18CT WHITE GOLD, DIAMONDS, BLUE CABOCHON SAPPHIRES
Shaun Leane’s Armis Cuffs are his homage to Coco Chanel, and her Maltese Cross cuffs created in 1930 by Duke Fulco di Verdura. Hand-crafted from 120 grams of 18 carat white gold, Leane’s symphony of curled lines swoop and curve, articulated by 328 brilliant-cut pavé-set diamonds on each wrist. A discreet hidden-spring catch is finished with blue cabochon sapphires on each end.
The Armis Cuffs are knife-edged yet voluptuous, flamboyant in style, and alive with drama. Leane distills new concepts and stories into powerful, contemporary bejewelled pieces of armour that convey “the freedom and strength of the modern woman.”
The emotive push-pull of opposing forces comes through; Art Nouveau and Art Deco, urban and ethnic, architectural and archetypal. When worn on the wrist, the Armis Cuffs generate a waterfall of white gold and diamond light.
Leane says: “I want my jewels to provoke conflicting emotions - confidence, fragility, seduction and protection.” They are the essence of the jewel as an heirloom, taking Shaun Leane’s team of master goldsmiths three months to make.