FLORA & FAUNA
Serpent's Trace Couture Emerald Necklace
18CT WHITE GOLD, DIAMONDS, EMERALD
The Serpent’s Trace Couture Emerald Necklace is Leane at his most innovative; the physicality of his ideas, from human-sized vertebrae, to snake endoskeletons that wrap around the neck, maximise his skills as “a jeweller” first.
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Leane uses traditional goldsmithing techniques to underpin the subtle movement of the serpent undulating across the skin; an incredible vertebrae of interlocking sculptural white gold pieces of “bone”, articulated with 1.30 carat of white diamonds; it slithers soundlessly, around the neck of the wearer, clasping in its jaws, an exquisite 3.34 carat pear-shaped natural Zambian emerald.
Leane’s bejewelled serpent is alive with mystical associations. Visceral, majestic, the snake’s hiss reverberates as far back as Ancient Egypt, when the coiled cobra, Uraeus, was a talisman.
Protectors of the pharaohs, serpent’s were a symbol of eternity in ancient cultures, and indigenous North America. They are dangerously beautiful, powerful and free. Physical, tactile, this is a breathtaking neckpiece with global reach. The Serpent’s Trace Couture Emerald Necklace was shown at Masterpiece, London, curated by Carol Woolton in 2012.