‘Daphne and Apollo’ Necklace

This exquisite pendant was the very first Henn of London design to integrate a hand carved precious stone – a real statement piece in every respect. The resplendence of the central aquamarine crystal from Zimbabwe was a natural starting point in the creation of this extraordinary jewel, its shape inspiring a stellar depiction of the classical legend of Daphne and Apollo.

The carving was undertaken by one of the most experienced craftsmen in the Henn of London team, a real master, adept at addressing the particular challenges presented by working on a cylindrical shape. His artistic skills are equally reflected in the delicately sculpted three-dimensional scene which wraps elegantly around the gemstone. Compelling and harmonious it brings this impassioned legend alive in a unique and very precious way.

A finely crafted setting dynamically showcases the subtle detailing within the pendant, allowing its stunning aquamarine centrepiece to gently swivel, thus offering views from every angle. 18ct white gold pavé set domes encircled with marquise shaped diamonds frame the gemstone at either end, with an aquamarine bead leading to a pavé set white South Sea pearl at the base. Above, a specially cut and facetted aquamarine circlet marries the pendant to a dramatic necklace.

This simple yet bold and opulent Twenties inspired necklace design perfectly complements the classically presented narrative piece at this jewel’s heart. Here, as with the pendant, Henn of London plays with the delicious textures of pavé set diamonds enveloping the smooth surface of the South Sea pearls, their soft opalescent tones in turn finely counterbalancing the crystalline blue of the aquamarine. The necklace is detachable and the Daphne and Apollo pendant can be worn with an alternative minimalist chain. The ringed section of the dress necklace can also be unhooked, affording a wealth of variations in which the graceful elements of this unique bespoke jewel can be enjoyed.

Necklace in 18ct gold with 107.83 ct carved aquamarine, diamonds (E/F-vvs) 14.01 ct, aquamarine ring, facetted 6.78 ct, aquamarine rondel 2.50 ct, 38 pcs Southsea pearls

According to the Greek legend, Eros, the god of love cast 2 arrows in retaliation for being mocked by Apollo. The first was of gold, leading the music, art, poetry and sun god to fall hopelessly in love with Daphne, a divine river nymph. The second arrow, which was made of lead, was aimed at Daphne herself, causing her to despise her new admirer forever. Her father Peneus, the river god then cast a spell which transformed Daphne into a laurel tree, destined to save her from the unwelcome advances of Apollo. Henn of London’s statement pendant depicts Daphne approached by Apollo just as she begins to transform into the laurel.

 From the Henn of London Archive

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