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Oyster Necklace 2004

Jane Adam (born 1954, London, England, UK)

Oyster Necklace
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Photo: Mike Davidson, Positive Image / Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

Throughout her career Jane Adam has worked in a non-precious material – aluminium – to create what has been described as 'intelligent women’s jewellery'. This raw material has allowed her to explore her love of colour and pattern marking through the electrochemical process of anodising. With remarkable purpose and control she creates shimmering, vibrant and elegant pieces of jewellery. Aluminium is also light and easy to wear, contributing to her success as a commercial artist-jeweller with an enthusiastic clientele. Her production range now sits alongside one-off pieces. As aluminium cannot be soldered, Adam has developed an innovative handling of rivets and wires to join various elements. This necklace, comprising 10 double ovals interlinked by freshwater pearls, comes from Adam’s most recent exploration of subtle colours and naturalistic forms. The pods reference autumnal seedheads (such as the papery Honesty seed cases), emphasised by the soft shades of the colour palette she has chosen to work with. Adam handles the material skilfully and this, combined with her alignment of colour, pattern and shape, has had a substantial influence on British modern jewellery

Acquisition Details

Acquired from The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 2004
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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