Spotted!!

Deborah Meaden self made millionaire entrepeneur wearing jewellery from Gill Wing! Watch out for Deborah on this series of Dragons Den wearing an exquisitely carved Jet and Swarovski ring and Jet Swarovski and 18ct gold necklace by our very own Jaqueline Cullen.

Jacqueline is the only artist that we know of to use Jet in a contemporary way. She plays on the natural beauty of the material, emphasising the crevices and cracks with granules of gold and twinkling ebony crystals. Her skill is to contrast the rough with the smooth as other areas of the jet are sanded and polished to feel like silk.

Jet is a prehistoric black fossilised wood. The trend for wearing jet jewellery was started by queen Victoria when she went into mourning for her consort, prince Albert. It became incredibly popular during Victorian times and it was mined from the rock. Jet has now become very rare, rough samples can still be found washed up by the tide or encased in the cliff face in the coastal area surrounding Whitby in North Yorkshire.

‘I have developed innovative processes and formats that celebrate rather than disguise the inherent qualities of Whitby jet allowing the natural beauty of the material to speak for itself removed from connotations of death, grief and morbidity. Responding to the rarity of the material, I hand-build collars and pendants by pegging and joining small sections of jet lined with 24ct leaving delicate threads of gold running through the finished objects tracing the breaks and joins. I am inspired by dramatic acts of nature, a placid sky ripped open by a violent storm, a volcano erupting, a cliff edge left jagged from erosion. Hiatuses inform my aesthetics and the interruption or breaking up of a bold, fluid form is central to my work where fractures, fissures and crevices are highlighted by an encrustation of textured fine gold, tiny crystals or glittering black diamonds.’

‘With the lightweight quality of Whitby jet allowing pieces to remain infinitely wearable, my contemporary collections continue to blur the boundaries between jewellery, art and sculpture and I remain committed to introducing this ancient and sensual material to a contemporary audience.’

If you would like to see more of Jacquelines work come and visit us soon!

We will be tuning in to Dragons Den on Mondays at 9pm BBC Two to watch Deborah.

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