Jewellery from Cathy Pope’s new Lucent collection. Images supplied.
A gorgeous new collection from Cathy Pope Jewellery launches today with the range offering a vibrant array of jewels for customers to enjoy. It’s called Lucent and sees designer Cathy Pope introducing colourful glass into her offering and celebrating the legacy of 20th century costume jewellery.
“Last October on a trip to India my manufacturer identified the gemstones in some beautiful heirloom pieces from my grandmother as glass,” says Cathy Pope. “Initially I was disappointed as I was fooled into thinking they were something much more luxurious and precious. But this set me on the road to what has become one of my most beautiful, relevant collections yet.”
Glass offers the designer an abundance of colour, size, cut, shape and consistency for her new pieces, not to mention affordability which is an important factor in our current environment. The dazzling new pieces feature brilliant facet cut glass in bespoke veridian, indigo and saffron that sparkle in translucent luxurious, contemporary settings. Among the pieces on offer is an elegant pendant on a paperclip chain, a gorgeous cocktail ring that exudes glamour alongside eye-catching studs and stunning earrings that twinkle in the light.
“This fired up a new world of possibilities to me, exploring the history of costume history and use of glass in fine during times of war and scarcity. Creating my own bespoke green (veridian), blue (indigo) and yellow (saffron), unique to Cathy Pope Jewellery, made from sustainably sourced, low carbon emission recycled glass, which at the very end of their lifestyle (hopefully in many, many years to come), whittles down to become sand. The choices of those three are because I love their rich depth of consistent colour, and in the sizes I like to work with, sapphires, emeralds and topaz gemstones are prohibitively expensive.”
This beautifully handcrafted Cathy Pope Jewellery collection breathes new life into the story of forgotten heirlooms and celebrates the rich legacy of jewellery making through the ages, reaching back thousands of years. Each piece is carefully created and made to last so it can be passed down from one generation to the next like jewellery from our own ancestors was once handed down to us.