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Bangle - Veiled Rays (Au Inclusion 2)

Veiled Rays (Au Inclusion 2)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2007 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Watkins, David (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Acrylic and gold

  • Credit Line:

    Supported by the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 36, shelf C, box 2

David Watkins (born 1940) is internationally renowned as one of the most influential European artists in jewellery, and was from 1984 to 2006 Professor of Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery at the Royal College of Art, London.

He began his career in the 1960s as a sculptor, jazz pianist and special effects model maker. These influences feed into his jewellery, which is all about form, rhythm and colour. He has explored a wide range of materials, from paper to gold, encompassing industrial materials such as acrylic, steel, aluminium and titanium. For him machine technologies and hand skills can both bestow beauty, thus traditional craft and modern technologies coexist without loss to one another. This bangle is an example of computer aided modelling linked to CNC forming and profiling. The interplay of its layered rays combine with the glow of the matt blue acrylic and the partially-obscured gold wire within (whose chemical symbol 'Au' gives it its name) to form a piece of intense visual and technical satisfaction.

Physical description

Circular bangle of matt blue acrylic with a circlet of gold within. There are two layers of acrylic which are held apart at the centre and meet at the edges, both with a cut out linear pattern. On one face the lines radiate from the centre, on the other they run parallel. The interplay of the lines gives an interesting visual effect.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2007 (made)


Watkins, David (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Acrylic and gold

Marks and inscriptions



Diameter: 145 mm, Depth: 8 mm

Descriptive line

Bangle, Veiled Rays (Au Inclusion 2), acrylic and gold, designed and made by David Watkins, England, 2007.


Acrylic; Gold


Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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