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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    2011 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Arnold, Zoe (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold set with uvarovite garnet.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 43, shelf A, box 7

Zoe Arnold (born 1981) is a British artist jeweller and sculptor whose work, often inspired by her poetry, combines figurative elements with unusual minerals and found materials. Her work is visually intriguing with meanings hinted at obliquely. Her style is distinctive and inventively eclectic, drawing on an extensive array of materials and themes. Her work often combines poetry and collage to create striking, sculptural objects.

This ring is set with two gold flies flanking a rectangle of bright green garnet crystals. It relates to her poems ‘The Destiny of Flies’ and ‘Hope’ – which present a rather dark view of humanity’s yearnings and searching. In 'The Destiny of Flies', she describes :

"A vast array of silent dancing soldiers,
How they turn and waltz their last upended hours,
While others pass,
Unhindered, into the day."

The green field above which the flies hover is made of uvarovite garnet. The pattern on the flies' wings was made by pressing leaves into the gold.

Physical description

The bezel consists of two squares of uvarovite garnet set in gold and placed on either side of the band to form a rectangle. At each side of the rectangle, a finely modelled gold fly hovers. The hoop is a simple, unpolished gold circle of gold wire. The back of the bezel is made of oxidised silver.

Place of Origin

England (made)


2011 (made)


Arnold, Zoe (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Gold set with uvarovite garnet.

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks:
ZA - maker's mark for Zoe Arnold
Lion passant - silver hallmark
928 - silver standard
Leopard's head - London mark
Date letter m for 2011
The ring is hallmarked for silver rather than gold because of the oxidised silver back to the bezel.


Height: 23 mm, Width: 32.5 mm, Depth: 24 mm

Object history note

Selected by Clare Phillips and Richard Edgcumbe from a group of Zoe Arnold's work presented by Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner.

Descriptive line

'Destiny' ring, gold and uvarovite garnet panels flanked by two golden flies. Designed and made by Zoe Arnold, England, 2011.


Gold; Uvarovite garnet; Oxidised silver


Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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