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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1971 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ramshaw, Wendy, born 1939 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold and enamel

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 36, shelf A, box 1

Wendy Ramshaw first trained in illustration and textile design. Her early jewellery, made in the early 1960s with her husband David Watkins, used screen-printed acrylic and paper.

In about 1970 she turned to working in silver and gold, rapidly establishing a distinctive minimalist style influenced by modernism and industrial design. Its linear purity and decisive blocks of colour, along with the in-built versatility of her work, gained her the Council of Industrial Design Award in 1972.

Wendy Ramshaw is a leading and internationally renowned artist jeweller, who experiments with a wide range of materials and new technologies. Artistically she was always ahead of her time, her designs are distinctive and innovative.

In this necklace Ramshaw has translated enamelling, a traditional craft, into a modern language with colourful and ornamental inlaid bands. It was part of the collection which won the Council of Industrial Design Award, 1972.

Physical description

Circular necklace from which hangs a row of seven vertical pendants each with a gold sphere at the end. The necklace is decorated throughout with narrow parallel bands of red and orange enamel.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1971 (made)


Ramshaw, Wendy, born 1939 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold and enamel


Height: 18.5 cm, Depth: 1 cm

Object history note

First shown in the Exhibition of British design held in the Louvre in 1971

Historical significance: From the collection that won the Council of Industrial Design award in 1972

Descriptive line

Necklace of turned gold elements decorated with red and orange enamel, by Wendy Ramshaw, 1971.


Gold; Enamel


Enamelling; Turning


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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