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Bracelet - Mediterranean


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    1993 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    ROY, born 1962 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, diamonds, recycled street sign, silkscreen printed, hinged and riveted

  • Credit Line:

    Anonymous gift

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 43, shelf C, box 4

In the 20th century artists began to make works of art with 'found objects'. Jewellers followed this tradition, or even took it a step further, by recycling materials to make entirely new creations. With today's consciousness of global warming and the need to use sustainable materials the jeweller of the future will undoubtedly engage more with recyclables.

Recycling is a major aspect of ROY's work. She often transforms aluminium street signs and mounts them in bracelet panels. This bracelet in the V&A is made of recycled and disguised colourful re-used 'bus stop signs'. Transformed into jewellery, they create intricate abstract forms allowing the viewer to make their own associations. ROY does not reject precious materials in fact small diamonds inserted into the panels form sparkling highlights.

ROY was trained at the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, and Kent State University, Ohio.

Physical description

A band made of nine hinged panels of irregular shape each decorated with a panel of blue and white silk-screen printed aluminium, set with a total of three diamonds.

Place of Origin

USA (made)


1993 (made)


ROY, born 1962 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, diamonds, recycled street sign, silkscreen printed, hinged and riveted

Marks and inscriptions

'ROY © 93'
Makers's mark and date; left-most panel on the back of the bracelet; punched

Standard mark (Hallmark); left-most panel on the back of the bracelet

Makers's mark; back of the clasp


Length: 18.8 cm, Height: 4 cm maximum, Depth: 0.4 cm

Descriptive line

'Mediterranean' Bracelet, silver, recycled street sign and diamonds, designed and made by ROY, USA, 1993.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Phillips, Clare. Jewels and Jewellery. London: V&A Publications, 2000. 138 p., ill
ISBN 1 85177 279 0


Silver; Diamond; Aluminium


Hinged; Riveted; Silk screen printing; Stone setting


Metalwork; Jewellery

Production Type



Metalwork Collection

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