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Earrings

Earrings

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1979-1980 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pachachi, Reema (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Titanium and steel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Janine du Plessis

  • Museum number:

    M.58:1, 2-2003

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

As gold prices rose in the 1970s, jewellers began to look for alternatives to precious metals. Traditionally, they would have turned to base metals, such as bronze, iron and steel. Now, with the continuous search for the ‘new’, they sought out a wider repertoire of metals and also innovative techniques to create colour through patina. Silver was oxidised, aluminium anodised and painted. The vivid shimmering colours of titanium jewellery are achieved by submerging the metal in an anodic bath and passing an electric current through it. It is an effect that was particularly popular during the 1980s, but was a relatively new technique when Reema Pachachi was experimenting with it while a student at the Royal College of Art in the late 1970s.

Reema Pachachi works today as a designer-jeweller, mainly in precious metals. When she made these earrings - she used non-precious metals and PVC for her work. The design was more important than the value of the materials applied. This pair of earrings was made just after she graduated in 1979 and mark the start of her successful career both as a jeweller and as a teacher.

In 1998 she stated: “Although I now make precious jewellery, I’m still aware of the fashion system and that helps to keep my work fresh.”

Physical description

Each earring consists of a decorative triangle of titanium held on a large loop of steel wire. The triangles are equilateral, purple / blue in colour and decorated with further triangular shapes in green and yellow. The steel wire passes through a hole at the centre of each triangle and would also pass through the lobe of the ear when worn.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1979-1980 (made)

Artist/maker

Pachachi, Reema (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Titanium and steel

Marks and inscriptions

'Reema'
Signature; Along edge

Object history note

Reema Pachachi graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1979, and this pair of earrings, which relates directly to the work shown in her degree show, was made for the donor immediately afterwards.

Descriptive line

Pair of earrings, triangle of titanium held on a large loop of steel wire, Reema Pachachi, England, ca. 1979 - 1980

Materials

Titanium; Steel

Categories

Jewellery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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