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On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Vulcan series

Ring
2012 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Emefa Cole’s jewellery is highly sculptural, with an appeal that is both visual and tactile. She is influenced by nature, but more as a force than for any naturalistic detail. She has written that her work ‘takes inspiration from the power of destruction, renewal and discovery in context of time and the elemental forces of nature’. Her Vulcan Series – from which this ring comes – is inspired by volcanic activity. With its bulbous shell and internal crater, it was first modelled in wax in one piece then cast in silver using the lost wax technique. The dark patination of its smooth, polished exterior contrasts with the rich softness of the gold leaf within. The ring was made in 2012 and was shown at Ghana Fashion and Design Week, Accra, the following year.

Emefa Cole (born Ghana, 1979) has a BA Hons in Jewellery and Silversmithing from the Sir John Cass School of Art, Media and design, London Metropolitan University, following which she took the 2012 Goldsmiths’ Company’s Getting Started programme. Her work was selected for the opening exhibition of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, London, in April that year. In 2020 (supported by the a-n) she worked with goldsmiths of the Asantehene in Kumasi, Ghana, learning traditional Asante casting techniques.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cast in one using the lost wax technique, oxidised silver with applied gold leaf.
Brief Description
Ring, oxidised silver and goldleaf, designed and made by Emefa Cole, England 2012
Physical Description
A large ring, its dark, polished, bulbous form extending seamlessly from the band. It is open at the top, revealing a cavernous three-layered crater within, glowing with gold leaf. The rim of the crater is delicate and irregular in profile, and its smooth, polished exterior contrasts with the tooled surface and mottled gold within.
Dimensions
  • Height: 42.5mm
  • Diameter: 37.5mm
Production typeUnique
Credit line
Purchased through the generosity of William & Judith, and Douglas and James Bollinger
Summary
Emefa Cole’s jewellery is highly sculptural, with an appeal that is both visual and tactile. She is influenced by nature, but more as a force than for any naturalistic detail. She has written that her work ‘takes inspiration from the power of destruction, renewal and discovery in context of time and the elemental forces of nature’. Her Vulcan Series – from which this ring comes – is inspired by volcanic activity. With its bulbous shell and internal crater, it was first modelled in wax in one piece then cast in silver using the lost wax technique. The dark patination of its smooth, polished exterior contrasts with the rich softness of the gold leaf within. The ring was made in 2012 and was shown at Ghana Fashion and Design Week, Accra, the following year.



Emefa Cole (born Ghana, 1979) has a BA Hons in Jewellery and Silversmithing from the Sir John Cass School of Art, Media and design, London Metropolitan University, following which she took the 2012 Goldsmiths’ Company’s Getting Started programme. Her work was selected for the opening exhibition of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, London, in April that year. In 2020 (supported by the a-n) she worked with goldsmiths of the Asantehene in Kumasi, Ghana, learning traditional Asante casting techniques.

Collection
Accession Number
M.13-2020

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record createdJanuary 15, 2020
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