Something that is central to Smith & Sun is that entire collections are evoked by a scent, an idea, a poem, the natural world. From there, I explore these through different mediums. My work with metal, my craft as a jeweller, begins to work in tandem with other practices.
In line with this, I began making silver Cynosure bracelets. These riff off the idea of ID bracelets, historically used to store medical information or gifted as an engraved momento. In my interpretation, I have marked these with words from a book I made, Abstract Interpretation, which collected over 8 years words from different languages which stirred or captured something previously indescribable, not always translatable. Engraved into the bracelet, these words capture a moment, a feeling, a memory, an intent. Which one you chose, may take on a weight of its own, becoming deeply personal.
As always with Smith & Sun, I love to use recycled materials and so, the chains used in this collection were either sourced through an old man with a metal detector or snapped up from various antique markets I found myself at. The rest was made by me to compliment, what already exists in the world. All sterling silver, all entirely unique.
Astral: 18cm, 19gms - This isn't from the dictionary, but the name of the collection. (English) Relating to or resembling the stars.
Asterism: 18cm, 26gms - (English) Group of stars that is smaller than a constellation.
Baetyl: 21cm, 20gms - (English) A meteorite or rough stone thought to be of divine origin. These sacred stones were supposedly endowed with life.
Caim: 21cm, 30gm - (Gaelic) A sanctuary - an invisible circle of protection.
Cicatrize: 23cm, 52gms - (English) To heal by forming a scar.
Ephemera: 22cm, 59gms (Greek) The transience of things - short-lived.
Rimjhim: 21cm, 52 gms - (Hindi) The tapping sound of rain, as it hits the roof or any hard surface.
Yugen: 21cm, 33gms - (Japanese) Deep awareness of the Universe that triggers an emotional response too deep for words.
If you want to see more of the book, you can check it out here: https://www.tarali-an.co.uk/abstractinterpretations