When I first visited the Mayfair jewellery company to
look at their collection it struck me how individual
the pieces were, with emblems taken from different
world faiths, together with pearls and beads and
stones which put me in mind of Queen Elizabeth I.
The time I spent making my selection of pieces to
be featured in the image lead me to the
beauty and skill of the Dutch still-life painters.
The photographer I commissioned, Oleg Micheyev,
I knew would understand totally the aesthetic
I was looking for in the image. His attention to detail in
lighter was incredible - to the extent that he asked his
professor from his time at the Royal College of Art
about the lighting techniques used by the Dutch masters.
My styling was deliberately layered so that the viewer
would discover the jewellery entwined within a collection
of objects which had colours and textures embracing
the individual character of the necklaces, bracelets and
earrings - and including a bug, butterfly and blooms.