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Necklace: M.7-2008

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Adam, Jane




Aluminium, anodised, dyed, and crazed aluminium with stainless steel wires, and dyed, cultured fresh water pearls. The necklace is formed of steel wire, to which are attached variegated purple narrow folded leaves, and pearls on longer wires.


History note: Exhibited at Origin, held at Somerset House, London, week 1, 7-12 October 2008, where purchased from the maker

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 30 cm
Height: 65-67 cm
Width: 26-27 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2008-11-24) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


21st Century, Early
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 2006


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: The colour, lightness and flexibility of these pieces demonstrate Adam’s understanding of the potential of aluminium as a material for contemporary jewellery. For example, aluminium is a less dense, less heavy material than precious metals and thus the leaf forms sit lightly against the human frame, comfortable to wear and responding to the simplest movements of the wearer. With the movement, the detail of the surface colour and texture are highlighted. Jane Adam: ‘My approach was to treat aluminium as an artistic medium like paper or fabric, and I found that, once certain principles were understood, it offered the studio jeweller endless ways of creating surface colour, mark and texture, for instance by painting, drawing, resist printing, block printing, overdyeing or crazing.’

School or Style

Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

Decoration composed of seed pearls ( cultured)
Structure composed of steel wire
Surface composed of dye
Leaves composed of aluminium

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.7-2008
Primary reference Number: 166432
Entry form number: 1002
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 15 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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