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Pair of earrings: M.8A & B-2008

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Current Location: In storage


Pair of earrings


Maker: Adam, Jane




Anodised, dyed, and crazed aluminium leaves attached to stainless steel wire, on silver hooks. Matching necklace M.7-2008


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

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

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 2008


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

Framework composed of steel wire
Leaves composed of aluminium
Ear Hook composed of silver
A Height 12 cm
B Height 13 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.8A & B-2008
Primary reference Number: 166433
Entry form number: 1002
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 15 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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