Isaruit set (Wings). Remarkable and dramatic, this one of a kind winged set of umingmak (muskox horn) neckpiece and earrings floats effortlessly on the chest. The simple sterling silver neck wire places the wings at an unusually wide position, resting softly below the collarbone.
The wing earrings are from one slice of finely polished muskox horn that reveal the same pattern shift and are partially translucent.
Baleen Set. This exceptional, dramatically large, jewel-cut baleen pendant is truly one of a kind. Five perfectly laminated layers of baleen are composed to this faceted pendant that hangs gracefully on the chest from a fine sterling silver chain.
The equally bold earrings are from one slice of baleen, finely polished.
mother of pearl, vintage cutlery handles, sterling silver, acrylic, steel hand pierced and hand fabricated. 7x7x2cm. 2020- 2021
This brooch is a flexible chainmaille structure of hand carved mother of pearl and vintage cutlery handles. I was initially compelled by the visual qualities of mother of pearl; the smooth, lustrous nacre being evocative of the Art Deco period as a signifier of technical innovation. Within its own structure, the mollusc nacre is an index of the tides, the waved patterning contributing to its remarkable protective strength. Even now, the mollusk produced nacre is being studied by chemists in effort to develop lightweight aeronautic materials and armour.
In the 1930’s and 40’s mother of pearl and other natural materials were simulated with bakelite, phenolic resins and other synthetics to create costume jewellery and popular functional items. I am fascinated by how these simulations have found their own value throughout the history of adornment by extending further into the general populations (sometimes covertly). The vintage cutlery handles allowed me to explore the subtleties of the two different materials. Optically similar, the mother of pearl is dense and compact, whereas the synthetic is almost stretchy, and endlessly durable. Together they are linked into a strong, collapsible network and brought to symmetry by the brooch mechanism. Armour for armour.
Small Core Sample Torus Pendantin sterling silver with 24k yellow gold plate lining the crevasses and nugget. Note the attention to detail in the deeply worked bail--the riveted link holding the pendant on the chain.
A complement to 'Core Sample Torus' rings that are also inspired by the rigidity of the tubular core sample formation, juxtaposed with the inherent organic nature of the rock and regolith.
A Unique necklace inspired and formed from salvaged tail lights of a car. The piece also features a red acrylic disk with sterling silver. It hangs on an adjustable 24" leather cord. The pendant is 4 x 4 cm.
Heart Bloom double finger ring is surely the largest of Annie Tung’s rings we’ve seen at the L.A. Pai Gallery. Charming patina pockets embrace the hand lovingly in this event of a piece. Sized 7 and 8, approximately. Sterling silver, patina, 22k gold leaf, resin, 5 L x 5.8 W x 4.3 H cm (approx.), 2021.
Cornerways Earrings These sterling silver earrings are frankly extraordinary. They are fine and delicate and yet strong. Beautifully engineered with just the right hinges,they maintain various different positions--positions that make them seem quite like different earrings from the moment before. 4.6 x 4.6 cm