(This item is pending completion in the jeweller’s workshop. – 24.05.19)
This silver gilt (22ct yellow gold) pendant with the precious gem peridot is made by the jewellery designer-maker Dominic Walmsley. Dominic was apprenticed in 1989 after serving under a traditional goldsmith/silversmith in Putney, London. He set up his own business in 1991, with a studio and workshop in London’s jewellery district. This is where I first spotted his collection based on a mediaeval map of Clerkenwell. I was preparing to open my gallery with the exhibition, ‘Maps of the Imagination,’ when I commissioned a St Andrews Collection for my inaugural exhibition in August 2017. I took the Geddy map down to Dominic’s workshop and shop. We spread out the map and decided on which part of St Andrews to base this new collection.
Each piece in the St Andrews collection features the iconic steeple of St Salvator’s Chapel, which leads into St Salvator’s quad, the heart of the University in the town. To the right, the windows of the chapel can be seen. The layout of North Street and Market Street, the town’s houses with their ancient ‘lang rigg’ gardens are rendered in awe inspiring detail. The image is readily identifiable to today’s visitors, students and residents of the town. The whole collection is a testament to the designer-maker’s superb craftsmanship.
Dominic is now based in Sevenoaks, Kent. With family connections in Edinburgh, he has been a welcome visitor to the gallery – on one occasion, speaking with visitors about the stages involved in creating this unique collection.
I am grateful to Dominic for granting the gallery world exclusivity for his St Andrews collection.
22ct yellow gold on sterling silver with the precious gem peridot. 18″ chain.
Dominic’s jewellery can be purchased using the OwnArt scheme, i.e. in ten interest-free monthly payments. Please see OwnArt website for more information (click on the blue link).
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