Every piece of jewelry has a story. There is one we attach to it over time. There is also one that is born when the piece of jewelry is first created. Both carry a significance to the wearer. And as the piece travels through life with us the stories are passed on, told time and again, until one day that piece of jewelry is passed on to another person. A new story begins, but the piece remains, always holding great significance and importance to the wearer.
I strongly believe in the power of what we choose to adorn our bodies with. I believe the bits of metal and stone and gem we wear on ourselves, our fingers, necks, wrists, they give us strength. When I got the opportunity to photograph Kate Ellen’s Mitsuro Diamond Bangle, the first rarity to appear in Crown Nine’s ‘A Rarity’ series, I immediately felt that overwhelming power.
The bangle is a beautiful concoction of modern sensibilities and ancient technique. Kate Ellen melds influences from a recent inspirational trip to Joshua Tree to create a truly special piece that requires no special occasion to be worn. It is the kind of piece that clearly has a million stories to share.
With these photographs I hoped to capture the enchanting quality about the Mitsuro bangle. The union of perfect imperfections. The rough texture paired with clear cut diamonds. The influence of desert sand comes across so nicely when juxtaposed with nature’s landscape.
The bracelet looks lovely adorning the wrist alone, but I can imagine paired with the most prized items from your jewelry box will be equally magnificent.