Theo Fennell has collaborated with Willard Wigan MBE, the world famous English micro-sculptor, on ‘The Empty Quarter Ring’. This collaboration began when Theo realised that Willard’s miniature sculptures would be perfectly suited to some of his intricate ideas.
They discovered a shared passion for unique artistry and design and, through working together, could bring amazing new dimensions to each other’s work. Now, knowing that Willard’s sculptures would work to perfection in his opening rings, Theo set about designing a piece that would appear empty to the naked eye. Entitled the ‘Empty Quarter Ring’, it opens up to reveal a desert, an apparently ‘Empty Quarter’. In reality, there are two miniature camels which have been beautifully crafted by Willard on a minute scale.
The ring is accompanied by a fabulously crafted magnifying glass to wear around the neck, to see the camels making their way elegantly across the desert.
The attention to detail is staggering: both have been crafted completely by hand by our brilliant craftsmen from different coloured 18ct golds and set with diamonds, while the body of the ring has been intricately deep-engraved with desert flowers and adorned with rose gold salamanders flitting across.
"I’m always excited about collaborating with people who have extraordinary skills: I love the process of bouncing ideas off someone else and finding new ways to stretch the art of jewellery".
Even the box created to house the ring is beautifully crafted in inlaid wood and has a drawer to store the magnifying-glass necklet.
This creation – from the box and the lorgnette to the ring itself – is a true work of art. It brings together the skills of a dozen brilliant award winning craftsmen and of course Theo and Willard themselves. Sadly, they can only make a few pieces a year!