Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s and Lord Alfred Douglas’s badly kept
secret, this sensational work crafted from 18ct Golds in our London Workshop, features a pair of miniature portraits hand-painted
on Mammoth Bone and a “secret” engraving on the inner lid.
This beautifully conceived opening ring is housed in a wooden box, designed in an Art Nouveau style and hand-carved in Rosewood with Blackwood inlays taken from Aubrey Beardsley’s illustrations for Salome. More Beardsley appears on the side of the ring. “The love that dare not speak its name” is engraved on the inner lid of the ring, and we hope that this work of art is one that Oscar would approve of.
"It is an homage to an appallingly treated genius whose weakness rather than his sexuality was his downfall. The portrait shows him, in colour and in his pomp, when he was at the Zenith of his gifts and the toast of London. Hidden, inside, in monochrome, lies his downfall surrounded by the line ‘The love that dare not speak its name’ and still cannot in many parts of the world over 100 years later".
Our one of a kind opening rings are acknowledged as miniature jewellery masterpieces, some with intricate enamelled details. Entirely handcrafted in our London workshop by our exceptional craftsmen amongst whom are mounters, small workers, an enameller, a setter, a stone carver and polisher all of whom have bedecked themselves with prizes and, of course, Theo.