In early October 2011 an article published by Professional Jeweller caused some controversy, the article in question regarded Nicholas James‘ collection “Savage Sovereigns”. Although the article itself was by no means derogatory the reaction in the comment box below was far from pleasing, as a group of anonymous industry insiders (who else reads Professional Jeweller?) proceeded to rip away at the concept of the collection.
[sic] …the sovereign, its revival in the Great Re-coinage of 1816, it seemed that the coin had been involved in London’s history for as long as it had been minted; this is what sparked the idea of linking the collection of rings with the mythologies of Victorian London. Each ring discusses a particular part of the cities 19th century underbelly, featuring heavily is the “Jack the Ripper” legend, with each ring hinting at aspects of the infamous case. Whether that be the black rhodium plated “Ripper” with cuts to reveal the true 18ct gold construction, or the “Tom” (Tom was common slang for prostitute in the Victorian East End) formed in 18ct white gold, embellished with Burmese rubies and intricate flower inspired engraving that beautifully wraps around the outside of the ring, and continues onto the interior of the band.
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