'Welcome' Pillars Abstract Archives Stone & Zinc Necklace

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Part of our Abstract Archives Jewellery Collection which takes aspects of our iconic building and uses them to create beautiful items to wear. This piece evokes the shapes of our monumental pillared entrance.

This original jewellery piece has been created by Alexander Thurlow exclusively for The National Archives. Inspired by our iconic brutalist building the necklace is made from reconstituted stone set in zinc. The designs of this jewellery range echo the dramatic shapes of a building that houses 1,000 years of history.

Purpose built in 1976, the imposing stacked concrete slabs of the the building were 20 years later linked to a post-modern extension by a circular atrium, which playfully features floor finishes and glasswork imagery by artist Anne Smyth. Her inspiration were the seals and shields in medieval documents, the nearby River Thames and the movement of information in and out of the building. This piece evokes the shapes of our monumental pillared entrance. Each piece comes gift boxed with an information card.

Pendant 40mm diameter. 460mm chain (approx) with lobster claw clasp.


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Manufacturer/Publisher: Alexander Thurlow