Discover The Inspiration Behind Helena Malone’s Latest Jewellery Collection

Irish jewellery designer HELENA MALONE‘s new collection is included in the CREATE pop-up installation at BROWN THOMAS

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Yesterday morning, during the launch of CREATE, Brown Thomas’ initiative to support Irish design, we got chatting to jewellery designer Helena Malone about the draw we have to the sea; living on an island, it seems natural, and although it seems emotional, Malone told us it is actually completely scientific, and down to something called Celestial Mechanics. It is this theory that Malone has based her newest pieces on, the full collection of which is on display in Brown Thomas for the next six weeks. Celestial Mechanics, at a base level, references planetary movements, gravitational pull, and by extension, the movement of tides – and of course, how we fit into it all. For her new work, Malone has zoned in on the therapeutic nature of water; the ‘white noise’ of the waves that serves to to calm the buzz of the outside world – and how it’s not just by chance that we are drawn to our coastlines. Discussing it, Malone, who actually grew up in the Midlands, laughed about the fact that she could not stay away from rock pools and the sea as a child. This love of the water has translated into statement pieces featuring rutilated quartz, a clear stone with needle-like inclusions to truly give the feel of looking into a little rockpool – perched on the finger! Balancing the gems are other smaller, easy to wear pieces – elegant silver earrings and stacks of gold rings are clean and graphic. It’s a beautiful, well-considered collection; Irish to its core and made by hand in her Dublin studio.

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CREATE is at Brown Thomas until Sunday August 13.

Natasha Sherling

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