It's been a busy year here at The Rock Hound so when Belinda Morris of The Jeweller got in touch it was a great chance to review how far we've come, what's the driving passion behind the brand and what the future holds.
NEW EDITS ADDED TO THE EVER EVOLVING CHROMANTEQ COLLECTION
Being a trained gemmologist, founder and designer Susi Smithers’ passion and knowledge is demonstrated through the use of exceptional gemstones and crystals chosen for their saturation and life. Previous pieces have shown the natural beauty of brilliantly green Namibian Demantoids, vivid blue Afghan Tourmaline, Mandarin Garnet and hot pink Mahenge Spinel amplified by a kaleidoscopic array of nano ceramic coatings. New pieces exhibit mini geodes and copper plated druzy which introduce a fresh, feminine tactility and finish. The Rock Hound’s signature nano ceramic coatings will feature but in never seen before colour combinations. Partnering this unparalleled, ever expanding treasure trove of gemstones with a blend of time honoured and contemporary techniques, The Rock Hound are able to create unconventional and exclusive pieces.
Using gouache paints, the process starts with a traditional hand rendering of the design which is transformed into CAD. The chosen gemstones for each piece are then scanned and linked digitally with the CAD where all measurements are calibrated to create a setting that perfectly fits the uniquely cut gemstones. With high tech software, the finalised settings are 3D printed in wax and then cast in recycled precious metals. The metal settings are coloured in an array of Nano Ceramics, an electroplating technique that bonds nanoparticles of coloured pigment to the surface of metal. Finesse and artistic skill are imperative in achieving the vibrancy and lustre.
“All the way from sketching with gouache paints to the nano ceramic coating, The Rock Hound pieces are a delicious burst of colour and a fusion of old-world techniques with a totally fresh finish. I love them!”
Claire Adler, Luxury Communications Consultant
“With this collection it has been vital to have an in depth knowledge of traditional skills and the courage to push for and try new technologies”
Susi Smither, Founder & Designer, The Rock hound
Rachel Taylor, IJL’s trend editor has already picked up on Chromanteq fitting into their Spring/Summer 2018 trends. Chase The Rainbow celebrates coloured ceramics and plating techniques that bring you surreal colour statements and gemstones that create accent flashes.
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About 6 years ago I, like Alice, fell down a rabbit hole and into a completely new world of lily-pads, horsetails, zebra-stripes, rain and silk. This kaleidoscopic universe is what you find inside gemstones. You can peek through the keyhole with a loupe but what you really need is a microscope to see any detail.
Being half American is very dear to me especially when that ties me to Virginia, where my Mother was born in Lynchburg. I've always felt at home there especially as an escape from the frenetic pace of London so you couldn't have a better location for an artistic retreat. At the end of a long winding driveway, tucked amongst lush woodland with the Blue Ridge Mountains on the horizon you'll find the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). Since I've been collaborating with them on an auction lot to raise funds during their Fête Champêtre on Saturday April 29th 2017, I was delighted to have the chance to look round their grounds, hear how things are run and even meet a couple of their residents last time I was in town.