Jacqueline Mina OBE (born 1942)
Overlapping oval platinum links imprinted with textured paper with 18 ct gold flecks fused to their surface, designed and made by Jacqueline Mina. Length 43 cm. Marked: Jacqueline Mina, London.
The superlative British artist jeweller Jacqueline Mina OBE is renowned for her experimental approach to precious metals, creating sensuous gold jewels which combine technical innovation with unassuming aesthetic sophistication. Mina has been at the forefront of technical experimentation with platinum since the early 1980s, combining it with gold in technically demanding ways with magnificent results. She won the Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Jewellery in 2000 for her “consistent innovation and significant contribution to contemporary jewellery … for subverting and taking precious metal techniques to the extreme.”
The Company Collection includes a wide range of Mina’s pioneering work in gold and platinum. Her necklace from 1984, made from overlapping oval-shaped platinum discs imprinted with textured paper and with gold flecks fused to their surface, represents another hallmarking landmark. The necklace bears the first ever hallmark for combined platinum and 18 ct gold. In Mina’s words; “I have worked in gold because its natural properties provide a constant source of inspiration, but I am always curious to discover what I could do with another metal, or another technique, … I have been able to discover for myself that platinum is not hard, cold or tough but that it is capable of great delicacy, elegance and preciousness, and that it is particularly effective when it is juxtaposed with yellow gold.”
Jacqueline Mina: the jeweller-forensic who uncovered the secrets of Roman gold, see here.
Amanda Game’s recent film on Jacqueline Mina can be seen here.
Jacqueline Mina’s work, alongside that of many other modern and contemporary jewellers, features in the recent publication by Dora Thornton on brooches in the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection The Brooch Unpinned available to buy here.