Eves Weapon Collier

Jewelry Design Award Winner.
Awarded Golden for Good Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design.

Eves Weapon Collier
by Britta Schwalm

  • Awarded April 15, 2016
  • CLIENT: Brittas Schmiede
  • 2.409

Eve's weapon is made of 750 carat rose and white gold. It contains 110 diamonds (20.2ct) and consists of 62 segments. All of them have two completely different appearances: In side view the segments are apple shaped, in top view V-shaped lines can be seen. Each segment is split sideways to create the spring loading effect holding the diamonds – the diamonds are held by tension only. This advantageously emphasizes the luminosity, brilliance and maximizes the visible radiance of the diamond. It allows for a extremely light and clear design, despite the size of the necklace.

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Eves Weapon Collier

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Eves Weapon Collier

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Eves Weapon Collier

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Eves Weapon Collier

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Eves Weapon Collier

Britta Schwalm

Designer of Eves Weapon Collier


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Interview with Britta Schwalm on Eves Weapon Collier

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
I love designs that need a second look. Is 'Eves Weapon' a modern necklace or a homage to an apple, to women? The apple is the first food ever served and is a highly potential symbol for all emotions and situations a woman can face in her life. An apple stands for health, fertility, seduction, lust and sin. Think at Aphrodite, Venus or EVE.
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
I designed 'Eves Weapon' to take part at HRD Award and got nominated. This resulted in being sponsored 20,2ct Diamonds to build the necklace. That was what I wanted to achieve - to work with 20,2 ct Diamonds. To work with that amount of Diamonds is gorgeous, fantastic, magnificent.
What are your future plans for this award winning design?
It is on roadshows. From Milan to Antwerp to Hongkong - all over the world, what plans would I need more?
How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
To design it took about approximately 3weeks. To build it I was limited by the HRD-rules - I had about 10 days and nights.
What made you design this particular type of work?
I read the motto given by HRD 'a la carte' and was surprised how angry I got. I though about a pizza as an earring or a prezel as a pendant - silly. Then I decided to ignore the theme because I thought it was not for me. I couldn't. At a time I thought 'appelring' - this is a food made by dehydrating slices of apple resulting in a ring in the design of an apple. This was the start...
Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
The inventor of the original 'Spannring' a ring that holds its diamonds by tension only. This is the perfect way to set a diamond and get the most of the brilliance and luminosity.
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
What is the best weapon a woman has? The way she can tempt and manipulate man. For example with the food she cooks.
What is the most unique aspect of your design?
The setting of the diamonds. It's very difficult to set a diamond by tension only in such small apple-segments. It's possible if the segments are hard soldered properly and only with high quality gold of 750/000.
What is the role of technology in this particular design?
Without laser cut I wouldn't be able to produce the apple-segments in the consistency and quality I needed.
Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
I researched in the Geek mythology and meet Aphrodite, Nike, Venus. I researched the symbol 'apple' and found the fall of mankind and the proverb 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away'. And I found Wilhelm Tell and his shooting at the apple at the head of his son. I recognised that the apple is a highly potent symbol- and the first food ever served, thinking back to the fall of mankind.
What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
The challenges were Working with the very high value of the diamonds Working against the given time Working with that high precision in an amount of 62 segments.
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
I got an A'Design Award in 2015 and had a lot of success with 'Glueckskind', so it was an easy decision to take part with 'Eves Weapon'.
What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
I learned that my family stands close to me. Without their support I wouldn't have been able to finish the work in the given time.

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