Washington, D.C., has a very famous one, as do Buenos Aires and Saint Petersburg, Russia. Even Buffalo, New York, has its own. We’re talking about obelisks, and come March 17, London’s Dover Street Market will be home to its own imposing pillar, thanks to British jewelry designer Hannah Martin.
Built from DuPont Corian, more typically used for kitchen countertops, the 11.8-foot-tall statue is split across the middle, showcasing Martin’s pièce de résistance: a pyramid-shaped ruby, sapphire and 18-karat rose gold ring (retail price: $8,780). The project was created in celebration of her new spring collection, called “The Man Who Knows Everything,” inspired by 18th-century occult figure the Count of St. Germain. “There’s a narrative behind the line,” explains Martin, who, before launching her line in 2006, designed jewelry for Cartier. “I built up this whole image of a magical, hallucinogenic world, so I wanted to tell the story in a more visual way. The Count supposedly lived forever, so I was looking at alchemy — that’s where the triangle comes in — and this timeless, floating-across-centuries kind of thing.”
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