Tim McClelland typically creates intricate and classic gemstone pieces, but now he’s looking outside the proverbial jewelry box. Inspired by the tenacity of designers who changed the traditional notions of jewelry, McClelland is hoping to start a little ornamentation revolution at his own house, McTeigue & McClelland, where he is designer. McClelland has unveiled the “What the…?!” fine jewelry collection, which he says is his statement on the current state of humanity.
This story first appeared in the February 9, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
“The great geniuses of jewelry like [Georg] Jensen or [René] Lalique…probably even shocked people,” he says. The collection includes a necklace with a chain made of prehistoric shark’s teeth, magnasite carved to look like antacid tablets and a pendant made of painted rock crystal depicting a businessman facing a Tyrannosaurus rex ($5,500 to $20,000, 800.956.2826).