Shaun Leane recalls, ‘At a crowded exhibition opening at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Lee, Daphne and myself huddled in a corner trying avoid the mayhem. She said to me, “Shaun, I need some armor to protect me,’ a simple sentence that triggered the creation of this piece. It combines an armor-like structure with the elegant femininity of a satin evening glove. The diamond cuff can be detached and worn separately as a bracelet – making the glove more versatile to wear.
'It took four years to make by myself and three other craftsmen. It took one year alone just to produce the hand-linked chainmail sleeve which included 21 separate fittings to ensure its perfection. I personally crafted the diamond-set finger tips, knuckles and the myriad diamond birds that encircle it. The fine engraved lines on the hand-piece are intended to represent the wind. The idea for the birds came to me on a trip to India with Lee. In the distance, I noticed hundreds of birds on a rooftop that rose to the skies in a giant flock, grouping together to fend off eagles and other predators. These swooping birds seemed the perfect adornment for Daphne’s armor glove.
For me, this piece exemplifies Shaun Leane jewellery today. It’s where dreams are turned into reality, where we push the boundaries both technically and in terms of design. It’s where jewellery becomes fashion – like the finest piece of intricately-detailed haute couture.’ S.L.
Worn by Lady Gaga with Daphne Guinness on the cover of V Magazine’s V99 issue.
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