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How can high value jewellery made from industrial waste be produced in a way that is historically resonant?

Inspired by the grand travelling cases or 'necessaires' of the 18th century and the grand parures of the 19th, this collection of necklaces, earrings, pendants and combs and hairpins is a wardrobe of jewellery for every occasion with rich textures and bold shapes. Tribal and folk art, car parts and vintage radios, inspired loose hand drawn shapes, that were then digitized and cut by water jet using the force of a fired bullet. The wood like appearance of the collection, achieved by extensive hand sanding has been complimented by vintage and modern beads.

Maia began as an experiment to see what can be made from vulcanised rubber - one of the earliest forms of plastic. Since the late 19th century rubber has been vulcanized by heating with sulphur present to improve resilience and elasticity, and to prevent it from perishing. Offcuts from the manufacture of rubber sheeting for the food and allied industries were vulcanised before cutting. Due to this process, these pieces have a high sulphur content and will tarnish any other unplated metals that they are stored with. They have also tarnished their own settings. They are however harmless to the skin and to clothing.

Ways to create these designs by 3D printing in recycled polymers are now being explored.

The collection is for sale as a whole in a vintage fitted case, and can be seen in detail on the Maia collection's main page. Price on enquiry.