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Championing Jewellery Design with Atlas Pearls

Nobody can forget Audrey Hepburn’s charming performance in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with her pearl necklace combined with a classic little black dress. Way before that, pearls had been used as jewellery since ancient Greek times. Today, pearls still have a place in modern jewellery trends. The designs have become more varied, from antique to modern. Atlas Pearls, an Australian ASX listed company, is one of the global leaders in eco-pearling, specialising in the highly sought after silver and white South Sea Pearl. Their pearl farms include those Alor, Lembata, Flores, Papua and Bali. Just a few months ago Atlas Pearls held a jewellery design competition in cooperation with Indonesia Design. Many designers submitted their ideas and the winners have been chosen.

Atlas Pearl - Fibonacci the golden ratio 1 by Muhammad Ichsan

Winner: Muhammad Ichsan
Concept design: Fibonacci and
the Golden Ratio

Muhammad Ichsan uses a mathematical series that is often found in architectural works, arts and in the universe in his jewellery concept. The Fibonacci sequence, which is a series of numbers where each number equals the sum of the two preceding numbers, is the derivation of the Golden Ratio. This ration is repeates throughout the natural wood as well as the human form.

For this competition, Ichsan designed an ear cuff using semi round South Sea Pearls of the same size, but at production it was adapted to 7, 8 and 9 mm sizes. Each set of ear cuffs uses six pieces of pearls – three on each side – and the finishing uses 18 k yellow gold. The minimalist approach to the design is meant to make the wearer feel confident without having too many details. The simple and classy design makes it versatile; it can be worn by ladies in the 20s up to their 40s and can be passed down to future generations.

To Ichsan, pearl is a very interesting material due to the formation process. Each pearl is different to one another, hence there will be no exact twin designs. “The challenge is in choosing the right pearl. I had to test a number of pearls to finally decide which ones to use in the jewellery, concerning the shape, size and number,” Ichsan says. He only needed three days to come up with the concept. Executing the design, choosing the materials and the right pearls took longer until he was really sure –about a week. After that, he used 3D software to visualise his concept. Finally a design rendering process helped the design to look real with all the materials that he had imagined.

Atlas Pearl - Fibonacci the golden ratio 2 by Muhammad Ichsan

Atlas Pearl - Fibonacci the golden ratio 3 by Muhammad Ichsan

Atlas Pearl - Fibonacci the golden ratio 4 by Muhammad Ichsan

Atlas Pearl - Fibonacci the golden ratio 5 by Muhammad Ichsan

Atlas Pearl - Fibonacci the golden ratio by Muhammad Ichsan

Atlas Pearl - Muhammad Ichsan

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