Johnny Coca has done it again. This time around, Mulberry's creative director dabbles in jewellery and successfully creates yet another collection for the British house. This contemporary jewellery line is heavily influenced by the Victorian obsession with 'cabinet of curiosities'—small collections of extraordinary objects that tell stories about the oddities and anomalies of the natural world. 

 

Coca injects an edgy spin to this collection for Autumn/Winter 2016 while using of traditional materials for an intriguing contrast. Case in point: A stag and fox head called Bestiaire, referencing beast anthologies from the Middle Ages that described real and mythical beasts, birds and even rocks. Bestiaries are actually a main source of inspiration to coats of arms in current times. For Mulberry's 'Cabinet of Curiosities', Coca's choice of gemstones have traditional inclinations to talismans and have symbolic meanings. The Princess earring (designed to be worn as a single piece) features Tiger's Eye that symbolises protection and good fortune, and have been touted to have properties such as gifting wisdom to the wearer. Another piece is the Stud, where you'll see dramatic faceted gemstones set in gold or silver settings inspired from fantasy worlds of medieval and Victoria mythology. Lastly, the Pearl's story references the iconic pearl while setting it into bold, ultra-modern metalwork and intricate chain for a statement-making necklace and ring.

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