material :925 sterling silver, second hand beads
material :925 sterling silver, lab grown tourmalines, lab grown white sapphires
Story about Hannah's creation for those earrings.
When my mother was 17 she lived in Japan for a year with a host family in a small town outside of Okayama called Oku. The couple she stayed with became like her parents and I have been lucky to grow up with them as my grandparents - “Baba” and “Jiji”. The last time I was able to visit Baba was in 2017, I stayed with her for a month. Since then her health has declined and she will soon move into a rest home. It is hard to not know when I will be able to see her next, and hard to know that when I do things will be different. I have been looking at some photographs I took on my phone on my last trip and this series of pieces is inspired by those images. Rock stacks, gates and lotus leaves at her local garden, lizards on her kitchen window and flowers in her garden.
Dangerous Goods Jewellery is made by Hannah Davis-Gray in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa - Auckland, New Zealand.
Dangerous Goods Jewellery is designed and made to be worn forever using sustainable, lasting materials. Hannah aims to design timeless pieces that can be passed between generations of wearers.
Each piece of Dangerous Goods Jewellery is made individual from start to finish using the lost wax casting process and silversmithing techniques. Although some designs are similar no two pieces will ever be exactly the same as one another.
As a self-taught jeweller, Hannah's pieces embody experimentation and excitement. She is inspired by found objects, collecting practices, sculpture, nature, humour and popular jewellery symbols.
Dangerous Goods Jewellery acknowledges the ethical and environmental issues caused by metal and gemstone mining and jewellery production, and endeavours to create each piece as sustainably and ethically as possible. Each piece is made by hand with minimal waste, favouring a simple tool set and local resources. Hannah's pieces are cast in 925 sterling silver at Regal in Mt Eden, this silver is mostly recycled however Regal occasionally adds newly minted silver when needed. All offcuts and filings are recycled back to Regal.
Hannah appreciates the cyclical potential of silver and gold which can be continually melted and recast, repaired, or reworked. Dangerous Goods Jewellery uses reclaimed beads, lab-grown gems, unconventional found materials and second-hand gems sourced through TradeMe or second-hand stores. The past lives of each 'stone' add to the charm and uniqueness of each Dangerous Goods piece.