A jeweler's tribute to his grandmother is scattered around the world
Handcrafted earrings made from woman's favorite necklace honors her last wish.
After Jacob Skragge's grandmother, Marianne, passed away this year, Skragge knew he had to do something special with an amber necklace she'd bought during a trip to Israel in 1961. Before passing, the beloved grandmother told her family that she wanted her belongings to be "scattered in the wind," reports The New York Times.
Skragge could have mailed the necklace far away or tossed it off a picturesque Israeli mountain, but he wanted to do something different. Skragge was a jewelry designer – a co-founder of All Blues, a Swedish jewelry brand – and he decided to do what he knew. So he took apart the amber stones and fashioned them into 37 handcrafted earrings.
THE ORIGINAL NECKLACE In 1961 MARIANNE, the grandmother of All Blues co-founder JACOB SKRAGGE, bought this necklace made of 37 amber stones in Israel. In 2016 she passed away, wishing for neither her body nor belongings to end up forgotten in a box, but rather spread with the wind. Our homage to this wish was to make 37 earrings, each baring one of the stones from the necklace. One was given to her daughter, one to Jacob and 35 spread to the rest of the world. - Read the full story at New York Times @tmagazine. Link in bio. - The earrings will be available exclusively at allblues.se August 29 9AM EST. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter the waiting list.
Each earring is numbered. Skragge is keeping one, and he's selling the rest around the world through his company's online store.
Skragge previewed his collection at Ett Hem, a hotel in Stockholm, before releasing it online Monday. People really seem interested in it, since there's already a waiting list.
"Thank you all very much for your beautiful messages," said the All Blues website. "We are overwhelmed by your love and support."
All Blues' other co-founder, Fredrik Nathorst, was the one who actually designed, curated and photographed "Project Marianne." It must have been an emotional job, and Nathorst took care to make each earring sensitively.
Nathorst wanted to make something beautiful, but he didn't want intricate designs to overwhelm the meaning behind the pieces. So he used simple sterling silver plates to frame the amber beads “without becoming more important than the work itself.”
Skragge feels good about his creative decision. He imagines that having the stones will create "a warm feeling, and will make me feel her soul is staying present with me."
"I will give the earring I’m keeping to my future daughter or wife," he continued. "I know she would want that.”
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