The love of pearls has played an important part in Jane’s creative journey. From early days of working with the lovely ‘Biwa’ freshwater pearls to the astounding natural colours found in the dark Tahitian and Chinese freshwater pearls used today in her jewellery.
The natural forms of the South Sea baroque pearls are mixed in Jane’s designs with her ‘Mellis’ gold work and rich gemstones. ‘Keshi’ pearls are another favourite with the softer deep ‘crazed’ lustre and baroque shapes. These mixes of colour were illustrated in green, straw and deep brown and blue pearls in the group of five pieces exhibited in the recent major ‘Pearls’ Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, where she has also been invited to give regular talks about her pearl jewellery.
Her pearl and diamond ‘Starburst’ brooch can be seen in the Permanent Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Jewellery Gallery.