Brooch, Large snail, 2014
This is a brooch.
In this magical brooch, a real snail shell is home to a golden snail covered with diamonds. The piece was handcrafted in the atelier of Hemmerle, a firm with a long tradition of jewelry-making. Stefan Hemmerle wanted to create a pair of snails, a larger one and a smaller one. He recalls, “Suddenly, one of the craftsmen said, ‘You won’t believe it—I have had at home a pair of shells for a long time. One looks like the mother and the other one like its daughter as they are the same color and shape.’”
It is credited
Courtesy of FD Gallery.
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Its dimensions are
L x W x D: 8.8 × 4.4 × 3.8 cm (3 7/16 × 1 3/4 × 1 1/2 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.