"Of all Peking's enchanting sights, the beauty of the Altar of
Heaven is the hardest to describe. It's sublime austerity is mocked
by words. It is what it is - the most fitting architectural
expression of man's highest aspirations in the world" - John
Blofeld: City of Lingering Splendour, 1961
'I have always found this quote the best description of the
magical building that is The Temple of Heaven. The geometric
patterns on the ends of the roof tiles led me to sketch out the
idea of the Temple of Heaven earrings. It was important that each
section should move, so the little links needed to be strong, yet
It takes a brave jewellery designer not to fill every part of a
design with stone or gold. To leave 'air space', as we call it in
the workshop, is when a design is good enough, bold enough, strong
enough, that you can start to take away the gold and leave space.
In this design: space is the luxury.