A Chichester jeweller has designed and hand made a stunning piece of unique fine jewellery which is to be auctioned in aid of Dementia Support at Sage House in Tangmere.
The beautiful gold mounted, gem set pomander has six segments which are set with pinkish-red rubies and a single cabochon cut dark blue sapphire above a background of open scrollwork design. The top of the pomander has six diamonds in the beaded edge cover which holds the top of the six segments in place. The finial at the top also has a narrow border of 24 smaller diamonds.
In the 16th century, pomanders were filled with different fragrances and worn on a long chain around the neck to take away the unpleasant odours which were caused by the squalor and disease of the time. However, this particular pomander, which is valued at around £25,000 is considered far too precious to wear; instead it is intended to be carefully handled and admired from afar.
Jeweller, Timothy Roe, who designed and built the pomander said that he took inspiration from a photograph of a simple silver pomander and a conversation with his elderly parents about how a particular scent could rekindle memories from years before.
Whilst designing the pomander he realised that the presentation was going to be important as well as the piece itself, so he began planning how the pomander could be displayed to make it even more special.
The Sterling silver and silver gilt decorative Voyage of Life Casket was built to cushion the pomander safely. The four panels on each side of the casket depict a relief of one of the stages of life as featured in the paintings by 19th century landscape artist Thomas Cole.
Timothy added: “Thinking again of the link that recollections of one’s life are important in helping people with dementia, I researched the stages we have in life and looked to see if I could find something in the arts that might help in finding a theme for the panels”.
All funds raised will go towards supporting the many vital dementia services which are provided at Sage House in Tangmere.
The CEO of Sage House, Sally Tabbner, said: “We were absolutely blown away by the stunning beauty of this piece of jewellery. It truly is a one of its kind and so very generous of Timothy Roe Fine Jewellers to create it in aid of our local charity. Whoever the owner is will have invested in an exquisite centrepiece for their home.”
The project took around 10 months from start to finish and the pomander and casket will be auctioned online from 19th-29th February 2024. You can also make a direct offer for the pomander and casket before the auction by emailing email@example.com.
For more details visit: www.dementiasupport.org.uk/pomander.