Spider Lady Basket Earrings
Price available upon request
18k Yellow Gold / Platinum / Pink Tourmaline / Aquamarine / Diamond
19mm x 66mm
Long a popular motif in jewelry design, going back at least to Victorian times, the tiny creatures in our Invisible World collection represent Tony Lent's ongoing study of worlds in miniature. The world of insects and arachnids, in particular, has provided the perfect sort of inspiration for Anthony Lent, as so much of our work is about exploring the almost invisible, in finding beauty where you don't expect to find it. For Tony, insects have larger lives than we tend to notice, just as his jewelry has details that people often fail to notice at first glance. In both cases, if you look closer, you will constantly discover new things. He also can't get the classic movie "The Fly" out of his head since he saw it as a child, so anthropomorphic insects just make sense to him. Some of these tiny creatures also allude to other creative arts. Our Ladybug motif, for example, evokes a metaphorical approach to jewelry—the pieces can be thought of as clever references to the frequent appearance of these creatures in sentimental poetry. They are whimsical insects, too, like fireflies and bees, which may also make an appearance in the Anthony Lent catalog someday. The Spider Lady probably hearkens back to when Tony first read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but what fascinates him the most is humanity's mixed reaction to spiders. On the one hand you have "Charlotte's Web" and the friendly creature we associate with our own Spider Lady. On the other hand, of course, is the deadly Black Widow. Since the females of this species eat the males, Tony tends to shy away from that reference. Instead, he appreciates the cunning of spiders as well as their craftsmanship. Like bats, people are afraid of spiders, so Tony is hoping his work will prompt them to take a closer look at their magical, miniature world. Many people like to collect these tiny creatures, too, but we're certain we've made something even more collectible.