Iaera was one of the sea nymph daughters of Nereus, gorgeous young women who accompanied Poseidon, the god of the sea. She and her sisters represent everything that is beautiful and kind about the sea. Iaera lived with her sisters in the depths of the Mediterranean in a golden palace. We selected an unpolished sea blue topaz to capture the blue colour of the sunny Mediterranean, tranquil and kind to those who sail its waters, and combined it with the soft hues of rose gold, to represent the golden palace of Iaera deep in the sea.
The design is inspired by Roman necklaces using unpolished, pencil-shaped gemstones. Several examples dating from the first and the second century AD survive. Either the links are simple, hammered loops or the gems are alternated with more intricate designs in-between. Another Roman necklace gave the inspiration for the elongated links.
Pencil-shaped gemstones have this shape because this is the way the gems such as aquamarine, emerald and tourmaline grow naturally. By simply drilling this pencil in length a natural bead was formed.