Flat lay of gold gradient chain necklace subtly changing colour from 22k white, red to yellow gold on white background
close up detail of 22k gold chain necklace in a subtle shift of colours in each link creating a gradient
Gold gradient chain necklace on display in awards cabinet with other fine jewellery at the Goldsmiths' Hall
hand alloyed and formed loops of gold on a chart to show the gradient of a gold chain necklace to be made
Amanda Li Hope being presented her award certificates by the GC&DC chair, Anne-Marie Reeves, on stage with a red velvet backdrop.
Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council (GC&DC) Silver and Bronze award certificates for Amanda Li Hope on a grey background
gold gradient loop in loop chain necklace on white background

Chromaticity Necklace

chro·ma·tic·ty (krō-mə-ˈti-sə-tē) (noun)
the quality of colour characterized by its dominant or complementary wavelength and purity taken together

The Chromaticity Necklace, a handmade gold gradient chain necklace design, was awarded both Silver and Bronze awards by the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council in 2024. Amanda won Bronze in the ‘Jewellers Craft’ category and Silver for ‘Wire Innovation’, the latter of which is sponsored by the Worshipful Company of the Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers .

Using 22-carat Fairmined Ecological Gold, this loop-in-loop chain necklace showcases Amanda’s skills as a goldsmith and her uncompromising ethical values. The gradient is created by using individually handcrafted links in eighteen different alloys creating a seamless shift from white to red to green gold. Amanda formulated and weighed out the precious materials, before melting, forging, milling and drawing down into pieces of wire. She then formed and fused the wire into rings before weaving them together to create this 18in / 46cm chain.

The concept and name for the design draws on a Chromaticity diagram; a visual chart mapping the hue and saturation of the RGB spectrum of light visible to the human eye; the chart creates a perfect “colour wheel” . The Chromaticity design translates this pure three-hue concept into a 210-link, loop-in-loop chain. Instead of three RGB colours, the colours of three metallic elements have been used; silver, copper and palladium, with alloys methodically used to create the subtle transitions between them.

Two full cycles of the colour shift are in the piece so a full spectrum can is seen when the necklace is worn.

The Chromaticity necklace showcases ethical gold, using 22-carat Fairmined Ecological Gold from the Oro Puno mine in Huancavelica, Peru. This is alloyed with 100% recycled fine silver, copper and palladium.

For more information on the making process, please visit Amanda’s Instagram or to see some photos from the awards ceremony in 2024.

Should you be interested in a necklace like or similar to this award winning piece, please contact Amanda for more details.

Photo credits:
Chromaticity necklace on white background © Richard Valencia
Amanda collecting award certificates from GC&DC Chair, Anne-Marie Reeves, © Julia Skupny
All other photos @ Amanda Li Hope

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