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Betony Vernon "Leather Whip Necklace" Sterling Silver 925

US$6,842.07

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The "Leather Whip Necklace" was designed in 1997 by Betony Vernon. The "body" of the whip is made of handwoven leather. The empowering unisex necklace is part of Vernon's personal archive a very limited edition of one out of three. It was recently shown at the Gewerbemuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland for the "Federn" exhibition. A bold style statement, the "Leather Whip Necklace" is a collectors jewel that can be worn discreetly in and beyond the boudoir. How to Adorn: Wear the "Leather Whip Necklace" on bare skin or in combination with your favorite outfit. Thanks to the double hook mechanism that comes with the "Leather Whip Necklace" it can be also be worn attached to belt loops at the hip. Note: Refer to chapter 17 X Marks the Sweet Spot–Erotic Flagellation of Vernon's book The Boudoir Bible (Rizzoli) for exciting tips for use. Material: Leather and Sterling Silver 925 Hall marks: BV-925 Edition: Made on command only (production lead time 6-8weeks) Size: Leather fringe 45,5cm/ woven body of leather whip about 44,5cm/ sterling silver handle 12,5 cm long Weight: 136g Handcrafted in Italy, all BV materials are cruelty free

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About the Designer

Betony Vernon

The paradigm shift took place over lunch in Florence, Italy, circa 1992. Betony Vernon, a striking flame-haired jewelry designer, was showing off her most recent creation: the 18-karat-gold O-ring, designed with a nod to a bondage collar, with a smaller ring affixed to its front.

Playfully, Vernon's partner put his pinky through the smaller ring as she donned the larger one. Then, the unexpected happened. “There was an electric impulse running through this piece,” she recalls. “We both felt it.” The feeling changed her life. “That was the moment I knew that jewelry can provide sensation and reinforce an intimate bond.”

Enabling others to experience electric moments like that — to “bring luxury, fantasy and sensual possibilities to the fine-jewelry world” — has been Vernon's aim ever since. “Sex and luxury were never associated,” she noticed, and the jewelry designer set out to change that. The result was her 1992 Sado-Chic collection, which became the Paradise Found collection.

Vernon grew up in Virginia and studied art history, religion and goldsmithing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Following her graduation in 1990, she moved to Florence, later earning a master’s in industrial design from the Domus Academy in Milan. Europe has been home ever since.

Vernon's designs are provocative, sexy. But if you look no further than that, you’re missing a much bigger (and more interesting) point. Vernon’s rings, necklaces, bracelets and other accessories represent a vital part of what she sees as her life’s mission.

“Pleasure,” she explains, “has been associated with sin, wrongness and naughtiness, not with joy, happiness and bonding.” Vernon has set out to demolish that “pleasure taboo.”

So, how is pleasure reflected in the design of Vernon's jewelry (and remember, we are talking sensuality not sexuality)? Early in the design process, she asks, “How many senses can I turn on?” Every detail relates to a sensual experience.

That crisp snap a clasp makes when opening or closing? A pleasure to the ear.

The softness and spring of noble metals, silver and gold? A pleasure to the touch.

And always, Vernon believes, jewelry embodies memory, legacy. A pleasure for the soul.

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