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Jessica Pass

MA work



Centered around humanity’s natural curiosity, this collection was inspired by ‘Curios’ and the cabinets that hold them. When presented with a hinged trinket we feel a compulsion to discover what lies within. The collection consists of intricate hinged pieces that contain the unexpected.

The highlight of the collection is the ‘Cicada Neck Piece’. This contemporary locket opens to reveal a stunning golden beryl in the clutches of a miniature figure whose limbs serve as the stone setting. The veins along the wings and the markings on the body have been hand engraved, and are plated in 24ct yellow gold, providing a striking contrast to the main body plated in black ruthenium. The cicada is fixed to black ruthenium branches that form a torque-style necklace, reminiscent of the cicada’s natural habitat.

The collection continues with a series of insects that adorn other areas of the body, ranging from large cocktail rings to cufflinks and tie pins, all opening to reveal a hidden secret.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Jewellery & Metal, 2017

  • I have long been determined to forge a successful career as a jeweller. From the beginning of my time at Central Saint Martins and throughout my masters at the Royal College of Art, my style has altered in many ways. After these six years of training, and discovering my identity as a designer, I now feel ready to embark on my journey into the industry. Jewellery has always served as miniature sculpture to me. I take great pleasure in creating intricate pieces that can adorn the body and be treasured.

  • Degrees

  • BA Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • Wellcome Collection pop-up Reading Room event. Presented work inspired by the amulets in the Reading Room, engaged with the public explaining my work and involving them in group discussion, 2016; Royal College of Art Christmas fête. Produced a range of pieces sold over three days at the Royal College of Art, 2015; Central Saint Martins Degree Show, London. Produced a collection exhibited at CSM. Some pieces were sold, 2015; CSM Pop-up Shop. The production and sale of 20 pieces to be sold in the Central Saint Martins Pop-up Shop, located at the CSM ‘street’ and Islington, 24th-26th November 2014. All proceeds will go towards the BA (Hons) Jewellery Degree Show, 2014; Sustainable Catwalk. Tutored by Hannah Martin and Scott Wilson, culminated the ‘SALVAGE’ Catwalk Show, 2014; Victoria and Albert Museum live project. Designed a piece in response to the ‘Hollywood Costumes’ exhibition. Work was exhibited at a Friday night late, 2013; Necessity is the Mother of Invention. Competition in collaboration with the Pitt Rivers Museum. Design inspired by the Museum of the History of Science. Piece selected for exhibition in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Feb 2012; Victoria and Albert Museum ‘Pearl’ Live Project. Runner up in competition. Work was exhibited in the V&A, arranged by Beatriz Chadour-Sampson, 2013; Foundation end of year exhibition – Oxford, 2012; The Yarrow Gallery – Oundle, 2011
  • Awards

  • Swarovski Live Project. A competition in collaboration with the V&A Museum. Designed a statement piece in response to the Alexander McQueen exhibition 'Savage Beauty'. Was one of the ten finalists chosen, and named runner up overall. 2015