The Entomology Collection is intended to challenge the notions of what is beautiful and desirable with what is repulsive and feared. Insects are fascinating; they make up 80% of the species on Earth. There is a long history of insects being used in jewellery, their natural iridescent wing cases often being used as jewels. Yasmin's degree in Classical Studies lead her to discover both Herodotus and Aristophanes referring to the old men of Athens wearing golden crickets in their hair. Insects also epitomise the mantra of ‘live fast, die young and leave a beautiful corpse’ as their exoskeletons remain while their soft flesh decays within. Yasmin has taken creatures that are often hated and feared and has transformed them into silver gilded with gold plating and precious stones so that they become something beautiful.
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