Dorothy Hogg, one of Scotland’s leading jewellery designers, created Articulated Necklace over a period of three months of intensive experimentation while she was studying for a master’s degree at the Royal College of Art in London.

The piece developed out of an interest in both harnessing the high reflectivity of silver and combining it with an original system of articulation that would respond to the movements of the body.

Hogg, who grew up in Troon on the west coast of Scotland, trained first at Glasgow School of Art, and later worked for more than 20 years as head of the department of Jewellery and
Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art.

Articulated Necklace represents Hogg’s early phase of innovation during a time when young designers were challenging conventional forms of jewellery. The necklace’s significance is reflected in the fact that it was featured in the December 1970 issue of Vogue.

Hogg sees her work as continuing in the tradition of Scandinavian and European Modernism. This necklace was originally intended to hold a disc of enamel, but was finally set with an oval piece of labradorite, a stone that is a hallmark of Norwegian and Finnish design.

Articulated Necklace, together with archive material relating to its creation and history, now
represents a significant addition to the growing collection of Northern European Modernist
jewellery held by National Museums Scotland.


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