Bompas & Parr create glowing algae jewellery

[UK] Bompas & Parr recently teamed up with GoldieRox to unveil a glow-in-the-dark algae necklace at the label’s new collection launch, which was held at London’s Lights of Soho.

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GoldieRox’s founder Roxanne Rajcoomar created the collection, named The Mermaid’s Lunchbox, after being inspired by underwater life forms.

Contained in a glass orb, the Pyrocystis algae – known as ‘living light’ – is activated by movement and visible only in the dark.

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Priced at £2,000, it was displayed downstairs at the event’s ‘In The Depths’ space. Guests here were served a variety of food which glowed under UV light, including octopus terrine and gin and tonic jellies. This was washed down with a bespoke ‘Biolum-arita’ tequila cocktail.

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Bompas & Parr worked with Dr Simon Park, a senior lecturer in molecular biology at Surrey University, to grow and harvest the algae, which glows using the Luciferin enzyme to ward off predators at night.

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Harry Parr, co-founder of Bompas and Parr, said: “Jewellery design of the Victorian era romanticised the natural world, epitomised by Queen Victoria’s snake engagement ring set with turquoise. Here we partnered with Goldie Rox to bring jewellery into the modern age, where bioluminescent algae combine with sea-inspired shapes and forms.”

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Bompas and Parr have worked with algae before, having created an algae grotto for last year’s Merge Festival.

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Bompas & Parr were most recently behind Perrier-Jouët’s exotic Valentine’s florist, where attendees could create their own colour-changing bouquets in February.

 

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