Tupelo to Red Right Hand: the songs of Nick Cave inspire a glitteringly dark jewel

Tupelo to Red Right Hand: the songs of Nick Cave inspire a glitteringly dark jewel

Model Susie Cave and jewellery designer Annoushka Ducas created a charm bracelet marked by Nick Cave songs. Here’s how its dark, rattling delights came to life.
  
Polaroid photography by Nick Cave

On a gathering storm 
Comes a tall handsome man
In a dusty black coat 
With a red right hand

‘Nick and I had the idea of a charm bracelet years ago. My mother had given me hers and I treasure it. We thought we could create one that sort of upset the common notion of what a charm bracelet was about, by having the charms correspond to his songs; to do something gently subversive under The Vampire’s Wife label. This little gold hand is definitely the hand of the song’s creator!’ – Susie Cave

‘The Red Right Hand is an almost life-like replica of Nick’s hand, complete with his signature ruby ring.’ – Annoushka Ducas

The charm bracelet is available at Annoushka and The Vampire's Wife

Red Right Hand
18-ct gold, ruby

‘I love the idea of charms being an aide memoire to people’s life adventures. I’m not entirely sure how the little electric chair fits in there, but who knows what people get up to in their lives! I would love to create more. I have a whole new set of them in my head. Nick, after all, has written hundreds of songs.’ – SC

Pictured, Susie and Annoushka, both wearing The Vampire’s Wife. Photography: Nick Cave

The charm bracelet is available at Annoushka and The Vampire’s Wife

My baby is alright
She doesn’t mind a bit of dirt
She says “horror vampire bat bite”
She says “horror vampire
How I wish those bats would bite”
Whoooah! Bite! Whoooah! Bite!

‘I had to choose a certain amount of songs, which meant leaving out one of my favourites, Jubilee Street. It has the wonderful line “I got a foetus on a leash”. But somehow doing a foetus charm seemed a step too far.’ – S

‘Working with someone else makes you design in a way you might not otherwise, and considering Susie’s ideas urged me to find a way to express her aesthetic without compromising my own.’ – AD

The charm bracelet is available at Annoushka and The Vampire’s Wife

Release the Bats
18ct-gold, diamonds and rubies

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