This beautiful spiralling collection is based on the geometric pattern of the 'golden ratio'; a mathematical proportion that is known as the most aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Many artists and architects have fashioned their works around this ratio, from the Parthenon in Athens to Leonardo da Vinci's painting of Mona Lisa.
What is the Divine Ratio?
Also known as the golden ratio, the Divine Ratio is a mathematical ratio which is often found in nature. Closely connected to theFibonacci Sequence, the golden ratio represents a perfectly symmetrical relationship between two proportions. The ratio describes a rectangle with a length approximately 1.6 times its width. If you were to cut a square off this rectangle (with sides equal in length to the shortest side of the rectangle), the rectangle that is left will have the same proportions as the original rectangle, namely it would be another 'golden' rectangle. This could continue infinitely, which leads to the ratio being expressed as an infinite spiral.
The Divine Ratio in Nature
There are numerous examples of golden spirals in nature. Flowers, ferns, sea shells, pineapples and even honeycomb all exhibit the same ratio. This is perhaps why we find it so visually appealing. It has been found that our brains areprogrammedto prefer objects and images that are in the proportions of the golden ratio.
The Divine Ratio in Use
It is believed that theharmony and proportion of the golden ratio has been in use by humans for at least 4,000 years, or even longer - somemathematiciansargue that the Ancient Egyptians used the principle to build the pyramids.
Ancient Greek architecture used the golden ratio to decide relationships between the width of a building and its height, and to determine the position of the columns supporting the structure. The resultingbuildings feel entirely in proportion.
The Divine Ratio Collection
In our Divine Ratio jewellery collection we represent the golden ratio in sterling silver and gold vermeil, spiralling in perfectly polished proportions. Golden ratio pendants and earrings curl beautifully in a simple but aesthetically attractive design. All pieces in the collection are available in a choice of either sterling silver or 18ct gold vermeil.