William Henry is known for ruggedly good-looking men’s jewelry and knives, so teaming up with country music’s Zac Brown Band on a jewelry project seemed like a masterful move. Enter the new Jekyll + Hyde collection, the name of which mirrors the name of the band’s newest album, released in late April. At the same time, William Henry debuted a trio of pendants made in silver, bronze, and silver with 22k gold accents, with 20 percent of proceeds benefiting Camp Southern Ground, which creates meaningful camp experiences for children.
“The inspiration behind this collection comes from the album art of Zac Brown Band’s new album, ‘Jekyll + Hyde,’ ” explains William Henry founder and chief designer Matt Conable to JCK. (The album cover is a close-up of Zac Brown, while the pendants feature stylized versions of his mug.) “The pendants each hold up to three guitar picks and come with one Zac Brown Band official tortoiseshell celluloid pick and one black William Henry pick,” adds Conable. “We commissioned master engraver Aleksey Saburov to execute the intricate hand-carved design.”
The relationship between Conable and Brown blossomed over a shared love of music and blades, and the pair previously collaborated on a collection of guitar-inspired pocketknives. Conable had designed a guitar-pick pendant that he never released and worked with Brown and Saburov to make a collection tied to band’s new album.
Camp Southern Ground, meanwhile, is Brown’s favorite charity, with a mission statement of helping kids to overcome academic, social, and emotional difficulties through camp experiences.
The bronze pendant is drops from a double-layered deerskin cord, the silver pendant is has an antiqued sterling silver chain, and the silver with gold inlay style hangs from a sterling and onyx-accented chain. Retail prices are $199 for bronze, $299 for silver, and $1,499 for silver and gold. Pieces start shipping to stores in May but are available now on Williamhenry.com. Gold and silver styles are limited to 100 pieces.
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