In an exclusive reveal with IGN, RockLove has announced their newest Marvel collection: Doctor Strange
. The collaboration with Marvel consists of four pieces, with accurate representation from Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Speaking with IGN, RockLove CEO and Designer, Allison Cimino, shared the historical and modern inspiration for their newest collection, how it differs from past Marvel collaborations, and what they have in the works for future Marvel pieces.
The Marvel x RockLove Doctor Strange Collection includes:
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The Rotating Spell Medallion was inspired by the astrolabe and has a rotating dial with etched sigils that spin – replicating Doctor Strange's hand motions while going forward and backward in time. Cimino went into detail on the historical influence of the piece.
"I’ve had a lifelong passion for historical jewelry techniques and have often included them in RockLove, especially in the form of mechanical articulations," Cimino said. "An astrolabe is an ancient multi-millennia-old astronomical instrument that represents the universe and was historically used to measure altitude, time of day, identify celestial bodies, chart the tides and more. Handheld, and often worn as jewelry, they could triangulate time and location in space, which is VERY apropos for Doctor Strange!"
In terms of the influence for the medallion from Doctor Strange himself, Cimino said the sigils and geometry are accurate to the MCU. "The sigils in Marvel X RockLove’s Doctor Strange Spell Medallion are true to those seen on-screen, glowing as a practitioner brandishes the Time Spell magic."
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"The rest of the collection, including the Spell Bangle, Spell Hoop Earrings, and the Spell Spinner Ring are renditions of the same fractal geometry and sigils of the Time Spell," Cimino said. "Every surface of the Spinner Ring is etched with the potent iconography and features spinning articulation – perfect for the fidgeting Magician!"
When Cimino designed the collection, she tested the Spell Bangle and Spell Hoop Earrings both flat and three-dimensional – wanting to translate the Time Spell magic on-screen into a geometric design. "I was concerned about the final pieces being a comfortable weight but didn’t want to miss a chance playing with 'time and space,'" Cimino said. "Ultimately the multi-dimensional concept won, and the hoops were made in a diameter that would be light enough for every-day wear."
In comparison to the most recent Marvel x RockLove collections, such as Loki, Captain America, and Black Widow, Cimino said the Doctor Strange Collection is their most unisex collaboration so far, as it's solely metal without any gemstones. "The three-dimensional geometric silhouettes are reminiscent of Sacred Geometry to the non-Marvel fan. I most enjoy that this series is both an homage to a specific character AND transports the wearer into the Marvel Universe."
With the expansion of Marvel's stories on-screen, including WandaVision, Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, along with new characters coming into the MCU in Shang-Chi and Eternals – Cimino said, "In addition to my own inspired-by pieces, RockLove has been collaborating with Marvel Studios to create some very special prop replica jewelry that will be launching at various points through 2021!"
Cimino said the Doctor Strange Collection, "lets us all tap into the ways of magic, specifically with the Time Spell!" To stay up to date on RockLove's newest collections, you can head over to rocklove.com
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for behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and reveals.
For the latest Doctor Strange news, read about how the character was written out of WandaVision
, and how WandaVision itself set up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
. For more RockLove jewelry, check out the seven-piece Marvel collection
that includes Thor, Captain America, and Spider-Man.
Jessie Wade is Homepage Manager at IGN and still can't decide which MCU character is her favorite. Tell her yours on Twitter @jessieannwade.