Jewel of the day: Claudio Pino Nymphes de la Mer Ring
This striking ring, made by Montreal-based Claudio Pino with 14k yellow gold, diamonds and a ruby, is a one-of-a-kind piece.
About the artist: “Claudio Pino is a jewelry designer and goldsmith world-renowned for his astonishing sculptural and kinetic rings. Since earning his Professional Jewelers’ Diploma from l’École des métiers du Sud-Ouest de Montréal, Canada in 1995, he has been exclusively dedicated to the fabrication of one-of-a-kind pieces of contemporary jewelry. In 2011, with the support of Canada Council for the Arts, he pursued a master’s degree in the study of platinum at Holt Academy Jewellery in London England, as well as received intensive individual training from Master Jurgen J. Maerz, former director of Technical Education for Platinum Guild International, USA. He also completed a professional training about stone faceting at the Ashton Gemstones Studio in California.
Pino’s unique pieces of art has received numerous awards including The 2009 Steele Trophy for the best design in Canada from the Metal Arts Guild of Canada; The 2013 Israel Pearl Contest – Unity 2nd place; The 2011 National Award, Larger than Life, Metal Arts Guild of Canada, and the 2005 Special Prize of Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea. Moreover, several of his kinetic pieces were choose to appear in the famous movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
His collections have been presented around the world. During the creative process, I never forget that someone will be wearing the ring. Therefore, rings first need to be very comfortable and belong to the hand. My rings come alive only when they find their owners.”