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Jewel of the day: Shaesby Pyramid Ring

Shaesby’s work has morphed over time from tiny delicate gold pieces to more substantial sculptural work. Case in point: this pyramid ring made of gold and sterling silver. It reminds me a bit of Japanese mokume gane gold work.

The site notes, “This pyramid ring with a 22k yellow gold inlay and oxidized sterling silver pyramid and a 14k yellow gold base
ring is 5/8″ wide and 1/2″ tall. Our jewelry is designed and made one piece at a time in our Austin, Texas studio. Each style is specially handcrafted for you. At Shaesby, we work with sterling silver, 14k and 18k yellow, white and rose gold, and platinum upon request. all materials are responsibly and ethically sourced.”

This sells for USD$2,475.

Jewel of the day: Monique Pean Rutile Triangular Ring with Black Diamonds

Monique Pean makes lavish jewels with a statement look and price. About the designer: “As the premier sustainable fine jewelry collection, MONIQUE PÉAN raises awareness of art, culture and global environmental issues through design. MONIQUE PÉAN is known for its sculptural and structural one-of-a-kind pieces and unique materials and is committed to partnering with artisans around the world to support traditional craftsmanship. MONIQUE PÉAN pieces are handmade by master artisans in New York City using sustainable materials sourced globally through fair trade initiatives. Proceeds from MONIQUE PÉAN sales contribute to global philanthropic organizations which provide clean drinking water and basic sanitation to people in developing countries.

Monique PÉAN launched her eponymous socially responsible and sustainable fine jewelry company in 2006. In 2009, Péan was one of the recipients of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and received Tiffany & Co.’s former CEO Michael Kowalski as her mentor. Most recently, Péan was a recipient of the 2015 Wallpaper* magazine design award for “Best Jewellery.” Péan was raised in the Washington D.C. area and received her B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.”

This ring is described as a rutile triangular ring with black diamond pavé, 18 carat recycled oxidized white gold, 1.75 TCW. It sells for USD$12,615.


Jewel of the day: Tom Wood Patriot Topaz Ring

The label Tom Wood is actually the creation of Norwegian designer Mona Jansen. This ring is available for sale on a Japanese web site and it’s rather short on descriptive details. The title indicate that it is topaz, but I’m not 100% sure of that. (Wood’s own site says the stone is spinel and sterling silver).

This sells for ¥ 74,520(tax included).


Jewel of the day: Jess Panza Glacial Ring

Jess Panza specializes in glass, and this ring features a domed piece of pale green glass set into 14k yellow gold. Plus, you can opt for literally 127 different colours of glass. (Colour shown below is no. 118, Moonglow.) About the artist: Jess Panza is a Los Angeles-based jewelry and decorative objects designer who hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She works out of a tiny studio in the derelict but soulful old bank district in downtown Los Angeles. when she is not at work, she is at home with her husband and their two young children in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

This sells for USD$165.


Jewel of the day: Little H Tahitian Pearl, Ruby and Gold Ring

I love the idea of hollowing out a pearl to put something equally precious inside, in this case, ruby crystals. By Los Angeles-based Little H, they describe this as, “A 14k yellow gold and carved Tahitian keshi pearl ring from Little h is filled with glittering rubies totaling 0.55 carats; a lovely take on a classic solitaire ring.”

This sells for USD$1,375.

Jewel of the day: Afew Jewels Boca Ring

Spain-based Afew Jewels explains this piece as, “18K rose gold with pink ruby and white diamonds 0.20 ctw. They come together. Closer and closer as they approach the moment, their moment. And then it happens: The kiss that created a dynasty.”

This sells for £1,340.

Jewel of the day: Kattri Asymmetry Pearl Ring

Kattri has an intriguing website, but alas, it gives no detail at all on the pieces shown or how/where to buy them. This ring, part of the asymmetry collection, is summed up as, “Asymmetry, KATTRI’s third collection, was inspired by the shapes and lines used throughout art deco architecture. KATTRI has juxtaposed certain characteristics of art deco with a strong element of asymmetry to create a more unconventional and unique design. This features a new addition to KATTRI’s pieces; the iridescent and timeless pearl.”

You can contact the designer here if interested in more information or purchasing.

Jewel of the day: Monica Vinader Baja Deco Ring

This pretty piece by Monica Vinader has a quiet, elegant presence. This version has a green onyx stone (though it is available with pave diamonds for £195) and is either rose or yellow gold plating over sterling silver.

This version sells for £95.

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.”

Jewel of the day: Alejandro Sifuentes Rutilated Quartz Ring

While in San Antonio recently, I had the good fortune to wander into Equinox, the gallery owned by Alejandro Sifuentes. In addition to hosting the work of other artists, there is also a good selection of his own designs (one of which I went home with and which will be highlighted in a future post). Alejandro was incredibly generous with his time and knowledge and I only wish I had had unlimited funds with which to peruse the shop. (His gallery manager Jared is lovely, warm and welcoming, so if you are looking for something a bit different in the San Antonio area, I encourage you to visit.) The shop is located in the La Villita history arts area and there is a website with a good selection of what’s in the shop should you be unable to visit in person.

This ring is described this way:  “Part of Alejandro’s original Rock Candy series, this rutilated quartz ring features a clear crystal with pine needle rutiles, measuring at 22mm x 17mm x 8.3mm. Set in 18k gold and cast in britannia silver, the satin finish gives the ring a wonderfully smooth, matte surface.”

It sells for USD$500.

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