When I was in junior high school, I was inspired by these twin sisters. They were not always happy being compared to each other, yet despite this they remained best friends and have never been separated. It is fate that they should remain best friends and remain loyal to each other. This ring represents the longing for companionship that everyone has, thus can be worn by anyone.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The most unique and innovative part of this design is that you will be able to see through two white sapphires inside of the hand-carved citrine symbolising the image of identical twins. The smooth honey-like citirne projects white sapphires, a mysterious juxtaposition of the sharp and the mellow. The combination of unique form, choice of materials, and concept craftsmanship sets this design apart from all others.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
You will be able to see through sapphires underneath of the abstract form of citrine which is beautifully hand-carved. This is the new way of approach to the fine jewellery world.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in November 2013 and finished in January in 2014 in London, UK and was exhibited in Goldsmiths Hall as commended award piece in London, UK.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The naturally transparent non-heat treated citrine has been carved and polished both inside and outside, and set on 18ct rose gold. Another piece of gold set with blue sapphires secures the citrine from the top- which was laser welded afterwards. The combination of handmade craftsmanship with the latest technology makes this ring innovative.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Ring Size: O
Dimensions: 30 mm x 32 mm x 12.5 mm, Polishing inside if the citrine proved the most difficult part of the process, as well as making the groove for the setting. The stone could have been set without any glue, pin, or any other adhesives.
Jewellery, Art, Concept, Fluid shape, Rose gold, Gem stone, Sapphires, Citrine, Ring, Creative, Design, Fine, Craftsmanship
Setting up the concept according to the inspiration of the emotional bond between twins required great visual and emotional research. Sketches, wax and stone carving tests (done by hand), cast assembling, sample making in silver (to ensure the sizing of the stone fit into the metal), laser welding, and solving any stone setting difficulties.
Artistically, the most difficult part was to make sure that the citrine was transparent enough to illuminate the white sapphires set underneath in order to represent twins. Another challenge was to place the white sapphires in the position of the carved concave part of the citrine. Making the groove on the citrine was also challenging. In terms of durability, I have covered and secured the stone with the precise amount of metal to ensure that the aesthetics were not compromised.
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MAIKO NAGAYAMA, 2016.
MAIKO NAGAYAMA LTD.