The Making of: A Sanctuary
A clandestine octopus hidden in a tourmaline, a hand-etched ocean seascape bubbling under the surface, and a finalist at the 2021 Jewellers Association of Australia Awards.
This is Sanctuary.
Handcrafted by our talented jeweller and gemmologist, Velvet, this 18ct yellow gold, rubellite tourmaline, diamond, pink, yellow & orange sapphire, tsavorite & spessartine garnet, amethyst and tanzanite ring (phew!) makes a bold statement.
Here’s a little insight into how she was created.
Step 5: Finishing the 'Shell'
The final ring ‘shell’ was completed and cast before any gemstones were set, excluding the ‘spiky halo’ of upside-down diamonds that would eventually surround the tourmaline.
At this stage, Velvet completed the final details by hand – adding a thin plate (or ‘sleeve’) to sit on the finger and cutting out a hole so that the octopus would be visible.
Step 6: A Hidden Ocean Scene
Time for Surprise #2 – a hidden ocean scene, designed and traced by hand onto the inside of the ring.
With this pattern complete, it was time for the ring to be finished and set with gemstones – the final white diamonds (again set upside down for a ‘spiky’ appeal), pink, orange & yellow sapphires, tsavorite & spessartine garnet, amethyst and tanzanite, all designed around the original rubellite tourmaline.
The final step was a hand engraving of Velvet’s ocean seascape.
TA DA. A ring with more hidden secrets than the ocean…