For this piece I wanted to work with a cabochon moonstone that I had bought in India. This stone is supposed to be a “lovers’ stone”, evoking feelings and protecting the true joys of love. So like the Taj Mahal; which was constructed by a Mughal emperor for his beloved wife, I decided to design and create an architectural piece for my “lovers’ stone”.
The moonstone is recognised by its enchanting play of light and has a mysterious shimmer which makes it look different when the stone is moved. To maximise this effect in my ring, I wanted to create an open structure to enable the light to enter and hit the surfaces of the stone. A bird’s eye view of the ring represents an open lotus flower.
“If there is one place on the face of the earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India”…Life of Ramakrishna, Romain Rolland, 1929