The ‘Dreamer’

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.

The ring was entered for the Marcia Lanyon Innovative Design Awards 2010 and the EC One ‘Unsigned’ Graduate Jewellery Design Competition 2010.

“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