Cabochons feel like pebbles, and when loose, are lovely to play with, like worry beads.
So when my lovely and smart friend G. asked me to sketch something for a cabochon-cut ruby she had bought a few years earlier, I immediately knew what to do with it.
More precisely, a Spinning Top Ring.
Now G. can imperviously navigate through the most boring meetings, serenely resisting the urge to roll up a cigarette.
18k yellow gold ring mounting a spinning bezel set with a cabochon-cut ruby.
This was a bespoke commission: a 22k gold ring mounting a vintage white opal. The opal had had quite a story. It was my first or second trip to Jaipur, and I had gotten onto this rickshaw, which was idling right in front of my hotel. By then I was getting into the habit of spotting beautiful things in unexpected places, and on our way to Gopal Ji Ka Rasta, I couldn’t help noticing that some planet configuration in that rickshaw-wallah astral chart dictated that he should wear a ring with an opal set in silver. The ring was quite worn down, and the stone had the faded beauty of an ancient pebble with unexpected sparks of light and colour. Endless haggling ensued, which went on for days on end, much to the rickshaw-wallah amusement (he must have been used to tourists’ oddities), but eventually we reached an agreement and I bagged the ring. In the following years, the nice old man was still there, in his ancient rickshaw, waiting for customers in front of the hotel… But the opal sat in my “treasures box” for a long time, until a lady with a taste for old, beautiful stones with a history of their own, chose it for a ring. We went for a worn down look of the ring and the stone setting, which the softness and warmth of 22k gold would afford beautifully. Pictured above.
If you are you going to be in Florence over the next week-end, drop by for a chunk of homemade panettone and some hot (lukewarm, more likely… oh no! I hope not!) mulled wine. You will probably get all dressed up in a tutu (a Pwincess), or become a Fwog wearing a garish crown (somewhat askew, what with the vin brûlé and the festive cheer). No matter: panettone, vin brûlé and tea (yes, for on-duty driving reindeer) are just an excuse to meet, have a chat, and try on the new bangles and cuffs collection by Rodrigo and The Rose.
Ludovica e Agnese