Whether it’s creating a unique piece of jewellery to mark one of life’s most important moments, or commissioning a design for a loved one, Bibi van der Velden can craft one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces on a bespoke basis.
The bespoke process involves discussions with Bibi about the design direction of the piece of jewellery you would like to create, which can take place either at her Amsterdam studio or remotely. From picking the stones and precious metals that you would like to work into your piece’s design, to collaborating with Bibi to dream up its form, symbolism, and message, creating a bespoke jewellery piece gives a glimpse into the boundless creativity that characterises Bibi’s jewellery.
Once you have decided on the foundations of your jewellery piece, Bibi will keep you updated throughout the process, with beautifully detailed sketches and pictures of the initial forms of the jewellery that she carves in wax. Bibi can design a piece that’s entirely original, or take a family heirloom as the starting point for a new piece of jewellery, lending it a new life with her unmistakably artistic touch.
Memento Mori RingThe Memento Mori Ring is a piece that was inspired both by Bibi’s Memento Mori collection, which celebrates the perpetual cycle of life and death, and the exhibition “Jewels! Glittering at the Russian Court” at the Hermitage Amsterdam.
The ring’s form takes as its touchstone the flamboyant parrot tulip, with the piece designed in 18k recycled yellow gold and sterling silver with petals that unfurl over the hand. The petals glisten with sustainably-sourced rubies and emeralds, alongside pavé tsavorites, dark pink sapphires, and white diamonds. The ruby and emerald embellishments nod to the “opulence of the Russian court,” Bibi says, “with the green of the emeralds symbolising new life, too.”
This ring is replete with fascinating details that appear when the piece is seen from different angles. Its shank is crafted as a tulip stem in 18k yellow gold, which winds around two fingers. At the “cut” end of the stem is a moonstone, to resemble a dew drop. The leaves are set with all manner of insects - a rock crystal maggot, a gold spider, gold ants, seed pearl eggs, and a gold slug and caterpillar, the latter both embellished with gemstones. And also alluding to the cycle of life is an 18k gold human figure that emerges from an embellished mammoth tusk egg at the centre of the flower. This 60,000-year-old mammoth tusk is found under Russia’s Siberian permafrost, another connection to the country.
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