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.
Praying Mantis RingThis Praying Mantis Ring was a gift for a girl’s 16th birthday, to celebrate the wearer’s love of insects. Bibi crafted this head-turning ring from 18k rose gold, with an articulated neck that lies along the length of the middle finger. The insect’s upper wings are hand-carved in rock crystal and its lower wings set with real scarab wings in a rose gold frame. To bring the insect to life, the lower wings can be opened and closed, to reveal a bi-colour pink tourmaline stone underneath, that’s set with a marquis diamond. Diamonds are also set along the insect’s neck, with tsavorite cabochons for its eyes.
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