A chic fusion of jewellery, art, history and star-gazing

A rotating orb made from mammoth tusk that existed under the ice for up to 40,000 years

Bibi van der Velden 40,000-year-old mammoth tusk, 18ct gold, diamond, opal and sapphire Mammoth Galaxy ring, €7,650
Bibi van der Velden 40,000-year-old mammoth tusk, 18ct gold, diamond, opal and sapphire Mammoth Galaxy ring, €7,650

Working conceptually comes naturally to sculptor-turned-jeweller Bibi van der Velden, for whom unconventional materials offer an opportunity to “create jewellery someone will treasure as a piece of wearable art”. The centrepiece of her delightful Mammoth Galaxy ring (€7,650) is a rotating orb made from mammoth tusk that existed under the ice for up to 40,000 years. A sprinkling of gold stars, diamonds, opals and sapphires embellish the orb’s smooth surface, catching the light as it spins on its golden axis. “People want conversation starters,” says van der Velden. “Using all sorts of precious and semiprecious materials adds not only the stories of their history, it also introduces elements of recycling and sustainability.”

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