Nika

Nika Collection

In Greek, Nika means to “win” or “conquer”. The name of the collection is inspired by an event in the life of Theodora (ca. 500 – 28 June 548), one of the most influential empresses of the Roman Empire. Paying tribute to the victory of a woman, the medallions are double-sided, showing the intricate open-work design face or the smooth mother-of-pearl face.

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Nika necklace with 30 mm diameter open-work medallion in mother-of-pearl and rose gold. The medallion can be admired from both sides: the intricate gold design at one side and the iridescent mother-of-pearl at the other side. The gold chain measures 90 cm total length thanks to a sliding lock, and can be adjusted to any length leaving the chain playfully dangling from the back.

In spite of her humble and colourful background, Theodora rose to the highest rank in society by marrying the Emperor. When an angry mob attacked the royal palace in Byzantium (now Istanbul) in 532, her husband considered fleeing. But the Empress Theodora stood her ground. “Nika!” she declared, and together they took back power and ruled as one.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the mysterious Asyut treasure was discovered in Egypt. Thought to be linked to the Byzantine court, it included medallions with the portrait of the Byzantine Emperor and an impressive, gold open-work breast-chain fit for royalty.

This exquisite piece must have belonged to the Empress Theodora. We lifted out a delicate detail of this regal jewel and combined the delicate gold medallion with disks of precious mother-of-pearl, adding an aura of femininity. Its soft shimmering hues marry beautifully with the rose gold.

Nika’s signature medallions are double-sided, showing the intricate, open-work face of the Byzantine detail or the smooth mother-of-pearl face. The medallions turn on a delicate chain depending on the wearer’s movements. Rings flip, bracelets show two very different faces. These bright little discs are treasures to be worn every day and whichever way takes your fancy.

The mesmerising ‘Nika’ collection is recognisable thanks to its open-work motif inspired by a detail of this regal breast-chain, using the ancient lost wax technique, where a medallion is carved out of malleable wax by skilled artisans and then replaced by rose gold. We added precious mother-of-pearl that is seen through the open-work medallion. Thoughtfully crafted down to the most minute detail, the medallions are encircled with Sassi’s sober, contemporary design.
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Whisper-thin necklaces are crafted in two designs: five Nika medallions played off four small disks of mother-of-pearl,  A short chain weighted with a small gold ball dangles from the lobster clasp in the back. Can be worn showing only the mother-of-pearl face.

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Here three Nika medallions (one slightly larger than the next) are alternated with two small disks of mother-of-pearl. 

Nika necklace with two medallion sizes (12mm & 16mm), can be worn in two different ways: showing the intricate gold medallion or the iridescent mother-of-pearl side.

“With Nika jewels there is no need to compromise on fun: combine the joy of movement with this timeless design, capturing the carefree spirit of these fresh, young jewels. It is a collection that never fails to amaze with its simplicity, femininity and versatility.”

Renilde Vervoort

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The cuff bracelet offers an innovative open design with a fun-to-flip Nika medallion accented by a smaller mother-of-pearl disk. The cuff opens up, making it easy to put on or take off.

Sassi Fine Jewellery Nika earrings

This “almost” stud earrings featuring an ingenious little ball that allows the medallion to rotate, showing the open-work medallion or the precious mother-or-pearl side.  

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Long, dangling earrings combine two Nika medallions with one small mother-of-pearl disk. The Nika medallions shimmer and move with the wearer.

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The ring has a new, open design with a fun-to-flip Nika medallion accented by a smaller mother-of-pearl disk.

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The ring has a 16 mm rotating Nika signature medallion, the style of the ring is inspired by Roman examples.

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