Opus Incertum

Opus Incertum Collection

The word ‘opus’ evokes a work of art, a masterpiece. ‘Incertum’ means ‘uncertain’. The Romans used the term ‘opus incertum’ as a construction method mainly for building roads. It means that the pattern will be adapted according to the availability of the stones. The pattern is as unpredictable as life itself.

We consider each life an Opus Incertum, a work of art, a masterpiece, composed of unpredictable stones. There are stepping stones on our life path, ready to help us cross a river, move in a new direction. We will reach milestones: a diploma, a marriage, the birth of our child, a professional success or an academic achievement. Sometimes we become rolling stones: we change places, we move freely into the world and come to rest in another place.

All these stones are linked together and form a unique and individual path, our big and small victories of life linked together.

Our Opus Incertum collection symbolises your life. Each life is a unique road, composed of different stones, resulting in a masterpiece.

Sassi Fine Jewellery Opus Incertum necklace
The Opus Incertum necklace alternates open gold links with twelve gemstones of seven hues ranging from cool blues to splendid greens. The subtle alternations between the Florentine finish of the sides of the links and the polished yellow gold at the top add a refined touch of luxury. The clasp is hidden, the necklace can be admired from all sides. The length is 47 cm, 18k yellow gold.

Our life starts in water and, once born, the absolute first thing we need is oxygen. Without air and without water we can simply not survive. We chose different shades of blues to symbolise water and different greens to symbolise air, since the precious oxygen is produced by green trees and plants. 

The joy of colour is at the heart of each Opus Incertum piece. We used only natural gemstones such as blue agate, green turquoise, green-blue chalcedony, lapis lazuli, turquoise, green agate, phrenite, chrysophase, blue topaz and crystal quartz set in 18k yellow gold.

Opus Incertum bracelet

Seven gemstones alternate with open links as a pathway. The gems, blue and green agate, green and blue turquoise, green-blue chalcedony, lapis lazuli, phrenite, chrysophase, blue topaz and crystal quartz are set in 18k yellow gold. The top of the links are polished, while the side have an hand-engraved Florentine finish. The bracelet comes in 17 cm and 18.5 cm or made to order if necessary. 

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We went through great lengths to find the perfect colours and combinations, ranging from deep night blue over turquoise to blue-green to intense green. We paired and layered natural gemstones to obtain an abundance of colour and unexpected hues. The domes are irregularly facetted from both sides, as a reminder of the opus incertum roads.

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The gems are set in warm yellow gold links, partly etched and partly polished, as opposites. Our artisans hand-engrave the gold to obtain a Florentine finish. The light penetrates and illuminates the precious metal, radiating a warm and different glow.

“The different blue gems capture the bliss of the mesmerising and ever-changing hues of a sun-drenched sea or crystal clear lake. The greens evoke the lush tropical forest, displaying all the different shades of green, while sunlight filters through the canopy.

Our strong commitment to traditional craftsmanship and our love of coloured gemstones is confirmed in this stupendous collection.

Renilde Vervoort

The ring consists of three different rings and seven gemstones. You can wear the rings separately or combine them all together. 

The earrings can be made in any of the seven colours, according to your wishes. 

Opus incertum is a building term, dating back from the Roman times. It refers to a construction technique, using irregularly shaped and randomly placed stones. The extensive network of Roman roads, criss-crossing the Roman empire, were typically built using this technique. The builders made good use of what was available along the way. Just as our life unfolds, we make good use of the opportunities and chances we meet. 

Over the centuries the word ‘opus’ which simply means ‘work’ in Latin became associated with music. From the 15th century onwards, Italian composers started to number their compositions, using the word ‘opus’ followed by a number. The term ‘magnum opus’ indicated the ‘masterpiece’ of an artist, originally the piece of work produced by an apprentice aspiring to become a master-craftsman in the old European guild system.

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