The earliest forms of jewellery, amulets, were not worn for adornment but for protection from the dangers of life. The function of the amulets developed over time to offer more than simple protection and became a mark of status or rank. The discovery of how to work metals was an important stage in the development of the art of jewellery. Over time, metalworking techniques became more sophisticated and decoration more intricate. Beautiful gemstones, cut into shapes, enhanced with gold, blurred the distinction between jewels and amulets even further. Still today, jewellery can give us this feeling of protection: a ring given by a significant other, a pendant with a certain memory attached to it, a souvenir from places visited, a symbol of something we care for, all of these jewels can have a very special meaning for the wearer. The Enchanted collection of Sassi invites you to wear your personal amulets.
The basis of the collection is an ‘enchanted’ necklace and bracelet, because the options and combinations on how to wear are endless. They are at the same time strong and discreet, combining big links with smaller chains. The inspiration came from a certain frustration about the pendants and chains in Renilde’s jewellery box, which could not be used or changed into something else. Reflecting about the perfect ‘set’ that can be combined and changed endlessly, Renilde came up with the solution to the problem: a bracelet that can become a necklace, a necklace that can become a bracelet and not one but two clasps on the necklace, hidden as links. Links can be bought separately to add to the endless options like adding your own charms.
THE MAGIC RING
The Magic Ring is a ring as well as a pendant, inspired by an armillary sphere ring. Armillary spheres were used to show the movement of the planets around the sun, but the ring would not have been usable as such. The armillary sphere was invented separately in ancient Greece and ancient China, later used in the Islamic world and Medieval Europe as astronomical instruments. Armillary sphere rings illustrate the interest in science common in the 17th and 18th century. Interlocking hinged hoops unfold into a miniature armillary sphere. The interlocking hoops are concealed when the ring is closed. When the ring is opened, it can be used as a pendant, hooking a link into one of the hoops. A mysterious rutile quartz cabochon has been added for those people who love rings with beautiful stones. The Magic Ring can serve as an original wedding band.
OVER THE MOON
Over the Moon is inspired by a star made by overlapping circles and a rainbow moonstone. The Romans admired the moonstone as the mysterious gem that managed to capture the rays of the full moon and lock these inside the stone. The reflected light on the soft, pearly surface and the unique reflection of glowing bluish sheen on this semi-transparent stone adds to the mystery. The stone seems to glow from within, like a full moon in a bright night sky.
The pattern, a star made by overlapping circles, inspired Leonardo da Vinci, who drew several pages of extended designs with these circles ca. 1516. His sketches are now in the Codex Atlanticus (see pictures above). However, it was not his invention since the same motif can be found since ancient times: the earliest known example dates from the 7th or 6th century BCE, found in the palace of the Assyrian kings. It is seen in Roman mosaics, buildings and jewellery (see picture above), In Islamic art the pattern is one of several arrangements of circles used to construct grids for geometric patterns. The motif continued to be used during the Middle Ages, in Gothic architecture and the Renaissance and can still be found in many places around the Mediterranean even in recent times. The six-pointed star symbolizes luck and offers protection. Tiny diamonds are studded on the pendants and shimmer as small stars against the moonlight of the gemstone, resulting in a very unique design embedded in ancient times.
MY CRYSTAL BALL
My Crystal Ball is your personal crystal ball that might hold all the answers. The mystical gem was used since prehistoric times in Europe and the Middle East for jewellery and other precious objects. The Roman historian Pliny the Elder believed quartz to be water ice, permanently frozen after great lengths of time. The word “crystal” comes from the Greek word κρύσταλλος, “ice”. He also describes the use of crystal balls by fortune tellers, a practice that continued throughout the centuries, the Renaissance and the Victorian era. Some crystal balls were mounted in gold to be used as jewellery, dating from the 6th or 8th century (see picture above). Even more fascinating is rutile quartz or rutilated quartz, the clear quartz with inclusions of rutile. The golden rutile needles form lovely patterns like miniature sculptures. Every ball is absolutely unique. It is your choice to determine which crystal ball you like most: the clear crystal ball for deep gazing or the ball with the unique golden needles.
My Wand is a truly exceptional piece. It is inspired by a Roman pendant that was sold by an auction house some time ago and the idea of the magic wand. The history of the wand goes back to Roman times (or even older). Circe, the Goddess of Magic, possessed a wand and medieval fairies couldn’t live without one. Our wand exudes magic: unpolished gold alternates the granulations, deep red garnets enhance the beauty of the piece. A one of a kind showstopper waiting to be picked up by the right woman, or will the wand choose the woman?