Rings that rock
I try to do most of the posts on the blog about things in Joburg. Jeweller Nicola Savage is from Durban but I so love her nugget rings that I just had to write about them. And they are available from Tinsel in Parkhurst, my favourite Jozi jewellery store.
But first a bit more about her... After studying fine art and later jewellery design, and a stint in the commercial world, Nicola decided to do her own thing. She has now been designing jewellery for 13 years and she says the most exciting part of it is coming up with new ideas.
So what was the idea behind the nugget rings? “I love raw diamonds but the South African law forbids us to own one without a special license. I can’t own one, so I made one (well a few). I also love the shapes of the crystals of the stones in their raw from. So this is where I started from to make my own shapes and forms. They are not exact replicas but my interpretation of them,” she explains.
Just like Nicola, I love the mix of colours and the contrast between the silver and bronze. ‘Shape and texture’ have become trademarks of her work. She’s been playing with organic shapes to complement the nuggets – for some more lovely juxtaposition. Check out her Facebook page for the latest stuff (and Robin, Best-est Husband, if you're reading here... Christmas is coming...)!
* All photos credited to Nicola.