Tue. Feb 25th, 2020

SA’s ‘Desert Rose’ with 798 diamonds stuns at New York design fair

The incredible ‘Desert Rose’ ring is making headlines at the prestigious Salon + Design in New York. The original design is the perfect example of sustainable jewelry, using ethically mined diamonds direct from South African mines.

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Desert Rose, a $42,000 (about R600 000) ring designed and crafted in Cape Town featuring 798 diamonds, is proving to be a showstopper at the prestigious Salon Art + Design Fair in New York City which opened on 14 November 2019.

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In a first for the country, South African jewellery design house Shimansky was selected to join a line-up of international fine jewellery design houses for an exhibition titled The Protagonist – celebrating the best in mindful and sustainable fine jewellery and curated by Vogue Italia for the Salon Art + Design Fair.

‘Desert Rose’

According to a press release, the Desert Rose was created by the Shimansky jewellery manufacturing workshop in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and features ethically sourced South African diamonds, totalling 24.13 carats, complimented by 42 tsavorite gems and the centrepiece, a desert rose crystal from Namibia, set in 58.80g 18 carat gold.

The design was inspired by South African Fynbos in particular the Pincushion and King Protea, while the ring gets its name from the Desert Rose crystals which are the central focus, enclosed by “petals” of gold and diamond with “stamens” of gold and tsavorite. Desert Rose crystals are found in arid regions across the world including Southern Africa – often in clusters resembling bunches of roses shaped by nature through the action of wind and water.

Tanzanite from Africa

Shimansky also presented the Tanzanite from Africa ring featuring a one-of-a-kind 27 carat Flawless Vivid Blue Tanzanite Gemstone held in 18K South African white gold. The ring setting is home to a cascade of 2.3 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds designed to offset the Tanzanite’s extraordinary deep colour.

A thousand times rarer than diamonds, Tanzanite comes from a single finite vein in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Formed over 550 million years ago, the gemstone can only be mined from the earth using a hammer and chisel to ensure a sustainable interaction with nature, which is why Shimansky has built a longstanding relationship to source Tanzanite directly from the Maasai tribe.

“Responsible and sustainable sourcing is at the heart of Shimansky’s jewellery creation where we follow the journey of both diamonds and Tanzanite by employing our respected mine to finger approach – ensuring every creation is mined in a natural and ethical manner within a conflict-free environment,” said Shimansky.

Capetonians and visitors to the Mother City will be able to experience the breathtaking ring when it goes on display at The Cape Town Diamond Museum from December until the end of January 2020.

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