Designed by Sevan - Beehive Ring in 24k yellow gold, diamonds, golden pearl, citrines with intaglios inspired by honeybees.
Sevan is a virtuoso goldsmith and jeweller, working in the historic Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, in time-honoured traditions of Byzantine and Ottoman art, reviving and perfecting ancient crafts of goldsmithing, miniature painting, stone carving, engraving and more. His breathtaking one-of-a-kind pictorial intaglio rings are collected by connoisseurs around the world.
Sevan in his workshop
"After years as a model maker for the mass market, my focus shifted to my own dream of the jewel I would want the love of my life to wear: a unique ring, that no one else would have, a bold, chunky ring shaped like Hagia Sophia and embellished by the best artisans and artists of my time. I asked various expert artists to collaborate, miniature painter, calligrapher, engraver, chaser, inlay artist and a stone carver to sculpt an intaglio in coloured stone."
Designed by Sevan - Barbarossa Ring in rose gold, black diamonds, smoky quartz with painted-in tulips.
"This unconventional approach drew much attention, and my workshop became a magnet for artists from a wide range of disciplines, extending now into enamelling, glass-blowing, ceramics, porcelain, micro-mosaic and wood carving. Experimenting became a huge source of fun; we keep exploring new ways of translating ideas into design, facing the challenge of loading deep meaning and emotion into a small wearable object."
Designed by Sevan - Ani Ring in 24k yellow gold, black diamonds, and aquamarine.
"Now I have five young designers whom I have trained for three to four years and I like to keep them in close contact with the goldsmiths, the gem-setters and the various artists and artisans in my six storey studio."
Designed by Sevan -Akaga (White Eunuch) Ring in 24k gold, diamonds and pearl.
"I don't think I have ever created anything without gold. I am an advocate of fine 24 carat gold, the way it looks after centuries of waiting in the depths of the earth to be discovered and brought back to daylight."
Group of three rings designed by Sevan - (clockwise from top):- Porphyrogennetos (Born into the Purple) Ring in 24k gold, diamonds and amethysts. Theodora Ring in 24k gold, diamonds and smoky quartz. Salomon Ring in 24k gold, black and white diamonds, and citrine.
"My style is becoming bolder in terms of covering parts of the body, serpents that wind down the arm and bite the middle finger, or an octopus cuff-ring embracing the entire wrist and upper hand. My dream is that In 100 years from now, there may be people admiring my creations as I today admire the works of Carl Faberge or Rene Lalique."