One may think that Japan has recovered completely from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated it last year , but the extent of destruction was so much that victims still need all the funding that they can get. Designer Paul Draper has created a special Tsunami ring using palladium which shall be sold at an auction by Christies in May, with profits going towards victims of Japan’s Tohoku Earthquake.
The ring has been designed to be unisex with black, brown and orange diamonds to accentuate the piece’s aesthetics, alongside an engraved platinum collet set with six blue, white and brown diamonds.
Different aspects of the ring’s design are intended to reflect consequences of the disaster, making it an entirely unique collectors item.
The collet houses a marquise shaped diamond, which represents one of the sea vessels that was washed inland under the force of the tsunami.
“I made the centre collet and master patterns by hand in two separate halves in order to overcome an impossible setting procedure,” explained Draper. “To achieve the desired end product I then drew upon the specialist skills of six different craftsmen from differing sections of the jewellery trade.”
We wish all the luck to Mr. Draper. Rest assured, we shall be keeping close tabs on the auction and will keep our readers informed about the final price. The ring shall be sold as part of the Christies Elegance sale, taking place in South Kensington, on May 30th.
“He had heard people speak contemptuously of money: he wondered if they had ever tried to do without it.” —