Mark Nuell

TWO SAPPHIRE RINGS

2019

18ct gold, Australian sapphires (green sapphire 4.72 carats, yellow sapphire 2.04 carats)

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Nuell’s rings, made from two Australian sapphires from Rubyvale in Central Australia, are faceted in a freeform style which respects the natural beauty of colour and shape in each stone.

The working drawing records the changing angles of the facets as he cuts the stones. “My work is handmade using gold and silver and coloured gemstones, which have always been the main focus of my pieces. Recently I have gone back to my original training as a gem cutter to combine this skill with my goldsmithing work.”

Joanna Hardy, jewellery expert and Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company, comments: “What I love about these rings is their honesty, for the sapphires have been left displaying their natural colour and Mark has cut the stones in unconventional shapes to show off the natural beauty of the stones, and then their shapes have inspired the setting. It is very rare to find a goldsmith who can cut his own stones and especially to this high level of craftsmanship and skill.”