Gentlemen, You are Invited to Dream Big

18K Yellow Gold Men's Signet Ring 

18K Yellow Gold Men's Signet Ring 

I Confess. I am a Huge Dreamer.

It's taken a "few" years and several journeys to realize that truth, but now I revel in it! It's a powerful thing. It gets you to create new realities. So as a jewelry designer and a jeweler I choose to invite dreamers everyday. I love helping people dream and create something special and magical to their lives. 

This project was the perfect dreamer's project. What more could I ask for? A discontinued coin that I was going to encase in gold and keep refined and elegant? Excellent. I also love the symbolism of the coin. Talismans are a personal favorite. This was a Nigerian coin that featured their Coat of Arms. I asked my client what the symbol meant and this is what he read out to me: 

The coat of arms of Nigeria has a black shield with two white lines that form in a "Y" shape. The black shield represents Nigeria's fertile soil, while the two horses or chargers on each side represent dignity. The eagle represents strength, while the green and white bands on the top of the shield represent the rich soil.

The red flowers at the base are Costus spectabilis, Nigeria's national flower. This flower was chosen for inclusion in the coat of arms as it is found all over Nigeria and also stand for the beauty of the nation. The white wavy pall represents the Niger and the Benue. On the banderole around the base is Nigeria's national motto since 1978: "Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress" (formerly "Peace, Unity, Freedom").

Naira Coin 18k Gold Signet Ring

I love how Flora showed up again, even on this the most masculine project: a ring fit for a King. 

I love that a good number of my clients are men and that they are excited about fine jewelry design. As an art form, men seem to have been forced to abdicate from wearing jewelry, yet historically it was the most inherent symbol of male power and strength. I'm always excited to help men express themselves creatively again. 

Dream On Gentlemen: It's a Very Beautiful Thing.

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