Ever since I was a boy, I have loved classical mythology. I fell in love with the Greek versions of the myths, and was thirsty to learn their origins. The more I looked into the pre-Hellenic world the clearer the matriarchal lineage became.
Mythology survives with us as fictional stories, but there is one real life leader that inspired her own rich mythology: Cleopatra.
A female leader like Cleopatra seems exceptional today, but I like to imagine a time when a great leader like Cleopatra was not an exception, but the rule.
My wife Sarah introduced me to the eye symbol, and even though it has had many meanings over the centuries, I like to believe the eye represents the strength of female leadership.
Sarah was a natural leader, and there was no place that it was more clear than as a mother. Under her patient and ever-watchful eye, she was able to see clearly, to empathize, and to protect her loved ones.
As a mother and as a leader, I believe these characteristics are a requirement for visionary leadership and that Cleopatra also led with these strengths. Like Sarah and Cleopatra, I hope my ring reminds you of how great a leader you can be too.
My Favorite Parts of this Design
Eyes have been reproduced in jewelry since before the ancient Egyptians, and it was very important for me to make my version unique. It wasn’t enough for me to interpret my Bonbon as an eye, I needed to push the design even more.
Most contemporary eye designs are a set of concentric circles, but as many of you know, that was just too simple for me. As a nod to the elegance and femininity of Cleopatra, I include eyelashes in the manner of the Eye of Horus, so prevalent and important in Egyptian iconography.
You might think I am completely irreverent for turning each of the stones upside down and reverse-setting them for this design, but in the process, I was forced to create a new geometry to support the unfamiliar reflections of these typically hidden facets, which I believe led me to a complete design that feels perfectly classical.
I must confess, I am in love with my Bonbon design. Small enough for every day, but significant enough to have recognizable power, every time I hold a Bonbon in my hand, I feel its magic, and I can’t help but smile.
I chose to name this collection after my favorite chocolate confection, the bonbon, because I believe there is a special magic in exploring a box of exquisite chocolates. With each piece, there is the potential to find yourself in its unique flavor and reveal a special joy. My hope is that I can create Bonbons as diverse as your strengths, and that your Bonbon captures a little magic for you.
Have you seen the beautiful stones on the back of this ring? They are exquisite, but not visible to all. Who are they for if no one can see them?
They are for you, not them.
This ring is for you, and just like you, this ring does not need to reveal itself to others for you to know what you have inside.
This beauty is hidden from others not because you are afraid, but as a reminder that I know that your strength is always there, whether you show it, or the world sees it, or not.
Handmade in my workshop
Each Pharaoun Cocktail Ring is designed by me, Sergio Andrés Mendoza, and produced using the lost-wax casting technique in my workshop out of sterling silver and then covered with 22 karat gold. The cubic zirconia used are each stone-cut, polished, and set by hand, and represent my favorite natural stones.
Do you believe in value? I do.
A beautiful piece of jewelry that is exquisitely crafted from noble materials has an intrinsic value, and I believe in ours. The value of a Pharaoun cocktail ring is real and timeless.
If for any reason you would like to return your cocktail ring to me, just ask, and I will purchase it from you for the full original purchase price, no questions asked.
In February 2020, at my first JCK jewelry show ever, I was blessed to win the main design award with my Chakra Mandala ring. In May 2020, my design won two more awards from INSTORE for best ring and best silver jewelry.
I am so grateful for the recognition and support these awards symbolize, and excited that they put my path in sharp focus:
I pledge to continuously improve my designs year after year, and keep pushing my ideas of beauty to inspire you. Thank you. Sergio.