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Checkmate Bonbon Cocktail Ring


The Story of Checkmate

Some of my fondest childhood memories include jewelry, so even though the path to Pharaoun was not direct, it seems like it was always meant to be. I give my grandmothers all of the credit.

My grandmothers Elodia and Enid were strong matriarchs, and lived very practical lives as they led their families in exile. They were wealthy in Cuba, and in spite of losing almost everything, they were able to preserve some jewelry.

I now realize how important this jewelry must have been to them, as it was one of the few reminders of their previous lives.

They loved opening their treasure chests and sharing their favorite pieces and the stories behind them with me. Just as they were transported to their past, and reminded of their glory, I found myself right there with them. I live with those memories and hope that I can share that legacy with my children as well.

I especially love their Art Deco jewelry.  It is an amazing coincidence that Cuba controlled a large percentage of the worldwide sugar market immediately after the first World War. Fortunes were made, and it was known as the La Danza de los Millones (The Dance of the Millions). Notably, it was at the same time that Art Deco peaked in popularity, and Cubans were graced with having a huge amount of money at a time of incomparable taste.

My Favorite Parts of this Ring

In my fantasy, my Checkmate Bonbon was designed a hundred years ago at the height of Art Deco, during this amazing era of style and taste. The classic juxtaposition of stones that accentuate the subtle geometry of my Bonbon design is my homage to the Art Deco movement and the peerless taste of its master jewelers.

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 also 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.

Your Pharaoun should remind you of your favorite version of yourself.

"What I find is that in the chaos of every day, women forget themselves, their strength, their beauty, and their independence.  

I want my designs to inspire women to be their favorite version of themselves, and that starts with you honoring yourself."

- Sergio Andrés Mendoza, Designer

Every Woman Should Know Her Ring Size

Unsure of your ring size?  It can be difficult, especially because a cocktail ring can be worn on any finger. 

I created a ring sizer to help, and would be happy to send you one.  

Checkmate Bonbon Cocktail Ring

  • My Guarantee

    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 design is real and timeless.

    If for any reason you would like to return your Pharaoun piece to me, just ask, and I will purchase it from you for the full original purchase price, no questions asked.

    That’s My Guarantee - Sergio.

  • Craftsmanship & Materials

    Each Pharaoun piece is designed by me, Sergio, and handmade in my workshop of sterling silver with manmade cubic zirconia stones. My yellow gold, pink gold, and black rhodium pieces are additionally plated in 22 karat yellow gold, 18 karat rose gold, and black rhodium respectively.

    If you have any additional questions about my design or creation process, please contact me directly here:

    Contact Sergio

  • Shipping

    I try to ship out your pieces on the same day or next business day after you place your order. 

    Domestic packages in the US that qualify for free shipping are sent either First Class or Priority Mail through USPS.  You should receive your Pharaoun pieces within 2 to 5 business days after placing your order.  If you have a special event or would like me to ship yours overnight, please let me know, and I will do everything I can to get your ring to you on time.

    International packages are sent using Global Priority Express through USPS.  Time until delivery varies by country, but in my experience take between 3 and 30 days.

  • Returns

    I want you to love your Pharaoun, so if it isn't perfect, please let me know, and I will exchange, replace or refund your order right away. 

    Returns are accepted on any design regardless of the purchase date, for your choice of either an exchange or a full refund.

    When you are ready, please email me at returns@pharaoun.com, so I can send out your new Pharaoun or refund you right away.