2020 was a truly challenging year, but I am optimistic about the future.
As a symbol of my optimism, I created my "Rainbow after the Storm (of 2020)" Mini Spiny Sea Urchin design. I believe that we will survive this storm, and that we will find the rainbow afterwards.
The Story of Sea Urchin
This ring is a testament to how impactful my years underwater have been. I love the ocean, and if you do too, this might be the ring for you.
The biggest influence in my sister’s art has always been nature, and the glorious sea urchin of our youth and of Earnst Haeckel’s prints is central to our pantheon.
There is something divine about the intricate skeleton of a sea urchin. It has a natural geometry, a royal shape, and it begs to be touched. Who would have thought that this beauty was what you would find underneath a sea urchin’s protective spines?
What are you hiding under your protective spines?
I think sea urchins are beautiful, but I also love to eat them. My local sea urchins have not yet been discovered by the Japanese, so we have no idea how they should be served, but the rest of the world seems to know exactly what makes a sea urchin special. In my twenties I went as far north as Rebun-shi in Hokkaido to eat uni, and I’ve harvested my own achinos near Folegandros, but some of the best sea urchin I’ve ever eaten was at Nobu in San Diego. I hope you have a chance to eat some soon too. It’s always worth it.
My Favorite Parts of this Ring
The spiny sea urchin is special. For this ring, I turned the stones upside down, pointy side up, and created as dense of a geometry as possible. Focus on the stones, and you will see a set of patterns, focus on the gold and you will see others. This checkerboard of black and white highlights this design, and I hope it captivates you as well.
This ring is glamourous. Wear it to be seen without reservations. The unfamiliar reflections of the upside-down stones shine bright in all directions.
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.
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ "Dear Sergio, Let me tell you a little about 'the ring'. I love wearing it. I love the way it makes me feel and I love the way it looks. Every time I have worn it, people stop in their tracks to compliment me on it. Thank you for sharing your beauty with me." - Rita