This design is a testament to how impactful my years underwater have been. I love the ocean, and if you do too, this might be the design 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 Design
A miniature sculpture, this design is spectacular. Its tactile, its fun, it can be worn to a gala or to dinner, and every time you wear it, you will get compliments. You'll find yourself touching it, fiddling, enjoying it.
Even though the inspiration for this design comes directly from nature, I tried to abstract the design to make it iconic. I think there is a tremendous amount of beauty that can be captured with just gold and stones, and even my friends who have never seen a sea urchin skeleton love this design.
The meaning behind these cufflinks makes them fun to wear, and the depth and proportion bring an elegance that will make you smile.
Handmade in my workshop
Each Pharaoun piece 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 design is real and timeless.
If for any reason you would like to return your piece to me, just ask, and I will purchase it from you for the full original purchase price, no questions asked.
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ "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