Object of Desire: The Celestial Sphere Ring by Helena Malone

“It seems simple but it is dreamy, looking up into the stars and mirroring the ocean. I didn’t want it to be as obvious as using birthstones in the design, I wanted it to be more understated, more subtle, more pared back.” So says Helena Malone about her stunning new Celestial Sphere rings which are inspired by the signs of the zodiac and which are currently stocked in the Marvel Room at Brown Thomas.

Photo of Object of Desire: The Celestial Sphere Ring by Helena Malone

Made from freshwater pearls and nine carat gold, these beautiful rings are painstakingly handmade by Helena in her Dublin studio. There are 12 styles of ring due to the 12 signs of the zodiac but each ring is also unique because producing each ring is a delicate process that involves the designer drilling down into the fragile pearl and inserting tiny gold bars following the shape of the constellations.

Photo of Object of Desire: The Celestial Sphere Ring by Helena Malone

“I mark out the pattern of the celestial formation on the pearl and then drill down into it. Each solid gold bar then has to be carefully measured as every pearl is different and is, of course, a delicate organic substance.”

It’s a delicate process which has involved plenty of trial and error in development. “I want to be respectful to the materials I’m using,” says Helena. “Each pearl is so precious and I must be careful to maintain the strength of it when making the ring. The cup and band is then handmade from gold and the top of the inserted gold bars are polished to make them gleam.”

Photo of Object of Desire: The Celestial Sphere Ring by Helena Malone

These rings complement exquisitely Helena's previous Celestial Mechanics collection and she tells us that she is frequently inspired by the movements of the heavens in her work.

Photo of Object of Desire: The Celestial Sphere Ring by Helena Malone

With each ring representing the stars of the various signs of the zodiac, the lustrous pearl and the gleaming gold is like “the heavens in negative” according to the designer. “Water and the tides are so intrinsically linked to the movement of the heavens that I felt the pearl was the perfect medium with which to achieve this design. There is something about looking up to the stars that takes you away from it all for just a split second. I hope I've captured that magic in these rings.”

Helena Malone’s Celestial Sphere pearl and nine carat gold rings are currently available at the special price of €495 from the Marvel Room at Brown Thomas.

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