The crowning piece of Volund’s new collection, the Lioness Pendant features a reclining huntress on the branch of a tree. Briolette sapphires hang off branches like fresh fruit and a natural yellow sapphire rises like a sun above the scene. Ribbons of gold and diamonds in the shape of a crown further accentuate the lioness’ repose and nobility. The beautiful workmanship and powerful lioness intertwine in this scene and inspire the wearer to contemplate the invisible connections between the worlds of man and nature.
18K YELLOW AND WHITE GOLD, DIAMONDS (1.2CTW), SAPPHIRES (CENTRAL: 3.8CTW, BRIOLETTES: 6.1CTW)
This bracelet features two lioness heads with emerald eyes and collars of diamonds, crowning a gold rope bangle. This classic piece draws inspiration from ancient Greek and Scythian artisans, producers of some of the most exquisite gold artifacts in the history of humankind. In the more recent past, the fabled firm of Faberge created a similar rendition, winning the Gold Medal at the exhibition in Nuremberg (1885) and attracting the attention of Tsar Alexander III.
18K YELLOW GOLD, DIAMONDS (VS 2.8CTW), EMERALDS (VS, 0.2CTW)
A proud lion stands upon a crescent, while a star shines brightly above. In classical Astrology, the lion is the symbol of the Sun. It is in close relationship to the Moon – influencing her motion and providing her with brilliance. In turn, the Moon exercises her influence upon the Earth, and especially the oceans, represented by Japanese Akoya pearls. Above the Sun are the fixed stars – crafted in platinum. A crescent of gold blackened with ruthenium and set with diamonds underscores this connection. Altogether, a map of the cosmos hangs from the wearer’s ear.
18K YELLOW AND WHITE GOLD, DIAMONDS (1.9CTW), AKOYA PEARLS
A bust of a lion sits proudly atop a geometric ring with faceted sides. Its mane of blue sapphires and diamonds flows all around, in a style reminiscent of Egyptian gods. Its eyes are set with vivid green emeralds, and upon its brow is a triangle set with diamonds, representing its third eye – and its spiritual power. The lion, king of the animals, looks on with calmness and certainty at his domain.
18K YELLOW GOLD, BLUE SAPPHIRES (VS, 1.3CTW), DIAMONDS (VVS E, 0.7CTW), EMERALDS (VS, 0.2CTW)
This ring depicts a young cub in a state of play – holding on to the wearer’s finger and at the same time reaching toward something that caught its interest. Its soft facial features attest its youthfulness, as do the brown rosettes (spots) on its body and the dark tuft on the tail. The cub has a halo of naiveté or innocence, sparkling with clear diamonds. His back rosettes form an outline of the Tree of Life, a Kabbalistic symbol of the Creation. Though just a child, he holds the full potential within – an allegory of the microcosm being a reflection of the macrocosm.
18K YELLOW GOLD, YELLOW SAPPHIRES (4.4CTW), EMERALDS (VS, 0.2CTW), COGNAC DIAMONDS (0.6CTW), DIAMONDS (0.1CTW), BLACK DIAMONDS (0.05CTW)
Double-sided cufflinks date back to the early 18th century and to this day signify a tradition of elegance, with only a few companies continuing to produce these luxurious pieces. Lion Cufflinks feature the face of a lion, surrounded by the rays of the shining sun, all placed within a triangle. Akin to the symbol of the all-seeing eye, the lion watches on from the apex of the pyramid, aware of his noble station in life. Around this emblem is a halo of diamonds, set into the back of a serpent holding its tail indicating renewal and achievement of desired goals.
18K YELLOW AND WHITE GOLD, DIAMONDS (0.6CTW)
The Lioness wears a crown of precious gems to signify her lofty status as the chief huntress for her pride. Her keen eyes are set with emeralds and the face expresses watchful attention. While still keeping with Art Deco geometric styling, the contours of this ring are softer and more feminine. Just like her mate, the lioness also has an all seeing eye on her brow – in this case set aflame with an orange sapphire. The wearer of this piece will discover a secret: on the inside of the ring there is an ornament that allows one to see right through the emerald eyes of the lioness.
18K RED GOLD, DIAMONDS (VVS E 0.4CTW), ORANGE SAPPHIRE (VS 0.2CT), EMERALDS (VS, 0.2CTW), TSAVORITES (VS 0.5CTW)