Nicholas James gives sovereign rings a makeover

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Hatton Garden jeweller unveils men’s rings with Jack the Ripper theme.

Hatton Garden’s foremost contemporary jewellery Nicholas James has launched a collection of gold, diamond and ruby-set sovereign rings with the aim of giving the ‘sov’ a better image.

Nicholas James founder Nick Fitch says the idea to create a collection of fine sovereign rings had been in his mind for a while. He put the project into fruition six month ago and launched the collection of three 18ct gold rings last week.

The Savage Sovereigns collection includes three rings called Ripper, Tom and Slag, inspired by the story of Jack of Ripper, retailing from £16,795 to £24,995.

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The weighty, solid gold collection of rings includes the yellow gold, black rhodium-plated Ripper ring, with slashes carved into the shank to represent the injuries inflicted on Jack the Ripper victims.

The Tom ring, made in 18ct white gold, is set with rubies to represent blood and has floral engraving around the outside, flowing into the inside of the ring.

The hero of the collection, the Slag ring, is the most decadent. It is made from a special brown gold that was accidentally created by alloy makers that Fitch works with in Switzerland and is set with almost 5cts of brown, white and grey diamonds, with some set upside-down to make the ring – in Fitch’s own words – a form of weapon.

In a departure from Fitch’s wholly contemporary style of jewellery, the new rings were a personal project for the designer who said he wanted to give the ‘sov’ a new lease of life, bringing it up the food chain of jewellery designs.

Fitch said: “I’ve been toying with creating extravagant men’s jewellery for quite some time. My intention has been to reinvent the sovereign ring and produce dramatic statement pieces that mix opulent materials whilst conveying quite a dark, subversive narrative.”

Asked who his ideal customer would be for the rings, Fitch said “maybe a footballer or a rapper”, though Professional Jeweller thinks Russell Brand or maybe even Ozzy Osbourne could be fans.
 

 

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