The world’s first literal diamond ring

I don’t often feature jewellery on this art blog (perhaps I should do it more) but Geneva-based jewellery firm Shawish have created the world’s first literal diamond ring and I really admire its simplicity and the skill of its execution.

Crafted using laser technology, Shawish have carved a 150 carat diamond into what they’ve dubbed “the ultimate treasure and representation of eternal love”. That loosely translates as “why muck about with gold and all that rubbish when you could just have the whole thing made out of a solid hunk of diamond”.

The diamond ring was actually first presented in London in 2011, but it was recently dusted off and transported to Baselworld (a specialist watch and jewellery show) where attendees could stare at all of its £42 million-worth of sparkle.

As an aside, I’m surprised no-one has ever done this before – there are so many hugely creative jewelers and the idea of making a literal diamond ring must have occurred to a fair few of them. I’m assuming that the reason it wasn’t brought to fruition earlier was partly  to do with the fact that 150 carat lumps of diamond don’t come cheap and partly because traditional diamond cutting a polishing techniques put a lot of stress on the raw material so perhaps it’s one of those things a lot of people have attempted but couldn’t do without some massively advanced bit of laser kit.

Curiously – if you’re interested in copyright law, like I am – a fair few websites are reporting that the ring’s design has been copyrighted as if that’s a thing that you have to file for and is somehow out of the ordinary. Copyright is an automatic right. You don’t have to apply for it, it just exists the second you create that piece of intellectual property in a tangible form. I assume they mean Shawish have also registered something to do with the form the ring takes officially somehow – maybe as a design patent? If you have any extra info I’d be interested to hear it.

Given its appearance at the trade show this month, I’m assuming the hefty price tag combined with the fact that it cannot be resized (or worn outside the house without a platoon of security guards) have made finding a buyer difficult, but then, the longer it goes without a buyer, the more it will be exhibited so that’s a definite plus!

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