It’s nearly February—the month of amethyst just as much as it is the month of hearts. This week’s Britt’s Pick has the pleasure of shining with both, complete with a heart-shape brown diamond at its center.
But would you believe it’s a creation from Alp Sagnak?
The designer is known for his unapologetic approach to creating one-of-a-kind, wild jewels—skulls, snakes, piranhas—ya know, the kind of stuff a total badass would wear.
But the creator has in recent years embraced a softer side, though not without that signature rock-‘n’-roll edge.
“My daughter and I were chatting about how to increase sales and so on. and she and I mostly make wild jewelry, but I have a kind side as well. She said, ‘Why don’t you make some pieces that are not as wild and see the reaction?’ ” Sagnak tells me. “I said OK, what should I make? And she told me to start with a heart—she said, ‘I know you give lots of love, and you enjoy being loved and showing your love.’
“I showed my idea of the heart ring and asked her what color it should be—purple. I showed her a heart-shape diamond I had and she said let’s do this. And it became a father-daughter ring.”
Which brings to mind that hearts at Valentine’s Day—and all year long—aren’t solely for the romantics, but for relationships of all kinds. And I don’t know about you, but I melt to pieces at the thought of the father-daughter gift of a heart-shape jewel.
“Symbolically, the heart shape is the easiest and fastest way to express this natural feeling of love,” says Sagnak. “I don’t think there will be any century that the heart shape will ever be irrelevant.”
Truly, no one could disagree with that.
Top: Heart ring in 18k rose gold and silver with 1.01 ct. brown heart-shape diamond and amethysts, price on request; Alp SagnakFollow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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