When Stefano Staurino of Staurino debuted his Animal collection last year, he had a few unusual beasts—think hippopotamuses and peacocks—in his stable, but this year’s unicorn ring tops them all. Why a mythical creature? Well, why not?
“People are looking for the unexpected,” he explained to JCK on Monday at the show. And the wilder the creature, the more enthusiastically some collectors react. “These pieces do well for us in the Far East,” he added. In fact, this unicorn came to life after Asian buyers asked him last year for some zodiac-inspired styles, which paved the way for the birth of this imaginary one-horned pony. “There’s a big demand for fantasy jewelry,” he added.
And while this particular style will travel to Japan at the show’s end for a reunion with its new buyer, fans of the mythical mammal can expect to see more unicorns since the piece is not a one-off. Made in 18k gold with cacholong white opal and natural gray diamonds, the ring retails for about $15,000.
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