This bracelet is made with stones from sky-high Himalayan peak K2
Award-winning designer Sharon Khazzam has unveiled bracelet unlike any other. Aptly dubbed the 'Himilayan Bracelet', instead of the precious stones that Khazzam is so fond of using, the stones that adorn the bracelet were sourced near the peak of K2, the world's second tallest mountain.
The price for this masterpiece of wrist-friendly jewellery? A cool AED90,000 (or US$24,600). The design features a mixture of snow-white stones laced with flecks of ice blue and smoky grey, all of which is 100 percent natural.
All the stones were mined near the mountain's 28,000-foot summit, and are set in 18-karat white gold, with floral clusters of aquamarines, grey diamonds and apatite.
Khazzam broke into the jewellery scene in 2001, when – after working for Fred Leighton and London Jewelers – announced her own line. Better-known for playful designs made of vibrant gems, this is the first piece to make use of stones from one of the world's highest peaks.
And you'll have to go almost as far as the top of K2 to purchase one. Khazzam's Himilayan stone bracelet is available exclusively at Barneys New York.
According to the Khazzam, "I was instantly intrigued by the stone’s origin, its coloration, and the crazy unexpected pop of electric blues inside. It is not difficult to work with, but the challenge was more about translating an unknown material and celebrating it with design, workmanship, and additional gemstones. I welcome these challenges and get so excited when one comes across my table.
It marks an interesting turn for jewellery makers, who tend to rely on precious materials over hard-to-find ones. Still, what with the watch world embracing materials such as meteorite, it probably only natural that the world of jewellery would catch up eventually.
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