The Ukranian Alligator
"As a mother I am heart broken by what is happening to families in Ukraine, especially children. Now more than ever the people of Ukraine need our love and support. Inspired by the symbolic strength of my fearless alligator together with the colours of the Ukrainian flag, I have designed this special piece. 100% of the amount paid will be donated to UNICEF who is doing everything it can to respond to this devastating crisis. This is an unlimited edition as the Ukrainians need our unlimited support. Each piece sold will be numbered so you will know you are one of the many that have helped to make a difference." The body of the Alligator is crafted from specially sourced gemstones. The blue topaz is an empathic stone associated with compassion and communication, building bridges between people. The yellow citrine strengthens our endurance and represents the joy and peace we all long for. Intricately carved and hand-crafted to replicate an alligator’s body in miniature. This earring is designed in 18K yellow gold with the alligator’s mouth acting as the earrings’ closing bite mechanism to snap onto the ear. With blue and yellow sapphire eyes, the tail on the alligator also gently moves. A single earring can also double as a pendant.
Bibi van der Velden
Jeweller and sculptor Bibi van der Velden was born in New York, and had a peripatetic, artistic upbringing between The Netherlands and the English countryside. After training in sculpture at The Florence Academy of Arts, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and The Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, she decided to turn her attention to creating art of the wearable variety, launching her jewellery line in 2006.
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