Are you as fascinated as we are by the alluring beauty of the deep blue sea? In that case we know for sure that you will fall in love with our Nautilus titanium and cultured pearls jewelry collection.
Our awarded ‘Abyssal’ bracelet was the seed of a jewelry collection that celebrates the majesty of the oceans and is our humble tribute to all the pioneers that risked their lives in order to uncover some of its never-ending mysteries.
Freediving dates from before 4500 BCE. It was a used for hunting and gathering, both for food and other valuable resources such as pearls and coral. In the 16th and 17th centuries, diving bells became more useful when a renewable supply of air could be provided to the diver at depth. However, it was not until the early 19th century when the modern diving dress was developed, making possible the exploration of the sea floor for humankind.
There is no need to say the deep seas and open oceans have always haunted the human race since the dawn of time, but the scientific and technological advances of the 19th century uncovered a new world of possibilities. This is something that Jules Verne reflected perfectly in his acclaimed novels ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’ (1870) and ‘The Mysterious Island’ (1874) with the adventures of Captain Nemo and his extraordinary submarine, the Nautilus.
As you may know, the cephalopod mollusc nautilus is a true ‘living fossil’ that inhabits depths of several hundred metres and it is no coincidence that Jules Verne christened Captain Nemo’s underwater vessel with the same name, as a tribute to Robert Fulton’s first practical submarine in History. This is the name, also, of our jewelry collection because we could not help but wonder how would be titanium used in the Victorian era if this material were available back then… the 19th century is one of our main sources of inspiration and this collection is not an exception.
The jewelry collection
The Nautilus Collection combines the coldness and strength of an avant-garde metal like titanium with the warmth and seducing luster of freshwater cultured pearls, an organic gemstone that becomes a revisited classic thanks to the uniqueness of this unprecedented combination.
We wanted this collection to be ideal for daily use and this is the reason why you are going to find discreet, minimalist designs that are really comfortable, versatile and easy-to-wear.
As you will see, these titanium jewelry pieces display a gorgeus range of blue tones. How is this possible? Go on reading to discover it, you will be amazed by the always surprising answer to this question.
In contrast to the stable metals like gold, titanium is a reactive metal. What does this mean? It means that titanium is altered by the changes in its environment. How does it react, then?, you will be probably wondering. It reacts generating an oxide layer, which makes us perceive the colours. And I am using the term ‘perceiving’ on purpose, because this oxide layer is completely transparent: like rainbow, soap bubbles or peacock feathers, the titanium colours that our eyes perceive result from a light refraction/reflection phenomenon. What we do is subjeting it to electricity or heat under controlled conditions in order to achieve the desired results. These are the miracles of physics placed in the service of creativity and beauty.
The truth is that titanium is a peculiar material that brings many technical challenges. For example, it cannot be soldered with the traditional jeweler’s torch and can only be welded (we use micro TIG welding equipment for this endeavour).
We have prepared a practical care guide in order to help you to preserve your jewelry pieces. Have a look a it! Nautilus Collection care guide.
Last but not least, we want to highlight a very special property of titanium: it is hypoallergenic (this is why most of medical prosthesis are made of this extraordinary material). If you suffer from any allergy to precious metals, the jewels of our Nautilus Collection may be a safe option for you because each and every part chosen to manufacture is made of titanium (including chain, clasps, ear nuts, etc.).
We are most pleased to share with tou this jewelry collection’s catalogue (available below or through this link):
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