Luxury Jewellery Synced With The Cosmos

SLIDESHOW: A gold ring called Lucy, part-meteorite, part-coated in Vantablack and ‘connected’ with a single star in space.

London-based Ore produces fine jewellery pieces, each linked to a single white dwarf star, causing them to glow when the star reaches its zenith.

Interactive extraterrestrial rings are now a thing. The designers at Ore, a London-based jewellery company, have managed to stud their rings with meteorites and connect them to a single white dwarf star — giant diamonds in deep space weighing billions of carats.

Each limited-edition ring conceals technology and glows via LED lights when the linked star is at its zenith. Asked exactly how this works, Tess O’Leary, one of Ore’s founders, says: “We are just filing for our patent right now so I would rather be discreet about how we do this until we’ve filed.

“But I can say that we’ve worked closely with an astrophysicist and star expert [from Imperial College London] to identify a suitable data source, and that it involves some very clever, complex software and some simple-but-robust, small hardware.”

O’Leary wants to focus on the emotional side of connectivity, exploring how technology can play a more sensitive role in luxury.

“Although we are positioning this as fine jewellery first, we are consistently underwhelmed by what is happening in the wearable tech space — it’s relentlessly focused on these notions of utility or updates. And that’s not what luxury should be concerning itself with.

“Luxury brands are embracing the experience economy with gusto — but again only superficially. We wanted to place magical, intangible experience at the very heart of our product by connecting people to natural phenomena. We believe it is this profounder notion that will take luxury into the future.”

Ore is also the first jewellery brand to work with Surrey Nanosystems’ Vantablack — a breakthrough material created in 2013 as the darkest man-made substance in the world to complement the ring’s far-out aesthetic of space travel.

The batch of 10 first editions will be ready by Christmas this year. O’Leary says: “We are just pricing the ring now. We’re basing our costs on £35,000 right now. We are launching with 18-carat gold before releasing platinum, palladium and more. Each metal will be available in a limited edition of 100 pieces.”

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