Ethical jewellery designer Arabel Lebrusan has launched a new collection of engagement rings inspired by Greek goddesses. The Brighton-based jeweller will be offering brides-to-be the chance to order the rings, which feature unusual engraved bands, with either ethically sourced white diamonds or laboratory-grown yellow diamonds.
“I see a world where both natural and synthetic diamonds can coexist, with full disclosure of origin, and fulfilling different customer’s dreams,” said the jeweller of the somewhat unorthodox decision to create a collection that includes both mined and lab-grown diamonds.
Held snugly within bezel settings of the Arabel Lebrusan Hera engagement rings are fully traceable Canadian white diamonds, lab-grown yellow diamonds – which offer significant savings on natural yellow diamonds, which can often be pricey – and ethically sourced blue sapphires and rubies from Malawi. The yellow gold bands, which have been hand engraved by artisans in London’s famous jewellery quarter Hatton Garden, are crafted from Fairtrade or Fairmined ecological gold, or recycled platinum. The packaging is also ethical, with the rings presented in jewellery boxes that are 100% recyclable.
Within the collection are solitaire engagement rings as well as trilogy engagement rings, and some designs have diamond-set shoulders. Each of the engagement rings has been named after a Greek goddess. The collection takes the name of Hera, goddess of marriage, while individual designs pay homage to mythical goddesses including Demeter, goddess of fertility, and Hestia, goddess of domesticity.
“An engagement is such a special time in two people’s lives, and the Hera collection of engagement rings is a reflection and celebration of women as goddesses,” said Lebrusan. “In designing these unique pieces, I found inspiration in the goddesses of Greek mythology, but also the goddess in each of us. Fine jewellery has the ability to make us feel empowered, and this is exactly what the Hera engagement rings are designed to do.”
The Arabel Lebrusan brand has recently moved to Brighton, where it has opened a by-appointment showroom in the centre of the city. The jeweller is also still meeting private clients in London on a regular basis.