Clio Saskia was awarded a prestigious Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council Award at this year's 'jewellery Oscars', and what an award it was!
After the online and in-person judging sessions, and with unanimous votes from the judges, Clio's standout Snake Knuckleduster was awarded the Gem-A Award for its particularly personal incorporation of gemstones in the design. Sponsored by the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, the winner is invited to take part in a gemmology course at the world’s longest established provider of gem and jewellery education.
This piece was carved to replicate how a real snake might interact with the wearer, weaving and flowing around the fingers as it hunts for its prey. In this case it has caught a fiery red zircon in its mouth, which is one of the stones Clio discovered herself when she was mining in the Gemfields, Australia, in 2015.
This piece is hand carved and finished in 100% recycled 18K yellow gold, grasping a natural red Australian zircon in its mouth, with 43 natural and untreated blue, green and yellow sapphires arranged in an ombré along its back to replicate the Spotted Cat Snake's natural pattern.