In the mid-1980s, inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s objets trouvés (“found objects”), André Ribeiro combined two contrary materials: diamonds and rubber.
His source of inspiration was a black sealing ring used for plumbing pipes. With diamond, the hardest of all gemstones displaying the ultimate light refraction properties, Ribeiro found the ideal complement.
Thanks to the rubber’s tension, the connection between the diamonds set in white gold and the soft base material is not only dynamic but also does justice to the materials involved.
The special cultural importance of Ribeiro’s jewellery line was copyrighted in 1997. His rubber jewellery was honoured with the RedDot award and has been included in the permanent collections of New York’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Pforzheim’s Jewellery Museum and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.