In the mid 1980s, inspired by the artist Marcel Duchamp’s theme "found objects", jewellery designer André Ribeiro began to combine two diametrically opposite materials: diamond and rubber.
His initial source of inspiration was a black vulcanised rubber ring used in hydraulics as an O-ring.
By juxtaposing the rubber O-ring with diamonds, the hardest of all precious stones, André initiated a dialogue between the utilitarian and the luxury. The effect created in André’s sophisticated pieces evokes the night sky bejewelled with twinkling stars.
Honoured with the RedDot design award, André’s work has been included in the permanent collections of NYC’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Jewellery Museum (Pforzheim) and the MAD Paris.