Known for his signature method of reverse carving, or intaglio carving—which creates captivating miniature scenes within a gemstone—the Istanbul-based jewelry artist Sevan Bıçakçı has unveiled his latest designs, featuring wildlife imagery both real and fantastical. Among the artful pieces is a single gold ear cuff with a giant South Sea pearl, depicting a mermaid ($30,549); a diamond ring carved with an image of two angels mounted on winged horses ($51,419); and an aquamarine pendant necklace etched with a dove and set in rose gold ($42,560).
This collection, Bıçakçı says, illustrates an evolution of skill for him and his design team. “I feel that with each creation we have higher expectations and standards for our work,” he says. “I have been blessed with a creative team who have incredible talents, and together we challenge each other to attempt new feats in the design process.” Each piece requires countless hours of carving and sometimes miniature painting to create the image, and there is always the risk that a valuable stone will crack under the pressure of the tools. Over the years, the artist and his team have ruined many stones—but they have succeeded with far more, and he now has an international list of clients who collect his work and wait for the latest one-of-a-kind creations. (www.sevanbicakci.com)