The „Nautilus 1” ring object in the shape of a steamboat is crafted in 85g 750 red and white gold and features corals, six moonstone cabochons, four 8/8 diamonds and ivory. The glass dome is made of glass bell, brass, copper and wood.
Ships are like a reflection of our lives. We embark on an uncertain journey, sometimes in stormy seas, sometimes in calm ones, in big steamers and small „nutshells”. We experience shipwreck and arrive in distant ports. Ships stimulate our imagination.
Likewise, the Nautilus steamer symbolizes my journeys and dreams, unites the experiences of my youth and treasures fantastic stories. The object d’art reveals the various goldsmithing techniques and aspects of my craft.
I was inspired by my youth in Vitznau on Lake Lucerne, the village at the foot of Mount Rigi, where one can still sense a touch of the Belle Epoque. Even Mark Twain described it in the narrative about his Rigi ascent at sunrise. The steamboat trips to Lucerne during my apprenticeship, with the pounding rhythm of the steam engines, the smell of oil in my nose and the wind in my face, are memories that have become part of my work. Likewise, I have always been fascinated by the novel „Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, written in 1869 by the French writer Jules Verne with Captain Nemo as the main character. In this book, Verne anticipates the technical development of the submarine. The submarine „Nautilus”, which is guided through the oceans by Captain Nemo, tells a fantastic story of astonishing actuality and thematizes our interaction with the environment.
The launched steamboat ring is the first object of my planned series on this subject. It is an exclusively hand-assembled unique piece with the engraving „Nautilus No. 1”.
My dear customer and bestselling author Gion Mathias Cavelty inspired and supported me to realize this project. Therefore, I am honored that Gion has agreed to contribute a short text on papyrus. We sealed this papyrus together and enclosed it in the steamer. What is written on the document will forever remain the secret of its writer, unless someone opens the time capsule one day. Thus, Gion Cavelty has even topped his bestselling novel „Finally Non-Reader” (German „Endlich Nichtleser”) by creating a real „non-reader”: A sweet little secret that embarks on a journey into the unknown aboard the steamboat.