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Bibi van der Velden’s jewelry might be fashioned from precious materials such as 18k fairtrade gold, diamonds, and baroque pearls, but there’s a very human aspect to her designs. Bibi believes that jewelry should bring energy to its wearer.

This personal touch comes from a jewelry-making process that’s grounded in traditional craftsmanship. Working with sustainable and unexpected materials, among them 60,000-year-old mammoth tusk, ostrich eggs, and scarab wings. Bibi hand-sketches and hand-carves each piece in wax. Bibi describes her jewelry pieces as “miniature sculptures.”

Nature and mostly animals are repetitive in Bibi’s designs, from earrings fashioned as swirling tornadoes to alligator shaped earrings carved from mammoth tusk and gold. A Tahitian pearl spins in the Galaxy Spinning Pearl Ring, while monkey or panther cocktail rings hide another smaller, discreet gold ring within. There’s always more to a Bibi van der Velden piece than meets the eye.