Polly Gillespie shows off her Immortal Diamonds by Vamp ring

IMMORTAL DIAMONDS BY VAMP

‘Immortal Diamonds by Vamp’ is a conceptual artwork by New Zealand artist Jonathan Cameron. This art project is inspired by contemporary vampire fiction and presents an exclusive suite of virtual engagement rings along with a series of video works. The project has been designed to engage with and unpack notions of toxicity and romance – a contrasting juxtaposition within vampire fiction.

In order to offer integrity to the narrative Jonathan worked with The Inspired Collection to create a suite of rings that accurately reflected his vision.

THE STORY

Immortal Diamonds by Vamp presents an exclusive suite of charming Edwardian inspired diamond rings. The diamonds have been sourced from this period and re-crafted into a platinum setting for a new wearer. This lavish collection captures the fragility of human life with a secret cavity inside each band to preserve a single drop of human blood, a symbol of the bride’s prior form. Each embellished platinum band also bares sharp thorns like that of a rose, allowing only a true vampire bride to be adorned with such beauty.

ETHEREAL DIAMOND RING

The Ethereal Diamond Ring consists of a highly decorative weave of creeping vines spiraling across the platinum band and delicately clutching the centre stone. The organic structure is embedded with gleaming diamonds and small thorn-like spikes, blending and twisting together in harmonic fluidity. This ring is an everlasting symbol of the moment when two fates are inextricably entwined.

This ring is crafted in platinum, a highly durable and precious metal. Inside the platinum band is a cavity to preserve 0.05ml of human blood. The ring features an 8.70ct round diamond of the highest colour (D) and Internally Flawless clarity. Set with another twelve small round diamonds and two pear shape diamonds that total 0.26ct, the replacement value of this ring today would be $2.2 million.