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Jewellery designer Dannie Larsson on the rare and dangerous art of cutting diamonds

By Eliza Sörman Nilsson
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For the Rare Jewelry founder doing things the hard way is the key to making something shine

Dannie Larsson knows how to make something sparkle - really sparkle. As the designer and founder of Rare Jewelry, she spends her days amongst colourful gemstones and diamonds, sketching intricate designs that are then made into one-of-a-kind pieces.

The journey from sketch to fine jewellery all starts with the gemstone. She never really knows what she will get her hands on in terms of colours, carats and clarity. But once that’s sourced she sets to work drawing and planning ways to really make it shine.

For Larsson, the possibilities are endless. Insects, dragons, shapes, wolves, and everyday items like safety pins and padlocks have all been transformed into sparkling delights. But it doesn’t happen overnight. For the past two years, she has worked on, among other things, the ‘Martina’ ring, named after Vogue Scandinavia's editor-in-chief, which is created from 18k white gold surrounded by 80 diamonds, 34 rubies, six morganites, 18 rose sapphires, two amethysts and four spinals. It comes with a matching ruby bracelet which is equally as impressive. Another piece that really showcases her craft is a dragon with a 3.1 carat emerald in its mouth, placed on a necklace.

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The Martina ring design. Photo: Rare Jewelry

Rare Jewelry martina ring

Photo: Rare Jewelry

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