The Roman poet Ovid wrote a poem about the phoenix bird. Having lived 500 years, the phoenix would settle high in an oak tree and caught fire. Subsequently a new, young bird was able to reborn from the ashes of its predecessor. In this 18 carat golden ring the rutil quartz symbolizes the egg from which the Phoenix will hatch. Red coral depict the flames of the bonfire. In the Chinese culture the phoenix represents the female sex in the world.
46. Deutscher Schmuck- und Edelsteinpreis
In the 46. Deutscher Schmuck- und Edelsteinpreis (German Award for Jewellery and Precious Stones) gemstone design had first priority. A artists were asked to apply with unmounted gemstones, gemstones in finished jewellery (in this case only precious metals were allowed), gemstone objects or gemstone sculptures, within the theme “Light my Fire”. The Deutscher Schmuck- und Edelsteinpreis is organized by the Bundesverband der Edelstein- und Diamantindustrie (Federal Association of the Precious Stones and Diamond Industry) in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.
The ring Phoenix Egg was awarded wit a special mention, existing in a certificate and a cash prize. From the jury report: “With The Phoenix egg Maja Houtman has made a imaginative and at the same time a technically perfectly crafted and well portable ring. The jury also praises in this lavishly, decorative ring, the successful staging of the competition’s theme. In addition, the jury honores the delicate combination of the materials used, which give the work a special charm. The decision is unanimous.”