Men's cufflinks with a Siamese fighting fish

Men's cufflinks with a Siamese fighting fish

Autor: Piotr Zieliński

The Siamese fighting fish is a aquatic animal with a combative disposition. He wages frequent battles for territory with other individuals of this species. The fight consists of several phases. First, the opponents flex their fins. This is followed by a tail fin attack and biting. The target of the attack is also long dorsal fins, which, due to damage in combat, cause the fighter to lose the ability to move normally in the water. At the end, the fish interlock with their mouths, trying to prevent each other from taking air. Dominance over other fish creates a hierarchical structure among this species.

Concept sketch of bespoke cufflinks.

This fish, found in Southeast Asia, has become a symbol of bravery and courage, used on various occasions, including on postage stamps.

This interesting metaphor also inspired me to design cufflinks. I started with a drawing that required additional modifications after the client's approval. Then I carried out a series of tests aimed at combining two ores - yellow gold and black silver. When the effect was satisfactory, I found a set of sapphires in Sri Lanka. Then I worked out the clasp and all the elements were put together, and the stones were set in 585 gold.

Siamese fighting fish cufflinks featuring Ceylon sapphires.


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