Boutons de manchette Soyuz

Custom jewelry
for David St-Jacques

Soyuz cufflinks

 

 

David and his wife Véronique wanted a keepsake from David's mission on board the International Space Station, with custom jewelry made especially for them. They asked us to create a unique commemorative piece.

During our discussions they told us the Soyuz capsule is the vital link between the astronauts and the Earth - it is the means of transportation all the way to the ISS and it also takes the crew back home after six months on the Station. This "taxi to the stars" is central to the mission, and David happens to be the capsule's co-pilot!

The Soyuz rocket and capsule's components were therefore our main inspiration for David's cufflinks.

Here is the capsule from which we drew inspiration.  Left and right photo credit: NASA-Bill Ingalls

Here is the capsule from which we drew inspiration.
Left and right photo credit: NASA-Bill Ingalls

Inspiration for the cufflinks' bottom  Photo credit: NASA-Victor Zelentov

Inspiration for the cufflinks' bottom
Photo credit: NASA-Victor Zelentov

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The cufflink's top part is a replica of the Soyuz capsule, with its portholes and panels. The base is inspired by the rocket, with 20 rubies that recall the launcher's reactors.

Hand drawn sketch of the cufflinks made by Pierre-Mathieu.

Hand drawn sketch of the cufflinks made by Pierre-Mathieu.

3D technical plans.

3D technical plans.

We prepared 3D drawings with an accuracy of one-tenth of a millimeter, which gave David a precise idea of the final result. After a few small adjustments, we were ready to start the 3D printing of the mold.

 
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The capsule's inside was emptied to make it lighter and more comfortable to wear.

Fourty rubies selected one by one create a unique and vibrant effect underneath the cufflinks.

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• Massive sterling silver
• Polished finish
• 40 rubies for a total of 0.40 carat
• Official signature

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David St-Jacques découvre ses Boutons de manchette Soyuz

In July 2018, a few months before David started his mission, we delivered the Soyuz cufflinks in person. David took them on board the ISS, along with other keepsakes and favorite objects gathered in a box no larger than a shoebox.

Marie-Pierre Auclair, Véronique Morin, Pierre-Mathieu Chayer, David St-Jacques

On 24 June 2019, David will come back to Earth. It has been a real honor for us to take part in this adventure. A very special project that we will recall each time we look up at the stars!

 
 
 
 

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