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DeskSpace - Let your imagination wander the stars

We have faithfully recreated each of the planets of the solar system (including Pluto, because we still love you!) using the highest quality gem stones that we can lay our hands on. The result is DeskSpace - a unique and innovative gift that is handcrafted with love and polished to perfection. This is a little piece of the heavens, right there on your desk.

A perfect gift for a friend or loved one

Ever since we were children, most of us have marvelled at the stars and wondered what it would be like to be closer to them. DeskSpace gives us that small reminder of our place in the universe with a set of gemstones that are beautiful and stylish. This is a sophisticated gift for anyone with a curious mind, who was once that little child questioning the universe.

Stylish and sophisticated desk top accessory

If you like to stand out from the crowd and have something that’s just a little different from the typical Newton’s Cradle, DeskSpace is a great desk accessory. With its own rectangular stand, this easily sits on the desk, mantelpiece or window sill, this is so tactile that people will want to pick up each one. Kids will love it too and it might just start a conversation about the wonders of space. 

Learn about the solar system, while looking at it

Included in your gem stone set is a high quality, heavyweight book designed to offer up some interesting, intriguing and fun facts about the planets in front of you. With detailed images and a clever design that allows it to nestle inside the box stand, this is the perfect addition to the DeskSpace set and turns it from a curiosity into a practical gift for space enthusiasts.

Made from materials that will take your breath away

In designing our DeskSpace planet set, we worked incredibly hard (for several months) to source the exact materials that would showcase the unique beauty of each planet. We visited factories and suppliers worldwide and even cross referenced NASA satellite images with the finished products to ensure they are as accurate as they are stunning. The final result are polished gems that are lovely to look at, smooth to touch and a creative gift that will be appreciated by young and old.

Specifications

In the long process of gathering the correct materials for DeskSpace, we worked hard to make sure that the stones we chose represented each planet perfectly. Below we detail how the density of our chosen materials mirror that of the planet’s sphere and how we were able to create a feeling of each gem being a lifelike representation of the real planet.

 
Labradorite ((Na,Ca)₁₋₂Si₃₋₂ O₈), a sodium-rich plagioclase feldspar which displays a particular type of iridescence on a dark ground. Labradorite is found in igneous rocks, both plutonic and volcanic.
Labradorite ((Na,Ca)₁₋₂Si₃₋₂ O₈), a sodium-rich plagioclase feldspar which displays a particular type of iridescence on a dark ground. Labradorite is found in igneous rocks, both plutonic and volcanic.

 

 

Nephrite (Ca₂(Mg,Fe)₅Si₈O₂₂ (OH)₂,), a variety of the calcium, magnesium, and iron rich amphibole minerals tremolite or actinolite, mostly known for its green varieties.
Nephrite (Ca₂(Mg,Fe)₅Si₈O₂₂ (OH)₂,), a variety of the calcium, magnesium, and iron rich amphibole minerals tremolite or actinolite, mostly known for its green varieties.

 

 

Sodalite (Na₈Al₆Si₆O₂₄ Cl₂), a sodium aluminum silicate chloride in the Sodalite group with an isometric crystal system. Its royal blue forms are the best known. As a mineral, it is a principal component of lapis lazuli.
Sodalite (Na₈Al₆Si₆O₂₄ Cl₂), a sodium aluminum silicate chloride in the Sodalite group with an isometric crystal system. Its royal blue forms are the best known. As a mineral, it is a principal component of lapis lazuli.

 

  

Mahogany Obsidian (SiO₂), a volcanic glass which contains undulating parts of oxidized Hematite or Magnetite, which are usually colored mahogany brown or brick red within a black-colored base material.
Mahogany Obsidian (SiO₂), a volcanic glass which contains undulating parts of oxidized Hematite or Magnetite, which are usually colored mahogany brown or brick red within a black-colored base material.

 

 

Tiger’s Eye (SiO₂), a metamorphic rock with a golden to red-brown colour lustre. It is formed when the Quartz takes over and dissolves the Crocodolite, leaving the Quartz in a finely fibrous and chatoyant form.
Tiger’s Eye (SiO₂), a metamorphic rock with a golden to red-brown colour lustre. It is formed when the Quartz takes over and dissolves the Crocodolite, leaving the Quartz in a finely fibrous and chatoyant form.

 

 

Calcite (CaCO₃), a carbonate mineral, one of the most common minerals occurs in a great variety of shapes and colors, and it constitutes a major portion of many of the earth’s rocks.
Calcite (CaCO₃), a carbonate mineral, one of the most common minerals occurs in a great variety of shapes and colors, and it constitutes a major portion of many of the earth’s rocks.

 

 

Amazonite (KAlSi₃O₈), a mineral of limited occurrence. Formerly it was obtained almost exclusively in the Ilmensky Mountains. For many years, the source of amazonite’s color was a mystery.
Amazonite (KAlSi₃O₈), a mineral of limited occurrence. Formerly it was obtained almost exclusively in the Ilmensky Mountains. For many years, the source of amazonite’s color was a mystery.

 

 

Cat’s Eye (BeAl2O4), a gemstone exhibits a rare optical trait known as chatoyancy. Chatoyancy is the unique ability to reflect light in a way that resembles the slit eye of a cat, hence the name ‘cat’s eye’.
Cat’s Eye (BeAl2O4), a gemstone exhibits a rare optical trait known as chatoyancy. Chatoyancy is the unique ability to reflect light in a way that resembles the slit eye of a cat, hence the name ‘cat’s eye’.

 

 

Heliotrope (SiO₂), also known as bloodstone, is a variety of jasper or chalcedony (which is a cryptocrystalline mixture of quartz).
Heliotrope (SiO₂), also known as bloodstone, is a variety of jasper or chalcedony (which is a cryptocrystalline mixture of quartz).

 

How we made DeskSpace

The process of creating DeskSpace involves a lengthy process of choosing, washing and shaping the various gems. Our craftsmen hand shape each one before polishing it to a perfect glass-like shine. The process may be lengthy, but we know that perfection only comes with time.

  • Gemstones are mined from a variety of locations across the globe. We only work with mines that are sympathetic to the environment and with materials that are in plentiful supply.  
  • The individual gemstones raw blocks are then washed ready for processing into smaller shapes.
  • Diamond edge saws then cut the gems into cubes and into the right sizes for each of the planets.   
  • Each cube is then shaped by hand into a sphere using a diamond grit grinding wheel by one of our dedicated and experienced craftsmen. This process is done by eye and takes true precision.  
  • Each sphere is then precisely measure and checked for imperfections - any that do not meet the grade are rejected.  
  • Once the stone has passed the first round of quality control it is then polished on a buffing wheel. This brings out the incredible shine and colour of each stone.  
  • The bespoke wooden stand and gift box are handcrafted by our artisans, who pay special attention to the detail of each and every one.

Why we made DeskSpace

We are three designers who all have three things in common - a love of design, a fascination with space and jobs that keep us tied to our desks. We wanted to create a desktop accessory that brought together our design skills with our interests. Something that would allow us to have a small vision of how our home environment sits within the universe. We wanted it to be sleek and sophisticated, to be tactile and beautiful and to make people interested in what lies beyond the desk in front of them. 

With our backgrounds in technical design, we knew that our creation would need to be accurate, but moreover it needed to interpret the solar system in a way that brought about emotion and a lasting feel. DeskSpace needed substance. And so, the search for the right materials began. 

Our search was for a desk accessory that fulfilled our personal needs and we truly believe that our creation will fulfill the needs of others too. Each and every one of us has a small connection with the skies. Bringing that into your office through our timeless and classic accessory is more than just a chance to own something beautiful - it is an opportunity to reconnect with the universe.

Risks and challenges

Our team has taken many project from concept through to manufacture and we are well prepared to ensure the highest quality and fastest delivery time. We have gone through lot of prototyping processes and made a few test runs for larger batch manufacturing. Though there are always some potential challenges to every Kickstarter campaign that may cause small delays, we are confident about project's fulfillment in time and we promise to keep you updated until you get your rewards. Our priority is to make every backer satisfied.

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