When you want to keep small, valuable items within easy reach, yet only accessible by you, then a conventional, lockable jewelry box or even a mini-safe may seem the ideal solution. However, if you prefer the container to be a little more enigmatic, then these Gr2 ‘Secret Storage Spheres’ may be a better bet. Created by designer Kristoph Krisjans and smooth, shiny and beautiful in their own right, it’s not immediately obvious what they’re actually for. Isn’t it just a paperweight or a tactile desk ornament?
So, when that lithe cat burglar creeps into your space on a search for valuable jewelry, easy to snatch and light to carry, it may be a good trick to fool them. OK, the Gr2 Secret Storage Spheres are pretty, even worth stealing, perhaps? But they’re not really the stuff that swag is made of. They’re heavy — and obviously they’re not worth very much. A gold or diamond ring — well, yes, that is obvious. But a shiny ball? Your average house-breaker or casual opportunist is not really equipped — or probably enthusiastic enough — to carry off heavy household ornaments.
Little did your thief know that inside that pretty packaging lies a secret. The circular section obliquely positioned near the top of the ball in a contrasting metal – the warm, pink hues of copper or the bright shine of brass – comes off. The whole thing is a spherical container! If you’re flush enough, it can even be a luxury gift box. When you’re giving your nearest and dearest a gift of precious jewelry, what could be more exciting than finding it secretly nestled inside a gorgeous metal globe?
As the Gr2 Secret Storage Spheres are made mainly from the relatively lighter metal of aluminum in a black or silver finish. The sphere can be positioned to balance on its copper or brass contrasting disc. The additional metals are heavier and thus anchor the sphere in place, so it won’t roll away. It can also be kept on its acrylic stand, with the contrasting ‘lid’ on full show as a striking part of its design. As the copper or brass section will form a patina over time, the spheres come with a polishing kit so that you can make them look brand spanking new. Or, if you prefer, you can let nature take its course.
So, how does it open up? Without the need for a key or a combination lock, you use the dedicated silicone handle or sucker provided with the kit to remove the copper or brass ‘lid’. As it fits flush to the silhouette of the anodized aluminum outer shell (by anodizing the aluminum, the color and the smooth finish are sealed and kept intact), it’s not immediately apparent that the contrasting circle actually comes away from the rest of the sphere. Surprise! Just look what’s inside! Whatever it is — hopefully it’s worth it.
With a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Secret Storage Spheres have raised way in excess of the initial aim of £7,000, starting in July 2016. By November 2016, the campaign had already raised over £20,000, unlocking various stretch goals along the way including the 20k target of creating the spheres entirely from the heavier and more expensive (relative to the usual ‘body’ work of aluminum) metal of brass.
From here, there was just one more goal to unlock: fashioning the entire sphere — body and lid — from copper. So, if you fancy the super duper, all-over copper version, better get pledging! When the giddy sum of 25k is achieved, you can have one!