Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rings as Personal Statement

Rings are always one of my favorite pieces of jewelry to design and to wear. They are a very personal piece of jewelry as many times they have symbolic meaning: wedding rings, class rings, mother's rings. Rings are special because they are enjoyed not only by the spectator, but the wearer themselves.

I love to work in ancient techniques and antique gems. There is a close relationship the piece of jewelry and the handmade process. I choose to work in granulation which was a symbol of the Etruscan culture, and rose cut gems which were one of the first styles of polished gemstones in history. Here are some designs that blend these styles and techniques to create a story for each piece and its wearer.