Sometimes my most inspired pieces are created when I let the unique qualities of the materials be my guide. As a metalsmith, the possibilities of construction and design are only limited by my imagination. Often, my most creative pieces are designed with a general concept at first, but soon take their own shape as I piece them together and discover design solutions to make the piece both aesthetically pleasing and functional. The Stingray ring was inspired by the Stingray Collar, an extravagant statement neck piece which I designed and constructed with the same type of process. Both pieces take on an otherworldly aesthetic and play with concepts of wings and flight. This ring was showcased for the first time at the Los Angeles Fashion Council’s Los Angeles Fashion Week Press Presentation on March 12, 2014 in Downtown Los Angeles.