Crafting a Statement Ring…At the Jeweler’s Bench

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.  

 I love sketching my concepts on graph paper, I will then cut out the actual shapes from graph paper and tape them to the metal that needs to be sawed out.  I also work out the many steps of the creation process through notations on my sketches.  
I love sketching my concepts on graph paper, I will then cut out the actual shapes from graph paper and tape them to the metal that needs to be sawed out.  I also work out the many steps of the creation process through notations on my sketches.  
 The ring half way through the construction process.  The wings have been formed using chasing and repoussé, and the main stone setting has been fabricated.
The ring half way through the construction process.  The wings have been formed using chasing and repoussé, and the main stone setting has been fabricated.
 The ring in the final stages... The fabrication and soldering is complete, the stingray skin is fit and glued in, and the final polishing and refining of the bezel will be completed. 
The ring in the final stages… The fabrication and soldering is complete, the stingray skin is fit and glued in, and the final polishing and refining of the bezel will be completed. 

 A detail of the ring on a model at the Los Angeles Fashion Council Press Event during Los Angeles Fashion Week.  The model also wears the Sky Serpent Cuff in Black Rhodium.
A detail of the ring on a model at the Los Angeles Fashion Council Press Event during Los Angeles Fashion Week.  The model also wears the Sky Serpent Cuff in Black Rhodium.