Rings are arguably the most sentimental and meaningful of all jewelry pieces. We wear them to signify commitment and upon marriage, and as mementos of special milestones such as graduation.
Rings have been around for approximately 6000 years and designs continue to evolve. Lark Crafts' latest 500 series book, Showcase 500 Rings, which I received for review, celebrates the work of some of today's most creative and inspiring designers.
|Nisa Smiley's Collection of Antique Shell Button Rings|
Sterling silver, 24K gold leaf, gemstones, antique shell button rings
hand fabricated, forged, bezel set, stamped, keum boo
Photographed by Robert Diamante
The range is incredible - some rings are utterly luscious, some are distinctly artful, some are spare contemporary ones and yet others are outrageously flamboyant. Sure, some of the rings are not what you and I would wear but what all the designs show so clearly is the boundless imagination and skill of the designers. Their ability to craft such novel rings, sometimes with highly unusual materials, should motivate us to go beyond our comfort zone.
|Ben Neubauer's Square Ring|
Sterling silver, 18 karat gold, diamond
Photographed by Courtney Frisse
The techniques used also differed and include the modern computer aided design ones such as 3-D printing and rapid prototyping.
|Karolina Bik's Honeycomb Ring|
Sterling Silver, 22K gold plate, CAD, rapid prototyped, cast and sandblasted
photographed by the designer
Some of the rings were whimsical, others were kinetic. One of the loveliest interactive rings was this one :
|Joanna Hemsley's Inter(action)|
silver, 14K gold plating, silk, hand dyed
Photographed by the designer
|Sharon Vaizer's Fun Ta Sea|
Sterling silver, plastic, Swarovski crystals, welded and inlaid
Photographed by Heftsy Elgar
|Marjorie Schick's Orbiting Rings : Balancing Act|
Wood cut, constructed, carved, painted
Photographed by Gary Pollmiller
More Featured Designers from the Book :
- Li-Chu Wu's Amazing Paper Jewelry
- Extreme Creativity - Unusual Ring Designs (includes Islay Taylor's Nail Art Knuckleduster Rings)
- Jewelry from Real Vegetables (Julie Usel's Potato Rings)
- Jewelry Made from Colored Pencils
- I DO Sound Engraved Wedding Rings
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