Strand Ring

This ring captures the spiritual symbolism of the sea strand

 

Where Land Meets Water...

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This design played water against land...liquid against solid, by contrasting brightly polished 18k gold against florentined platinum-sterling, carved black jade against white opal—a green island floating in a dark basin. Also important was the idea of separation, a meeting place...reflected in the split shank dividing the design, and a synthesis of masculine and feminine influences.  

 

Ethiopian Opal

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This was a spectacular 15x13mm, white Ethiopian opal. The body of the stone was deep, almost leaden in color, which lent the gem a brooding, dramatic feeling and staged the green and red patch-fire to brilliant effect. Opal was the perfect choice for this ring, since the mineral is literally land meeting water! 

 

CAD Modeling the Design

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The model for this ring was a complex assembly of three castings in a sandwich formation. The Jade was clamped between the bezel assembly and the body of the ring using cold-connection screws. A nod to my jeweler—master-craftsman Mark Willardson—for his unmistakable contribution to this piece.

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The Florentine finish on these CAD images was only a render texture. I had something much more random and vigorous, almost a streaked surface, in mind for the finished piece. 

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I tried several accent details for the front elevation of this ring; here it was a gull form. In the end, I decided a simple unembellished front elevation was best.

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I normally sign my pieces with an initialed custom floating grille. The depth of the jade plate left too little space, so I engraved my initials instead—reflecting into each other to remain in tune with the overall design statement.

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This was a men's ring, which wasn't readily apparent in the other images. Here the strand ring sits alongside the model for the Cumorah ring; both are large statement-rings.

 

Final Strand Ring

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Here the interplay of the surface treatments and materials is evident. Technically speaking, the ring was peg-assembled to avoid long solder seams, and the jade was taken to a satin finish to highlight the color and luster of the opal. Platinum-sterling was used to avoid tarnish on the sabe Florentine finish.

 

Addendum

Sadly, this ring was stolen from a gallery space in Manhattan on February 28, 2018. If you come across this piece, please contact either myself or the 10th precinct of the NYPD. —Thanks!