18ct White Gold
ORBIT SUPER SIZE RING WHITE
A hero piece from the collection Solaris, this 18 carat white gold ring is as tactile as it is visually stunning.
The inspiration for this story blends Russian Art Deco with the calculus contraptions of the period of enlightenment.
Unashamedly heavy, this is a powerful statement ring, with the distinctive sculptural forms and dangerous elegance expected of a Hannah Martin design.
This piece of hand carved sculpture will add strong, stylish drama to any outfit.
Edition of 45
Solid 18 Carat White Gold.
The Orbit Super Size Ring is made from approximately 60 grams of solid 18 ct white gold. This ring was originally hand carved at the bench by Hannah and each ring is hand made in London.
Height from top to bottom: 32mm
Maximum height above finger: 10mm
Maximum width at top of ring: 30mm
Maximum width at back of ring: 13mm
‘Solaris’ is the second series of the collection ‘The Man Who Knows Everything’. This ring is an important piece within the story as a whole, and one of my personal favourites (I wear one every day).
The overriding narrative of the collection really began with my ongoing fascination with the infamous Comte de St Germain. The Comte was a man of unknown origins and unknown end – an alchemist who allegedly discovered the elixir of life. He was a man with no boundaries of place or time – the lover of princesses and muse to the likes of Pushkin and Voltaire.
For ‘Solaris’ I was very much looking at the instruments and contraptions developed during the Enlightenment period – really the beginnings of science as we know it now. The mixture of science and magic of this period fitted perfectly with my tale.
Alongside this I was also referencing the work of photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher – particularly their work with water towers and other monumental industrial structures along with the work of Cassandre (the deco period graphic legend). This particular ring was born from studying the shapes of very early space suits, which are almost like armour. I wanted to capture the feeling of orbiting, but with an essence of monumentalist sculpture.
After drawing the shapes continually I moved into hand carving wax forms to capture the volume and flow of lines that I was looking for. I wanted this ring to feel mysterious – is it armour for the finger? Is it a symbol of something? Is it ancient, or super modern?
The weight and sensuality of the ring were also vital – it is a ring you can't stop touching as you wear it.