18ct Yellow Gold, Blue Sapphies, Black Rhodium
STUDDED RING BLACK
From the iconic collection It’s Only Rock N’ Roll, this ring captures the ideology at the heart of all Hannah Martin pieces – a rock n’ roll aesthetic with a sense of private luxury.
Sapphires are set upside down to become studs around the ring whilst the 18 carat yellow gold hides behind a layer of black rhodium.
A subtle knife edge detail on the inside of the ring gives the impression that the ring hovers above the finger when worn.
Edition of 100
Solid 18 Carat Yellow Gold with Dark Blue Sapphires, finished with Black Rhodium.
This ring is made from 7.4 grams of 18 carat yellow gold and has approximately 3.2 carats of dark blue sapphires. The sapphires are diamond cut and grain set, upside down. The ring is hand-crafted and the stones are set by hand, in London.
Depth of ring: 5.5mm
I designed this ring as a partner-in-crime for the Secret Stud Ring. They both utilise important themes from the collection ‘It’s Only Rock N’ Roll’, exploring the sculptural ‘knife-edge’ detail and the stones set upside down to create ‘studs’. But with this ring the knife-edge is on the inside of the design, the studs on the outside. The subtle tear-drop-like shape created by the knife-edge on the interior is reflected in the exterior shape of the Secret Stud Ring.
The effect of the secret knife-edge detail is to create the visual sensation that the ring is hovering around the finger when it is worn. It adds a sensuality to the ring as well, something that feels good to touch and feel.
The collection itself was an exploration into youth culture and the wild hedonism of live rock and roll. The power of letting yourself go, letting yourself be. I wanted the form of the pieces to have both strength and sensuality – a combination of curved lines and sharp edges.
I was fascinated by using the visual codes of rock and roll culture, but translating them into the world of fine jewellery. By setting the stones upside down in this ring I was referencing the studs of a punk’s leather jacket, but by setting them in a gold, sculptural band also upholding the elegance and beauty of jewellery and the materials used in the crafting of the piece.
For me, this ring is a subtle nod to rebellion, and a hint at what lies beneath.