18ct Yellow Gold
STUDDED SHACKLE RING YELLOW
The Only Performance takes its inspiration from characters of the London underworld – fallen rock stars and darkly glamorous creatures of the night.
The Studded Shackle Ring reflects these references in its sharp, graphic lines and sensual sculptural form. Crossing the top of the finger, the studded bar detail appears as if floating above the hand.
A celebration of the gold it is crafted from, this ring exudes confidence and power in its pure simplicity.
Edition of 120
18 Carat Yellow Gold.
This ring is made from approximately 20 grams of solid 18 carat gold. It was originally formed by hand carving wax. Each ring is hand made in London.
'Shackle' Top Length from Tip to Tip: 28mm
Width at widest point: 7mm
Height above finger: 7mm
Width of band: 4mm
As a collection, ‘The Only Performance’, is a hymn to underground London, the very darkest parts of it.
My initial reference point was the film ‘Performance*’. In fact the collection title itself was taken from a quote in the film by the character Turner (played by Mick Jagger) – “the only performance that really makes, that makes it all the way, is madness”.
My narrative for the collection reflects many of the key themes from the film – a London underworld inhabited by gangsters, fallen rock stars and creatures of the night; Characters that push the boundaries of masculinity, decadence and bad behaviour to the very limit.
From the early stages of my research I knew I wanted this collection to be about gold – uncompromising, unapologetic and pure. I started to explore how I could play with the idea of using metal, where perhaps traditionally there would be stones.
This ring grew from this exploration. I developed the ‘stud’ shape – and began to imagine what would happen if it was stretched across, or around, the finger.
I wanted the pieces to retain a sense of strength and power, but also to have some sensuality to them. The curved forms, mixed with the contrasting hard, sharp lines were my way of bringing these two juxtaposing styles together.
From above, this ring looks as if it is a stretched, sculptural stud of metal, hovering just above the finger. I like the ambiguity this creates – the slight mystery as to what it is, and how it is held in place.
* Dir. Donald Cammell/Nicholas Roeg. 1970.