18 carat white gold, sapphires, black jade
UNKNOWN PLEASURES RING
Monumental yet sensual, architectural yet fluid, this ring, from Hannah’s collection Somebody’s Sins, is a piece of sculpture for the finger.
A carved bolt of black jade appears to be clamping this ring around the finger. A flash of flesh visible between the two lines of deep blue sapphires adds an element of sensuality.
Subversive yet sophisticated – this is a ring that challenges convention without compromising elegance.
Edition of 22
18 carat white gold with 18 carat rose gold details. Deep blue sapphires, pavé set. Carved black jade.
This ring weighs 9 grams of 18 carat white and rose gold and has approximately 0.9 carats of dark blue pavé set brilliant cut sapphires and a hand carved jade bar. The ring is hand-crafted and the stones are set by hand in London.
Maximum height: 23mm
Maximum width across finger: 20mm
Maximum length up/down finger: 12.5mm
Maximum height above finger: 5.5mm
Jade bar: 20 x 3mm
My vision is that this is a ring for those in the know. I imagine it is some kind of token, a symbol of membership (or is it ownership) of the House of MrS.
In a wider context, outside of my imaginary muse and his world, it is part of a bigger question about belonging to a tribe, a movement. Does this make you a possession of someone or something, or does it bring you the ultimate freedom?
The form of the ring draws on the concept of control. The ring is monumental in its curves and sculpture. It rises above the finger architecturally, the lines are hard and clean. The carved stone bolt appears to be the only element holding the ring together, pulling the gold around the finger. Everything about this ring is controlled, but there is a sense that this control rests on a knife edge. There is a partially suppressed energy and vitality to the form that could burst out at any moment.
A flash of flesh is exposed in the gap between the two halves of the metal, which for me adds an element of sensuality that defies the unapologetic strength of the form itself. An element of vulnerability in an otherwise powerful form.