This piece I made is in a group show at Andrew Edlin Gallery New York, opening April 27. The show is curated by Andrew Guenther, a fellow artist and crafter. He is a great painter and jeweler and you should look at his work here: https://eattheleaf.com
Guenther came up with the concept for the show:
“Big Ringer is an exhibition of artists making their own interpretations of the diamond engagement ring, or ring of value that connotes some type of formal agreement.
Wedding rings and engagement rings have been exchanged since the Romans. Over time the meanings of engagement rings have ranged from religious talismans, agreements of ownership, symbols of value, and tokens of union or devotion. It is only around the 1930s that retailers began to push the sparkling diamond settings as we know them today.
While rings are traditionally made from precious metals and I don’t expect artists in the exhibition to follow this example but rather use what is available. The artists are free to interpret and reimagine the engagement ring in any material they see fit. The rings do not have to be gender specific and may even be for the self.”
…And from the gallery website: “Prior to our modern understanding of the circulatory system, many believed a vein ran directly from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart. The vena amoris, or vein of love, was seen as the conduit to a loved one's heart. Placing a wedding band or engagement ring on this finger was meant to be a supernatural link to the wearer's partner, a symbol of unity. Over time, rings have grown in size and opulence, carrying heavier cultural expectations.”