EARLY Loree Rodkin Medieval Solid 18K/Sterling Gothic Skulls Eternal Ring 1of1


EARLY Loree Rodkin Medieval Solid 18K/Sterling Gothic Skulls Eternal Ring 1of1

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EARLY Loree Rodkin Medieval Solid 18K/Sterling Gothic Skulls Eternal Ring 1of1:
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EARLY Loree Rodkin Medieval Solid 18K/Sterling Gothic Skulls 1 of 1 Ring


This is it. The ultimate Loree Rodkin piece that hails from a day when you couldn’t buy Loree Rodkin online.. on her website.. but rather only from the artist herself. You walked in to her small office, and from a single jewelry drawer she would produce a small collection of her one off, personally handcrafted masterpieces. There were no mass produced jewelry lines - nothing was “ordinary.” This ring - it could be argued, is the most substantial Loree Rodkin piece ever produced. Strictly from a material standpoint, nothing Loree Rodkin has made (both in the past and present) can contend with the sheer mass of solid 18K hand sculpted yellow gold she uses here. I highly encourage you to comb through the internet, her jewelry archives, etc. in search of a Rodkin ring that even remotely resembles “the One.” No matter where you look, how you look - you simply will not find a Rodkin ring of this scale… period. In terms of this model itself existing elsewhere? Forget it… it has no online presence, it has no ‘twin,’ it does - not - exist. Rodkin’s ‘gothic line’ came and went as quickly as her popularity grew. Bold.. unique.. majestic excess pieces such as this were quickly swapped out for lightweight abstract collections.. her use of gold replaced largely by thin, fragile, lightweight silver. These days, Rodkin has a “minimalist” appeal. Her jewelry today incorporates high amounts of diamonds and gems - precious metals are no longer used heavily or as a focal point, but merely serve to provide a loose structure on which countless jewels can be plastered. Rodkin’s roots were real, they were unique, they were untamed.. Jewelry designers simply didn’t make.. couldnt make.. solid high karat gold pieces that weighed more than they should (: .. but Rodkin did. This.. was how Loree Rodkin became famous - she excelled in and was expert on all things excess… No.. nobody was making what Loree Rodkin was - ultimately, because they couldn’t. This is a ring that many jewelers would argue shouldn’t exist.. to make such a ring would mean depleting resources, bankroll, and time.. Yet, it exists.. because Loree Rodkin had the bankroll… had the resources… had the time.. not to make many, not to make a few, but to make one. This… is “The One.”


As mentioned earlier, this is quite possibly a one of one for Rodkin. My father was a collector for MANY years - and that obsession with Rodkin jewelry was passed on down to me. Having inherited his collection, and having done my own combing for her early works through many years - I’ve never come across another THICK gold high detail skull band as such. I’ve yet to even find photos proving the existence of another ring like the one you see here.


Material:

So we’ve all had the experience of paying for a high karat gold accessory only to find when the piece arrives it BARELY registers in weight when held in the palm of your hand. Call me old fashioned, but I like my precious metals HEAVY… and heavy this ring is - weighing in at approximately ______ grams! This is a weight - beautifully - that you can truly feel. While the inner band is indeed sterling silver (and a beautiful, high luminosity one at that) you’ll notice in the above photos that the weight of this ring truly does amount to a weight mostly of gold. The skulls along the band are THICK and protruding - bulky - bulging - amazingly dense. If I were to describe the material composition of this ring, I would say it resembles something made in a medieval blacksmith’s shop. The precious 18K yellow gold has an almost “liquid-like” look to it - raw, crude, rugged - real. The decision to make the inside of the band (encased in thick yellow gold) a sterling silver was an undeniably brilliant one… had the inside been left gold, well - the ring would be quite monotone in appearance. Instead, the cool tone silver, up against a deep, warm yellow gold gives this piece an incredible display of contrast and depth. I’ve always though that a high karat gold is best paired with a cool tone metal. The sterling silver, in this way, almost “showcases” the thick yellow gold exterior. You just wouldn’t appreciate the deep, pure hue of the 18K solid gold as much on its own. The silver gives your eyes something to compare the gold to.


From a material standpoint alone, this ring is in a class of its own. Designers these days are so focused on cutting costs, that you’d never see a bulky, solid ring incorporating serious levels of precious metals in the industry today. This ring (and the days of excess) — a thing of the past.


Style:

What is there to say that would do the design of this piece justice? I HIGHLY encourage you to really examine the above photos - as I know that my words here will fall flat. Stunning… and an indicator of an artist who truly understands the properties of 18K gold.


The Skulls:

Look for a moment at the NINE thick 18K protruding solid gold ghoulish skulls that wrap their way around the ring’s band. I did my best to capture these skulls accurately in the above photos, as the detail therein is just otherworldly in nature. The skulls were formed using the “lost wax” method - meaning each skull is actually solid gold through and through. The process involves pouring liquid gold into a mold - and letting the gold cool. You end up with little “statues” of precious metal. Each one of these distinctly crafted solid gold skulls were then fitted to the band. On the skulls, gaping jaws and haunting eyes. Natural oxidization has turned the indented empty eye sockets, and gaping jaws, a sort of black - giving even more detail to these stunning hand crafted skulls. The thing with the skulls on this ring - is that they are anatomically accurate! I can’t even begin to discuss how many pieces I’ve seen in the jewelry world that portray skulls in an almost “comical” way. So many skulls end up looking like “parodies” of the real thing. Not here… even the subtle slope of the cranium is spot on. You can make out distinct teeth in the top and bottom of the slightly gaping jaws! The skulls are SEAMLESSLY fused into the sterling band… and justttt enough space is left between them to see some sterling silver peaking through… again, contrast… depth… character (:


The 18K and Sterling Silver are very high polish and smooth in nature on this ring. Because of this, when exposed to the natural light - this ring seems to reflect light in such a way it is almost blinding! The whole ring just seems to glow (: beautiful… truly.. and there is no missing this ring when its on your finger. Because of its high luminosity - I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve had a stranger say “Whats that on your finger?” - you can’t - not - see this piece… it just was made to be noticed (and admired).


Hallmarks: LR (cross) for Loree Rodkin, 18K, 925 (inside band)

Specs:

Weight: 14 Grams

Size: 10



EARLY Loree Rodkin Medieval Solid 18K/Sterling Gothic Skulls Eternal Ring 1of1:
$2725.00

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