Before summer started in full swing – warm days that called me out to enjoy life beyond the walls of the studio - there was a project for my father that I wanted to finish: a ring distinctly Alex. It was important to me to share my enthusiasm for the bench work I’d found so fulfilling. Importantly too, was the need to make something Dad would wear, not just thank me for. What was really interesting was what we ended up designing together.
After discussion regarding the challenges faced with having fingers that were a bit distorted from age and a certain medical condition I can't pronounce, we turned from the practical considerations to the aesthetic. He wanted a big amethyst cabochon, like a man’s cocktail ring. Something that got your attention, so balancing a large stone for a man’s ring presented some interesting challenges. The end result I think was very nice, and certainly made the old man happy.