This ring is a reinterpretation of the engagement ring. I have connected parts of a skeleton around a gold ring purchased in a flea market. The presence of the skeleton shows the fragility of life and contrast with the illusory permanence of the ring
The skeleton is made of a metallic structure that I covered with small pieces of recycled news-paper and is protected with transparent resin. Only the ribs and one part of the legs are firmly attached to the ring. The arm moves freely.
The stone is a zirconium and the setting is white gold. The ring is 24 carat gold
The UK size is K 1/2 (16 mm inside diameter)
After several trips to India, I was really impressed by the omnipresence of death in this culture. This society accepts death like a natural process; it is perceived as part of humanity’s destiny, as a life’s cycle. Destruction, degradation is present everywhere and in every mind in daily life. During my contemplation of cremations, I realised that we are but small things on earth: only bones and ashes.