contemporary two-finger knuckle ring

Double Finger Ring by Naomi Muirhead, 2 finger ring, knuckle ring
Double Finger Ring by Naomi Muirhead © 2011

Recent style trends have included the 2-finger ring (or double ring) which may have derived from the idea of “brass knuckles” that are traditionally used for combat. These fashion adaptations are obviously not intended to promote or be used for combat nor self-defense, but instead make a bold contemporary style statement. They may not be every-day rings, but are relatively comfortable when worn on the middle and ring fingers.

What are knuckle rings? They actually have an interesting history dating back to Ancient Rome, having evolved from the caestus, a bound hand guard made of leather and metal worn during battles and gladiator events.  The use of brass knuckles has continued througout history, utilized even during the U.S. Civil War, WWI, and WWII. Knuckle rings reached the contemporary masses when they became common in hip-hop culture.

I have designed a hollow box construction double-finger ring that can be filled with various materials. First, the ring was constructed in 1mm brass sheet. Then a mold was made and it was cast in sterling silver.

Brass knuckle ring construction
Brass knuckle ring construction

This example presents a reclaimed piece of 100+ year old Madagascar ebony set with a black cubic zirconia and sterling silver. The ebony was shaped, sanded, and rubbed with linseed oil. Here is the finished ring:

Double Finger Ring by Naomi Muirhead © 2011
Double Finger Ring by Naomi Muirhead © 2011

 

Madagascar Ebony, Sterling, and Cubic Zirconia - Naomi Muirhead © 2011
Madagascar Ebony, Sterling, and Cubic Zirconia - Naomi Muirhead © 2011

 

Contemporary knuckle ring - Naomi Muirhead © 2011
Contemporary knuckle ring - Naomi Muirhead © 2011

 

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