il regalo: new tintype ring

Finding the right composition
Finding the right composition

With this tintype ring, I chose to focus in on the hands holding a book or keepsake. “il Regalo” is fabricated of sterling silver with a liver of sulfur patina, 18k gold rivets, and a found antique tintype photo. It resembles Victorian mourning jewelry and seeks to remember a gift from an anonymous person. The photo has so many potential stories to tell. I like that an image of hands is worn on the hand, and that the photograph itself is printed on metal, making it very tactile and subject to rust damage as seen on the top left corner.

Naomi Muirhead, "il Regalo" ring, sterling silver, 18k gold, antique tintype photo, 2015
Naomi Muirhead, “il Regalo” ring, sterling silver, 18k gold, antique tintype photo, 2015
View of the underside of the ring (with art925 logo stamp)
View of the underside of the ring (with art925 logo stamp)

See other pieces in this series:

padre e figlio and virtue: new tintype jewelry

the four elements: new tintype brooch

giotto’s angel: new tintype pendant

old tintypes, new jewelry

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