Cycles Ring by Verda Alaton

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Cycles

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Ring

INSPIRATION:
This ring is inspired by the Touareg amulets called Khomissar used in Western Africa. Women wear these talismans around their neck as a symbol of protection or to promote fertility. Traditionally it is handed down from mother to daughter. The design is an interpretation of these tribal talismans, expressed in a contemporary form.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The concept brings together the idea of constant transformation and change. Traditions passing down through generations, represented through infinite cycles and motion. This silver ring is fully square and dynamic. Five square plates are movable; therefor the ring can be shaped according to the geometry the wearer would like to see on her hand. The ring part symbolizes the palm, and the movable plates, the fingers.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The plates are connected to each other with a hidden screw from the center of the ring, connecting them, but also allowing them to easily turn without scratching each other. The ring can be worn with all plates fully open, partially or fully closed. Each position therefor becomes a new design, a new expression, a new ring.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
December 2013 – June 2014 İstanbul Turkey

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The ring is fully hand crafted using 925-carat silver. The ring is composed of a main ring body and five square plates connected to each other with a central hidden screw.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Ring: 2cm Width x 2cm Depth x 2cm Height. Plates: 2cm x 2cm Color: Polished silver

TAGS:
Jewelry, Silver, Ring, Contemporary, Talisman, Design, Verda, Alton, Tohum, Design

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Research is a culmination of personal trips taken to West Africa, tribal artifacts collected and nomadic cultures studied for many years.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge of the design was to stabilize the screw and place it in a way all plates move with a reasonable force applied from the sides, not too tight and not too loose, in a balanced way.

ADDED DATE:
2015-02-23 22:48:27

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Verda Alaton

IMAGE CREDITS:
3D Modelling by Mrs. Ayse Teke Mingu

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Tohum Design

PROFILE:
Verda Alaton has created Tohum out of her lifelong passion for natural beauty. Born into an artistic family in Istanbul, she fell in love with far away lands and primitive cultures from an early age, and has studied their art for many years. As a designer, Verda Alaton has found her inspiration in the simple beauty of ethnic arts, particularly native adornment which combines natural forms with powerful expression. Discovering their uninhibited relationship with nature has been a big influence on her work. During the five years she spent in New York, she worked with African art experts and started collecting tribal artifacts and accessories while working on her first design ideas. In 2008, she launched Tohum to bring to life her unique perspective with a passionate belief in simplicity and expressiveness. A devoted traveller to all corners of the world, she continuously collects original pieces for her designs and finds new sources of inspiration for her future creations.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Cycles Ring by Verda Alaton is a Nominee in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Cycles Ring by Verda Alaton is Winner in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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