Arch Ring by Yumiko Yoshikawa

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Arch

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Ring

INSPIRATION:
I took my motivation and name for the arch ring from the arch structure. The arch has been used throughout history to bridge two locations. It holds structures like bridges that allow people to travel between cultures and aqueducts that transport life-sustaining water. A rainbow also has an arch shape. The rainbow is a symbol of dreaming. The viewer sits at the beginning of the rainbow and envisions a bright and prosperous future at its end. The drop shape arm was chosen to hold the arch shape for its aesthetic appeal and functionality. I hope that the Arch ring can inspire strength and dreams in the wearer.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Two motifs – an arch shape and a drop shape, are combined to create a single 3 dimensional form. By combining minimal lines and forms and utilizes simple and common motifs, the result is a simple and elegant ring that is bold and playful by providing space that allows energy and rhythm to flow. From different angles the shape of the ring changes – the drop shape is viewed from front angle, the arch shape is viewed from side angle, and a cross is viewed from top angle. This provides stimulation to the wearer.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
It is contemporary and elegant gold jewelry. Wearers are first attracted to the visual impact of the arch and then pleased with the physical fit. The drop shape arm stays on the finger within a managed, open space. The 2 ends of the arch shape top touch the finger at the top point of the circumference. The combination of the arch shape top and the drop shape ring disperses the weight of the ring increasing its wearability. The wearers commonly comment that it is comfortable and feel like getting massaged. By product of design is that people with big knuckle can wear this ring with comfort.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was started in March 2015 in Hong Kong and first version with pearl was completed in July 2015 in ToKyo, and the second version without pearl was completed in April 2016 in Tokyo.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
First a brass trial ring was hand-made to test wearability. Next, the silver master model, based on a paper design, was made by hand and a mold was then taken from it. The 18K gold ring was casted from the mold. In general the Arch ring is sized at the final stage to take account of the pearl size and shape of arch top and drop arm.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Front view width 20 mm x depth 18 mm x height 26 mm (ring size Japanese #13.5)

TAGS:
Jewellery, jewelry, gold, akoya pearls, pearls, diamonds, rings, contemporary, arch, drop, craftsmanship, Japanese design, designer jewelry

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
To overcome the difficulty of forming a ring circle combining an arch shape and a drop shape while maintaining the size and balance of each shape experiments were done with a brass trial ring before silver master sample was created. To achieve wearability, the size of metal, the shapes of motifs and the impact of pearl size needed to be analysed for comfort and durability.

CHALLENGE:
Because of the gap between the top space of the ring and the finger, guidelines for sizing the ring needed to be developed. After the data collection from actual fitting, it has been determined that the ring needs to be made smaller by a certain size to offer the equivalent ring size. The sizing is controlled with the drop shape arm and the meeting point of 2 arch top ends at the top of circumference of circle within a drop shape. For rings with pearls, the touch points are adjusted inward of the circumference to reflect a smaller and smoother surface compared to the metal end version.

ADDED DATE:
2019-02-09 19:48:48

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: photographer Keiichi Sakakura, 2017.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Yumiko Yoshikawa

PROFILE:
Yumiko Yoshikawa started her jewelry design career in 2015. She uses space and lines in delicate, playful, and bold manner. The result is a jewelry with a beautiful rhythm and timeless elegance. Comprised of well-constructed and meticulously selected material, her jewelry fits gently on your skin and stays with you like a gentle embrace.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Arch Ring by Yumiko Yoshikawa is a Nominee in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Arch Ring by Yumiko Yoshikawa is Winner in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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