Battle of the Rings 2024

Battle of the Rings Vote for your Favorite

Voting begins March 4, 2024 9:00 am Pacific Time

Join us for an in person opening reception Sunday, March 3, 1 - 5pm. RSVP HERE

View the full collection HERE.

See daily matches HERE.


BATTLE of the RINGS, otherwise known as the RING SMACKDOWN, is a head-to-head, tournament style, single-elimination juried competition and virtual event with a top prize of $500: 64 selected by two jurors drafted into teams as selected by the jury and paired into matches for competition.

Matches will be posted daily for exactly 24 hours, to our Instagram story for public vote, March 4-29 at 9:00am PST. Each ring may win up to three points in a single match. One is given to the winner of the Instagram poll, two additional points are given by the jury. The ring with the most points advances to the next round. All selected rings will be posted to our Instagram and FB feed and available to purchase through our online gallery and Danaca Design Gallery Showroom in Seattle. 



One submission per artist 

The ring must be an original design created by submitting artist 

The ring must not exceed 4x4x4 inches 

The ring must fit fingers between sizes US 5-10 

No restriction on the nature of material used or shape within above parameters. 

All selected rings must be available for purchase through Danaca Design Gallery, 50/50 split; for the duration of the tournament. 

All selected rings must be shipped to Danaca Design and the artists will be responsible for return shipping if the ring does not sell. 

The retail price of the ring must not exceed $1,200 

Sliding scale entry fee, pay what you can $15-$30 



Submission Deadline: January 22, 2024 11:59pm PT

Artist Notification Date: January 28, 2024  

Selected Rings Due to Gallery: February 8, 2024 

In-gallery exhibition: March 1-31 

Competition/Show Dates: March 4-29, 2024 

Reception dates: Opening Reception Sunday, February 3, 1-5pm

Jurors: Nicole Ringgold and Ryan Gardner 


Representing Team Shanks: Nicole Ringgold

Nicole Ringgold is a self-taught silversmith living in the North Cascade Mountains in Washington State. She received her BA from Wittenberg University in Sociology and Studio Art, and her MA in Art Therapy from Antioch University.

For 3 years after earning her BA Nicole served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, W. Africa where she met her husband Derek. They chose an intentional lifestyle in which to raise their daughter Cymone, key values including maintaining a small footprint, sustainable gardening, outdoor recreation, and community involvement.

Until 2014 Nicole worked as the director of various non-profit organizations. After losing their home and her art studio to a wildfire in 2014 she resigned from her most recent directorial role and devoted her time to perfecting her skills as a silversmith.

Since 2017 Nicole has taught her self-discovered techniques to over 1000 students both in her personal studio and around the globe.


Representing Team Mandrels: Ryan Gardner

Participation in the arts was always important to me growing up. A strong arts program in high school influenced my decision to pursue a degree in the arts. I chose the arts program at Bowling Green State University in northwest Ohio where I discovered and fell in love with metals. I was introduced to many artists, including Michael Boyd, who became an inspiration for me.

Upon graduation I apprenticed for Michael Boyd at his studio in Colorado. That experience turned into an eight year adventure that continues today. It was with Michael that I learned to work with and manipulate stone, adding a new element to my love of jewelry design.

Since being in Colorado I have started my own business, Ryan Gardner Designs. I now showcase my work in galleries across the country. I love working with combining stone and metal in new ways creating works of art for people to enjoy in their daily lives.