Anna Newell | Filix Femina

Artist: Anna Newell, Ohio
Materials: silver, brass, kyanite
Size: 7

Artist Statement: Filix Femina - the scientific name for Lady Fern. This knuckle ring features handsawn and textured lady ferns, two textured bands, mossy green kyanite, and brass accents. This ring is made to move with you. Brass rivets acting as a hinge at the knuckle allow the wearer to bend their finger and close their fist. The bands are open and adjustable and best fit sizes 6-8.

Artist Bio: Hi, friends! I’m Anna, the metalsmith behind Sable Stone - a self-taught, one woman run business based in northwest Ohio, where a love for rocks, fairytales, flora + fauna, and all things outdoors was cultivated early on. After completing a degree in Soil Science and a few stints on sustainable farms across the country I found myself in Montana, where I worked as a hydrological/fisheries/soils technician for 5 years. The off seasons were dedicated to learning how to work with metal.

I’ve never been a fan of traditional jewelry - I’ve always preferred a rougher, natural, not-so-perfect look. When I was younger, I’d adorn myself with things found in the woods, the field, or on the beach, coming home with pockets full of rocks more often than not. Shark teeth necklaces and feather earrings were among the staples. Sable Stone is an evolution of that style - organic, dark, inspired by nature’s subtle imperfections, but still pretty and whimsical.

This ring was part of Battle of the Rings: Ring Smackdown 2023, an online exhibition and competition. View the entire collection HERE, view the matches HERE, and learn more HERE.