Christopher Gerber | Star Rise, Star Fall

Artist: Christopher Gerber, Washington - CHAMPION 2024!
Materials: sterling silver, cz (ring) - brass, wood, sterling silver, felt (base)
Size: 9.25

Artist Statement: So much of the natural world fascinates me, but the night sky is far and away what leaves me most in awe. As the passing of the day drapes the forests and mountains in shadows, the enchanting and silent movement of the sky overhead always brings about the strongest sense of wonder. Echoing this movement in this ring, a gentle brush of your finger will bring the shimmering stars into view. As these points twinkle and arc across the sky, another brush of your finger whisks them away, off to hide behind the landscape until you once again feel the desire to sink into the heavens and let your mind wander in the cosmos. Nestled within a stack of hand-cut and engraved layers, the stars are but one piece in the simple yet complex landscape.
A matched stand offers a modest home for the ring when not being worn. Its' warm hues and soft textures compliment the cool, crisp aspects of the ring itself, and offering another reference to how simple, yet complex, the world around us really is.

Artist Bio: Christopher Gerber is a bench jeweler and maker practicing in Wenatchee, WA. The wild spaces of the PNW have always served as a source of inspiration and motivation to Christopher, both in and out of the studio. As always, he loves pizza and long strolls through the woods, picking up rocks in the mountains, petting moss, and exploring the paths that look like they've been long forgotten.

This ring was part of Battle of the Rings: Ring Smackdown 2024, an online exhibition and competition. View the entire collection HERE, view the matches HERE, and learn more HERE.