Dana Fear | Pink Opal Pop-Out Ring

Artist: Dana Fear, Michigan
Materials: sterling silver, 18k gold, pink opal
Size: 8 3/4 - 9

Artist Statement: This sophisticated piece of fidget jewelry is designed to be beautiful, playful and interactive. The central beauty in this sterling silver statement ring is the pink opal which conceals ten, 18k gold, sliding wires. These wires delight the observer with a visual and audible display as they slide outward in response to the wearer's natural movements. Let the wires randomly shift as you go about your day, or enjoy the look, feel and sound when needing or wanting somewhere to intentionally focus your attention. All details are thoughtfully considered, as the back even contains a design surprise with a peek-a-boo window for the wires. This provides functional access for keeping the wires clean and sliding freely for a lifetime of enjoyment.

Artist Bio: Dana C. Fear began making jewelry in high school and has a BFA in Metals from Ball State University. She lives in rural, scenic lower northern Michigan with her three kids where she works out of her combined studio and store making her own unique style of kinetic jewelry. Each piece is thoughtfully designed for both adornment and interaction. Her work is best described as sophisticated fidget jewelry, recognizing that fidgeting does not have to equal childishness. As adults we all have stressors and anxieties that need soothed. With an eye for detail and design, Dana's jewelry provides a classy, stylish and unique alternative to pen clicking, finger tapping, hair twirling...etc. While some pieces require intentional interaction to explore their playfulness, the majority of her work is designed to respond to the natural movements of the wearer through sliding wires or teetering components. As the shifts in the kinetic elements take place they produce a visual and audible response that can be both calming and meditative to the wearer.

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.