Ryan Gardner | Carved Amethyst and Black Jade Ring

Artist: Ryan Gardner, Colorado
Materials: 22k gold, 18k gold, sterling silver, amethyst, Edward's black jade, diamonds
Size: 7.5

Artist Statement: Amethyst and Edward's black jade are hand cut and carved by the artist. They are set in a hand fabricated ring of 22K gold, 18K gold, and sterling silver, with diamond accents around the jade.

Artist Bio: 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.

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.