Personal favorite and king of the London Jewelery scene Armand Serra of Crazy Pig Designs has just finished his 1000th design, and wouldn’t you know it, it is a skull ring. Excellent stuff all round, but crucially this is one design that is not going to be available in Japanese shops. An odd move, especially when you consider that about 90 percent of Crazy Pig Designs work is sold in Japan.
On to the ring itself, this time minimalism is key and Armand has stripped the skull back to its raw essentials with almost no hint of patina. Overtime it is going to be interesting to see how this one will weather and whether he will consider some custom models. I can’t help but think this is one look that is begging for engraving – but that just might be from a guy who has been loving the trend for pimping out the skull ring with brass, gold solder, stones, coatings, or just about anything the designer has to hand.
Well I did not want to taunt you with a look you cannot get in Japan so I thought I would point out that Share One’s Faith have had their own minimalist skull for a year or two now.
Sorry Crazy Pig, but I prefer this Japanese one. There is something really menacing about the simplicity of this one especially with that slight forlorn look in its eyes. You really have to admire Share Ones Fate for being so up to speed on every trend that comes along and I really want him to be recognized for being the trailblazer that he is. To my mind he was doing gold solder way before the LA set caught on to it and he is so willing to keep trying new things and really listening to customers custom requests – whether you are a rock-star or civilian.
Overall I can see this trend really catching on and I reckon a year from now every silversmith will have a smooth skull in their line-up. It is a really hard design to get right though, the balancing act between simplicity and impact is one that will truly test a designers abilities. Exciting times indeed.
Let me know which one you prefer in the messages section.