After one month of grueling competition the final votes are in! Without question the people chose “Secrets Safe with Me” by Karen Keller as the Ring Smackdown 2020 Champion! Congratulations!!
Artist: Karen Keller
Materials: Boulder opal, sterling silver
Size: Fits like a size 7.25-8.5
This hand fabricated flip ring is full of surprises! One side has a galactic boulder opal simply set in a shadow box frame. The second side features a hand sawn beetle. Beetles are symbols of resilience and hard work while boulder opals are believed to bring clarity and emotional security. This piece also contains a ‘secret drawer’…although small, it is meant for any personal keepsake/secret. The last surprise is its versatility. It wears just as beautifully as a pendant as it a does ring!
Hi, I’m Karen! I’ve always had a love for art which led me to get a BFA in Applied Visual Arts. In 2016, I decided to take the leap into silversmithing. I found a local self-taught silversmith and took a 2-day workshop learning the basics. I was hooked! I bought a modest home set up Dec 2016, and have pushed and explored the medium ever since! I have learned so much the last 3yrs by watching and talking to other smiths as well as testing limits on my own. Creating wearable art feeds my soul!