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Interlocking Ring Set

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PRODUCT STORY
Working from my home studio, I create modern jewelry with a vintage feel. Striving to find a balance between the industrial and the organic, my jewelry is sometimes feminine, sometimes edgy, but always unique.

Protecting the environment is an issue that is very important to me. All of the sheet and wire used in my work is made up of 100% recycled silver. Additionally, I have chosen non-toxic, environmentally friendly alternatives for use in the studio - citric acid pickle, bio-degradable flux and lead-free enamels. Little things make a big difference!

I do all of my own casting in-house, using only locally sourced, recycled sterling silver. I love casting and I especially love finding fun, interesting items to cast.
MATERIALS
recycled sterling silver
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Shannon Conrad
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Julia, Community Organizer

September 06, 2011 10:01:39 AM

Shannon Conrad's interlocking ring set is a semi-finalist in the Uncommon Jewelry Design Challenge. Let us know what you think of her creative work, and if she should move onto the final round!

kerry
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September 06, 2011 01:02:35 PM

This is such a unique idea and design. I love that the artist is Eco-friendly, designs and casts her own work. I hope she moves on to the final round.

Ruthie
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September 06, 2011 01:46:09 PM

amazing ring set - such a great idea and so beautifully made!

David
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September 06, 2011 02:18:30 PM

Lego's?

Inbar
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September 06, 2011 03:18:02 PM

Stunning !!!

Amy
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September 06, 2011 03:40:04 PM

Do you get 2 rings with this item?

kim
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September 06, 2011 03:40:08 PM

LEGOs!!!!!!!!

Kelli
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September 06, 2011 04:09:18 PM

Interesting I am more on the line on this one. I love that the artist used Eco Friendly material yet at the same time it reminds me in a way of those necklaces and rings you bought in elementary and middle school the broken hearts etc that you gave your significant other or BFF. I think the price is a bit high on this for it to be what it is.

Shannon
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September 06, 2011 04:14:11 PM

@Amy... Yes! Both rings are sold together as a set - one for you and one for someone special? They also have been carefully formed so that they fit together.

Tabula rasa
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September 06, 2011 04:22:37 PM

There's nothing "uncommon" to casting other designers work and calling it your own, unfortunately. While I love Rubygirls own designs the Leggo pieces kinda bother me. Besides already being done since the 80's...

Rebecca
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September 06, 2011 04:24:54 PM

I love this design!! Thumbs up here.

Jennifer
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September 06, 2011 04:44:00 PM

Wonder Twin powers... activate!

LJ
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September 06, 2011 05:28:13 PM

I LOVE these rings... the price is a little steep ($150 for the set, so $75 apiece?), but they remind me of the Wonder Twins cartoon I watched as a kid!

markaplan
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September 06, 2011 07:55:23 PM

primo !!! my all-time fav piece, truly iconic...

Shannon
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September 06, 2011 08:01:47 PM

Thanks for the feedback, everyone! I really appreciate all of the comments.@Tubula... I am sorry you don't like these pieces as much as my other work. One of my favorite things about being a metalsmith is that it allows me to be experimental. I love to take "common" objects and make them "uncommon" by changing the way people look at them. I hope these rings do that.

Deborah
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September 06, 2011 08:50:11 PM

Two thumbs up!! Classic lego's never get old and I love the patina!

Donna
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September 06, 2011 10:32:41 PM

Really cute idea for pre-teen to young adults. In view of that, maybe the price should be adjusted to align with the age group's pocketbooks. Nice work!

Sheila
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September 06, 2011 11:00:05 PM

While these rings would not be my first choice ... I love that she uses recycled silver and makes her own castings. The rings have a real industrial feel.

Jade
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September 06, 2011 11:16:58 PM

Cute, but it feels like it's missing something... just my opinion

Kat
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September 07, 2011 12:27:52 AM

Love the Eco-friendliness, but the design is not unusual IMO. Also, I don't really get the concept of interlocking rings.

Konstanze
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September 07, 2011 12:34:32 AM

Great idea! Simple but unique and with a story behind it. Love these rings.

Julie
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September 07, 2011 12:39:28 AM

So fun, and great craftsmanship!

Sarah
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September 07, 2011 01:23:42 AM

I love this! But it seems too expensive for me!

Teena
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September 07, 2011 01:55:33 AM

Love the idea but way to high for sterling silver rings

kira
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September 07, 2011 02:01:41 AM

So fun, beautifully made! Definitely thumbs up!

Virginie
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September 07, 2011 09:05:58 AM

Love those rings. Price is totally appropriate for 2 sterling silver rings!

Allyson
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September 07, 2011 09:50:12 AM

Clever!

Erin
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September 07, 2011 10:36:50 AM

Cool! Sort of a Wonder Twins vibe about it.

Sarah
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September 07, 2011 11:12:04 AM

Love them! I really do not understand people's comments about expense..on this item and others in the contest. Remember, UG is getting at least 50% not more of that price. That really does not leave much for the artist once you subtract materials (in this case silver at $40/oz) and their time and overhead. All of thee objects are made in the USA with our artists! Not an import made by someone earning $2 a day!

Wowzers

September 07, 2011 11:50:08 AM

The successful artists charge for their creation. That includes the materials, their time, their IDEA.And you know what, the fact that not everyone can afford it makes it worth more too. Who wants to wear the same thing as everyone else? Think Catholic school uniform.

ruby
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September 07, 2011 12:14:04 PM

I completely disagree with those who think this set is expensive. At the rate that silver is going up $150 for two rings is very reasonably priced. Keeping in mind that the site takes a percentage I think the artist would be justified to raise her prices. Sterling silver is no longer the 'cheap' material people seem to think it is.

Linda
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September 07, 2011 01:03:56 PM

Very unique! Love them!

Chanin
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September 07, 2011 01:19:58 PM

I love these rings! Very clever and original. @Lisa - So many positive comments that your ultra-negative rant stands out. Copyright does not apply in the case of art like this. Ever heard of Andy Warhol? Art often draws from the mundane to help us reinvision the world around us. Lighten up!

Angela
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September 07, 2011 01:49:28 PM

I love this, it's so cute! Like a grown-up version of Best Friends necklaces! But I have a feeling like I've seen it somewhere before.

Cortney
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September 07, 2011 03:00:27 PM

I love it- but it's a little expensive for me.

cel
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September 07, 2011 06:07:13 PM

I love that they interlock like lego, and that the artist is Eco friendly

Tara
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September 07, 2011 06:55:45 PM

Cute set!!

Kelly
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September 07, 2011 09:42:15 PM

I love the "outie" ring. Not crazy about the "innie" ring. Cute idea and you could go a step further by making a woman and man ring set. This is cute though.

Diane
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September 07, 2011 11:22:36 PM

Little bit pricy

Heather
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September 08, 2011 01:55:39 PM

COOL!

Rebecca
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September 08, 2011 05:53:14 PM

I would pay the price for them. I think they are quite reasonable.

Lisa
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September 08, 2011 08:51:06 PM

this is something that is cope righted elsewhere so no way they could ever sell it here. you would get sued. Something of your own design would be better

Shannon
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September 08, 2011 09:40:38 PM

@Lisa... If you are talking about small plastic bricks that fit together, that design is not copyrighted. If you are talking about those bricks cast in silver and sold in a ring set that fits together - this is absolutely my original design. If you have seen them elsewhere, those were mine, too.

alisa
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September 09, 2011 08:47:31 PM

love them!

elena
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September 09, 2011 09:45:07 PM

Very cute, but definitely does not seem to be worth a price as high as the one listed...

Shannon
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September 09, 2011 10:34:34 PM

Hi and thanks so much for all of your votes and feedback! It is really appreciated. I do want to address the issue of price... The $150.00 is for both rings in the set. So you do get two pieces for that price. The price of silver has skyrocketed over the last year. It is not the inexpensive metal it once was. Additionally, these are 100% made by hand. I try my best to keep my prices low, but I also believe even artists should be paid a living wage.

Pamela
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September 09, 2011 10:44:56 PM

no such thing as recycled silver IT IS MINED to start with, damage done. I'm sick of jewelers trying to cash in on some sort of eco-friendly fad. How many things would you personally put in your mouth in your studio.... thats what i thought.

Shannon
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September 09, 2011 11:40:37 PM

@Pamela... I respectfully disagree.Convert (waste) into reusable material2.Return (material) to a previous stage in a cyclic process3.Use againThe silver used for these rings is 100% recycled. I buy it at a local refinery. On any given day, you can go there and see people lined up to sell their silver scrap and/or old jewelry, silverware, etc. The refinery re-alloys it to .925 (sterling) silver. I can't help that the silver was once mined, but I can work hard to ensure that I am ethical in my business prctices and in no way contribute to NEW mining.I work very hard to be ethical and conscious in my choices and have done so since before there was a bandwagon to jump on. No cashing in here, just working hard to make sure my business echoes my personal values.

Shannon
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September 10, 2011 12:12:55 AM

Sorry about all of the wonky symbols in my previous post. I don't know what exactly happened there!

ciara
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September 10, 2011 11:40:49 AM

We can save the environment and be pretty! Woohoo! The price is sort of steep, but they're cute!

markaplan
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September 10, 2011 05:40:38 PM

!!! super design !!!

Heidi
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September 10, 2011 07:33:27 PM

Just don't see the appeal...

MIRIAM
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September 10, 2011 10:40:14 PM

The prices on these items that are up for voting are WAY to high.

Kimmy
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September 11, 2011 12:20:59 AM

A bit expensive for a set of rings. Nice idea though.

Nancy
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September 11, 2011 12:29:04 AM

Weird but clever

Elinore
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September 11, 2011 09:15:53 PM

I definitely love these as like a best friend gift or maybe even as like a promise ring.

Alana
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September 12, 2011 10:30:33 PM

It's WAY too much for those!!!

Lola

September 13, 2011 01:23:30 AM

How is melting a Lego environmentally friendly? The fumes from melting plastic are very toxic. If you did something more than just cast a Lego it would be unique, but really it's just a silver Lego. Meh.

Frieda
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September 14, 2011 02:41:35 AM

What a cute idea!

Sue
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September 14, 2011 10:53:55 AM

I like the idea. I wouldn't buy it because it's expensive, but for a new couple, it's a cute idea.

Lisa
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September 14, 2011 01:24:03 PM

yes, Lego's are copy righted, I'd like to see proof that they are not ! They have been since I was small 50 years ago Just put in Lego's copyright in to the search and it will come right up on their web site. Sheesh, making a ring out of their design doesn't now make it yours !

Shannon
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September 14, 2011 04:10:22 PM

Thanks for all of your feedback! @Lisa... LEGO bricks are not covered by copyright. Words and images on their website would be protected by copyright law, but the shape of the bricks themselves are not. At one time they were patented, but the patent expired in 1988.

Michelle
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September 15, 2011 03:26:18 AM

Wonder twins activate !!!

Tess
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September 16, 2011 01:39:57 PM

Great design at a very reasonable price! I love them!

Shelby
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September 18, 2011 06:06:07 PM

cute twist on an old idea

Kelly
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September 19, 2011 05:43:53 AM

I like the energy behind recycling, the rings themselves are ok...the price is too high.

Dana
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September 19, 2011 06:31:52 PM

I've seen Lego versions that were cheaper and more fun.

Jacqueline

September 22, 2011 12:39:49 PM

This is very cool. I think it's a cool gift to give a significant other who doesn't like mushy stuff. I would buy this although the price is a bit high.

savannah

September 30, 2011 12:40:30 AM

i think others would've voted this up if it was pried lower.

Katie

October 04, 2011 09:06:25 PM

i really like these rings, its totally somethhing my friends and i would wear together

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