It’s about time for a new product.
I’ve been wanting to do something with some stones for quite a while. Yeah, I set stones in the eyes of skull rings on a pretty regular basis, but rings like that are all about the shape of the skull.
I’ve also done a number of full custom pieces that turn the tables on a classic gemstone ring and create a ring around a specific client-selected stone or a stone I’ve gone hunting for. These weren’t a regular part of the line, but instead they were full custom jobs created from scratch. Naturally work like this ain’t cheap.
But what about offering something like this as part of the line? A great, classic men’s ring with a massive gemstone. Something badass, but also very colorful and elegant. Something you’d wear when playfully tying a chick to a railroad track or trying to fry James Bond’s nuts with a laser – yeah, kind of a supervillain ring.
I’m aware there are other gemstone rings on the market. So let’s address that with an absolutely shocking, mind-blowing, totally surprising fact: most of them suck. Yes, just like the classic men’s torque I put out last year, I was and am unable to find an affordable but well-made American gemstone ring. They are all hollow-backed, shitty trinkets with tiny-ass stones that look almost embarrassed to be sticking out of the top of the ring. There are also a metric shit-ton of them that look like they were made in some crappy community-ed jewelry class. You know the kind I’m talking about.
A thin band of sterling silver sloppily soldered on one end with a thin, uneven bezel. This crooked-ass flying saucer-looking thing is then just soldered right on top of the shitty band for one of the shittiest-looking crafty ass pieces of shit you can freakin’ wear. It’s a triumph of absolutely no creative engagement with the shape of the stone and the laziest way to incorporate the mounting with the band.
Luckily there are a small handful of makers out there trying to get people to wear good product and I’m throwing down with a new gemstone ring I’m calling The Gentleman. It’s heavy, solid-backed, comes in sterling or gold, and can be fitted with a variety of 30x22mm oval gemstones from black onyx to tigers eye to mother of pearl.
This is the Lex Luthor ring. The Al Swearengen ring. The Louis Cypher ring. The ring you can wear into a board room that says “I’m a serious professional” but also “I might have dug a hole or two.”
I wanted to make something for the modern gentleman. Wear it with the suit and engraved Rolex or rock it next to a skull ring with a big, raw, chunky silver biker bracelet and your tattoo sleeves. Drop it on a ring finger if you don’t want to scare people, or drop it on your pinky if you do.
That’s gunmetal patina. Yeah. Oh, and of course, if you look on the back of the shank, there are a pair of skulls on either side.
The Gentleman will be available this Fall on http://www.mtmaloney.com and is going to roll at $495 for sterling with shipping included, at least for a little while. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions in the meantime.
And you know what? I’m not done. I’ve got another stone ring coming right behind this one that’s a bit more cowboy. Stay tuned.