if you are a nonconformist and one who loathe mainstream pop culture, then wearing a platinum ring is probably out of question. heck, even a skull ring would probably look way too mainstream to you cos, you know, it is after all, a mainstream symbol of rebellion. in such case, perhaps The “Clamp” Ring by Taiwan-based design studio, Drilling Lab, would suit you best. as the product name kind of implies, the ring draws its inspiration from industrial pipe clamps which usually consists of a flexible ring with open ends, joint by a special screw. well, the ring is pretty much designed in the likeness of such a pipe clamp, except that the ring part is of a solid steel instead of flexible pipe and shaped as such so that it resembles a ring at the same time.
that’s where the beauty of this product shines: you know it draws its inspiration of a pipe clamp, but yet at the same time, you also know that it is a piece of jewelry. designer and founder, Lu-Wei Chen, goes beyond design; he also makes sure that the essence of the unpretentious industrial design is complemented by the same ethos in the manufacturing methods as produced by the traditional factory in Taiwan. the rings, where possible, are intentionally left untreated, thus allowing the casual and rugged touch to be appreciated and also inline with the outfit’s “revealing one’s true self” philosophy, which means the rings are, in most part, devoid of superfluous embellishments.
the “Clamp” ring is offered in three colors: two shades of silver and gold, and available in two versions: Type A and Type B. made out of 316 stainless steel, the former is a two-piece design with an embedded screw, while the latter, has a one-piece construction with an exposed screw. regardless of the Type, each ring is designed to be assembled or dissembled with the screw using the included hex key, which kind makes this piece of jewelry the first in the world that ever needed assembly, if you so choose. the “Clamp” Ring by Drilling Lab is available via enquiry on the company’s website, starting at $90 a pop. go past the fold for a few more look.
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