I’ve been thinking about these Convex/Concave rings recently, and I seem not to be the only one. A sudden flurry of people have been choosing these rings to mark important moments in their lives: weddings and proposals and babies and sometimes multiple babies (which requires multiple rings). Which makes me happy for lots of obvious reasons, but also because of something a bit less obvious.
One piece of advice I hear over and over is that people only want what is new. This means I’m supposed to make a new collection a few times a year. I’m supposed to retire the old designs as soon as possible and move on…
I’m beginning to suspect that this is the kind of advice I should just ignore. It’s not that I don’t love the new. I do. It’s the reason I began this company: I had an urge to create. But the things I want to make are not the kinds of things that I want to move on from and forget. I want them to be lasting.
It’s helpful that I work with materials that last. That gold is not going anywhere. Take a look at some ancient gold and you can see, it just starts looking better.
But mostly it’s the design that I want to last. I try to make rings that I can imagine being worn in a thousand years, that your grandchildren would take out of their box and put right on. And I want it to be a design that you will wear forever, because it feels right and is like a part of you.
So when people come to me and say they want to buy a convex ring for this year’s celebration and are planning on a concave ring for next year’s, I feel like I’ve done something right. Because these rings won’t be about the new for you. They will be about something worth celebrating, and worth remembering. And they should stack up right alongside your accumulation of happy moments.
Ellsworth Kelly, Wild Grape Leaf
Pablo Picasso, La Vigne
Henri Matisse, Feuilles de Figuiers
Agnes Martin found her way to a vacant mind, so that she could be open completely to the inspiration.
Tilda Biehn fine jewelry was founded in 2014 by designer Andrea Lipsky-Karasz. Known for strong, architectural shapes and impeccable craftsmanship, these elegant, modern designs have led women of all ages to begin their Tilda Biehn collections.
Andrea takes inspiration from her creative lineage. The adventurous spirit of her great grandmother Tilda Biehn - a dancer and artist in 19th century Budapest - still resonates through the generations. Tilda’s daughter left Hungary to live in Bolivia, Thailand and Turkey before finally settling in Paris. She became an accomplished jeweler, drawing on the rich jewelry traditions she encountered around the world to inform her own more modernist works. As a child, Andrea played at her grandmother’s jewelry bench, never imagining that she would one day inherit those same tools and use them to create her own designs.
After studying to become a writer, Andrea found that the allure of the jewelry bench was too strong. A Brooklyn native, she worked as a jeweler in New York before moving to Michigan and founding her own line. She takes pride in continuing her family’s tradition by creating works that reflect sculptural traditions from around the world, translated into comfortable and wearable works of art.