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Architecture Rings Let You Wear Your Beloved Cities Wherever You Go
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Architecture Rings Let You Wear Your Beloved Cities Wherever You Go

Imagine moving your family to a new city every few years. This is what Siberian goldsmith Ola Shekhtman does on a regular basis in order to familiarize herself with a new urban center. Trained in St. Petersburg, she takes the iconic elements of cities like London, Paris, and New York, and turns them into beautiful rings.

While she was training, Shekhtman did everything by hand, in the manner of the old masters. This means that she melted the metal she uses herself, then rolled it, sawed it, and soldered it into its desired shape. Now that Shekhtman lives in the US, she’s switched over to 3D printing! Be sure to check out her Etsy shop to see some of her work, and read our full interview after the pictures.

More info: Etsy | Facebook | Instagram (h/t: mymodernmet)

Paris

London

Washington D. C.

Amsterdam

Hong Kong

New York City

San Francisco

Boston

Stockholm

Edinburgh

Charleston

Berlin

See more beautiful examples of Shektman’s work on Etsy

Keep reading for Bored Panda’s interview with Shektman:

“My story in couple words:

I change where I live often. I was born in Siberia, then relocated to Saint Petersburg, Russia, lived there for 6 years, then with my whole family (my husband, white Persian cat, and turtle) moved to Israel; 2 years ago, we relocated to the USA. We have already lived in Virginia, Maryland, NYC and now we are here in North Carolina. We are thinking about trying California next.

In 2012-2013 I studied goldsmithing in the jewelry school in St.-Petersburg, Russia. I made everything by hand – melting metal, rolling, sawing, soldering, polishing. But when we relocated to the US, I had no tools with me anymore, so I took a few 3D modeling courses in NYC. They gave me full freedom in creation, and now I am able to turn absolutely every one of my dreams into reality.

I always wanted to have a ring for myself with cozy houses around my finger. One day, when I was a goldsmith student, I made such ring as practice and gifted it to my friend. I didn’t forget this idea, it stayed with me the whole time time, and one day in May 2015, I made my first model. It was Paris. I didn’t count on success at all, but made it available on Etsy. Then I added Amsterdam, then New York, and so on.

I often ask myself: who is my customer? I don’t target my city rings on some target audiences, or genders. My customers are of course women from 20-years-old to infinity. Young ladies can’t afford them, unfortunately, but I know a lot of parents who order them as a gift for daughters and nieces. Men also buy a lot as a gifts, and maybe sometimes for themselves. I often receive messages that customer moved to another city/country and miss their homeland, and are glad to have such an everyday reminder. Or some people had a great time/wedding/met each other in some place, and they want to have a ring with that special place that means a lot to them. So I guess I can say that these rings are made for the romantic wanderer.”

Bored Panda would like to thank Shektman for the interview!

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RamonaFriggasdotter
Community Member
6 years ago

Ummh, whoever wrote this article got so many things totally wrong. Did you even read this woman's about page in her Etsy shop? She is SIBERIAN artist, not SERBIAN. Furthermore, her about page clearly says that she did everything by hand back when she was at jewelry school and later got training in 3D modelling. These rings are clearly a result of that training - anyone can see that they are cast, not hand sawn and soldered. Poor writing, better fix that if you want to show some respect to the artist.

DariaB
Community Member
6 years ago

I don't wear rings, but I find this to be a cute idea. And before anyone shouts "where is *insert city name*", give her some time. Maybe soon or later you will find your city too amongst the collections. Or, if you're actually interested in buying these, how about try contacting the artist and ask a request?

NaikaE.
Community Member
6 years ago

You can find contact in Instagram account. @mymodernment

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DeborahvanKampen
Community Member
6 years ago

want one!

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RamonaFriggasdotter
Community Member
6 years ago

Ummh, whoever wrote this article got so many things totally wrong. Did you even read this woman's about page in her Etsy shop? She is SIBERIAN artist, not SERBIAN. Furthermore, her about page clearly says that she did everything by hand back when she was at jewelry school and later got training in 3D modelling. These rings are clearly a result of that training - anyone can see that they are cast, not hand sawn and soldered. Poor writing, better fix that if you want to show some respect to the artist.

DariaB
Community Member
6 years ago

I don't wear rings, but I find this to be a cute idea. And before anyone shouts "where is *insert city name*", give her some time. Maybe soon or later you will find your city too amongst the collections. Or, if you're actually interested in buying these, how about try contacting the artist and ask a request?

NaikaE.
Community Member
6 years ago

You can find contact in Instagram account. @mymodernment

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DeborahvanKampen
Community Member
6 years ago

want one!

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