Heart Ring Accessory

Jewelry Design Award Winner.
Awarded Golden for Good Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design.

Heart Ring Accessory
by Ellen Zhu

  • Awarded April 15, 2017
  • CLIENT: Ellen Zhu
  • 2.107

There's an old say in Chinese "Men's ten fingers are linked to the heart", which shows the intimate connection between the fingers and heart. This design is a set of stackable rings, inspired by Chinese Characters that contain the word "heart" as its radical. The rings can be combined into different Chinese characters according to the wearer's mood and feelings. Through this work the designer wish people no matter where they are from, what language they speak can all enjoy the beauty of Chinese Characters.

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Heart Ring Accessory

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Heart Ring Accessory

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Heart Ring Accessory

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Ellen Zhu

Designer of Heart Ring Accessory


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Interview with Ellen Zhu on Heart Ring Accessory

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
This design is a set of stackable rings inspired by Chinese Characters that contain the word "heart" as its radical. Rings have always been provided with symbolic meanings since ancient time. There's an old say in Chinese "Men's ten fingers are linked to the heart", this shows the intimate connection between the fingers and "heart".
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
Designed a set of stackable rings inspired by Chinese Characters that contain the word “heart” as its radical. The rings can be combined into different Chinese characters according to the wearer's mood and feelings. So no matter where people are from, what language they speak can all enjoy the beauty of Chinese Character.
What are your future plans for this award winning design?
I would like to further develop it, because I think the work has a great malleability, can be extension into a range of interesting design.
What made you design this particular type of work?
Experience an interactive method for people to play with Chinese characters.
What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
The biggest challenge of this project was how to design Chinese character into a much more interesting form, as it is one of the most difficult but beautiful characters, I wish more people can have the chance to come into contact with it. Therefore I thought to integrate it with everyday object will be a simple and effective way, ultimately I decide to use ring as the main body, because ring is one of the most common accessory in everyone‘s daily life and have really close physical connection with human. To let the final work become more interesting and functional, I designed a range of stackable rings, to allow people to interact with the design.

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