Tetrahedron Ring

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

Tetrahedron Ring
by Amanda Gerbasi

  • Awarded April 15, 2017
  • CLIENT: KATTRI
  • 1.418

The objective of this design was to integrate the sharp lines of the tetrahedron form to the organic shape of the human finger while still retaining the essence of this geometric shape. This was achieved by creating a complex non-linear geometry that remains simple in appearance. This sharpness was extrapolated by making most complimentary elements of the ring triangular in section, including the green tourmaline at its centre. The result is a visually striking yet ergonomic ring.

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Amanda Gerbasi

Designer of Tetrahedron Ring


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Interview with Amanda Gerbasi on Tetrahedron Ring

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
I like to create volumetric pieces and have a fascination towards using known geometric shapes in an inventive composition.
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
The initial focus was on the shape of the triangle which I wanted to use in as many elements as possible. From the triangle I arrived at the shape of the tetrahedron. I also knew from the beginning I wanted to have a gemstone encapsulated in a cage-like structure. I wanted to achieve a visually striking ring that presented an innovative design.
How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
This ring has been the most time consuming design to date adding to around 50 hours of work.
Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
I just had this image of what I wanted to achieve and felt a really strong impulse to pursue it.
What made you design this particular type of work?
I tend to focus mostly on form and very little on detail. Furthermore, I was also wanting to explore sharp lines and geometric forms.
Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
My life partner is a motor racing designer (aerodynamics engineer) and he is very experienced with designing 3D shapes and tricky geometry. Whenever I get stuck with some technical element of design he is a great help.
Who is the target customer for his design?
The customer for this design is someone with a strong fashion forward aesthetic. Someone looking for something contemporary and unusual.
What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
I believe the cut and setting of the gemstone sets this design apart.
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
I usually stick with the main element or inspiration when naming designs and in this case it is the shape of the tetrahedron which gives the ring its name. In geometry a tetrahedron is triangular pyramid. A polyhedron composed of four triangular faces, six straight edges, and four vertex corners.
Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
Computer aided design software also known as 3D CAD/CAM software.
Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
In the manufacturing I worked with a manufacturer in Brazil who advised my to segment the design in 3 parts so that they could give a perfect finish on the metal by also polishing the inside. The have stone setters that are trained to use laser soldering equipment so that they can set stones in innovative ways such as in this design.
What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
I wanted to use a coloured precious gemstone and I was very limited in choice due to the size and shape of the cut in the form of tetrahedron. I spent a long time and travelled quite far to a small mining city in the heart of Brazil to source the rough of the tourmaline used in this ring.
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
I kept getting specially good reactions and comments in regards to this particular ring and so I thought it was worthy of a design competition.
What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
My three dimensional awareness and my judgment of proportions were put to a lot of use and definitely developed further after designing this ring.

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