utena duelist ring
This is definitely not your ordinary class ring. Translating to "Rose Signet," the name of the symbol on this piece is both the seal of the fictional Ohtori Academy and a recurring symbol in Ikuhara Kunihiko's mind-warping anime Revolutionary Girl Utena.
The Morpheus Company designed this replica of protagonist Utena Tenjou's ring for Houston writer (and erstwhile Duelist) Meredith L. Patterson. Special thanks go to artist, armchair-archivist and fellow Dallasite Jacob Haldeman for providing the nearly-impossible-to-locate reference artwork used to produce the piece.
update:A client asked me to create another duelist ring for her, and provided me with a significantly better photograph as a thank you gift. I've updated the image above to reflect the newer signet, and included her words of praise below:
"Occasionally in life you will find yourself waiting in anticipation. Many conversations have taken place, ideas sent back and forth, and yet you still don't have a solid picture of exactly what the artist is creating for you. The idea becomes built up in your head and begin to worry if the finished piece can ever live up to the idea. When the package arrives, and you see the crisp contrast of white gold upon red gold you realize that your idea didn't live up to the reality, and your faith in the artist has been rewarded.
A phenomenal amount of trust is placed in an artist who is asked to make a replica of something from a work of fiction, especially when the replica is more accurately a re-imagining than a duplication. I've had many fans of Shoujo Kakumei Utena tell me that they've long desired to have a Rose Signet similar to the one in the anime, only to change their minds upon seeing mine and declare they want one like this one instead. I think that's the highest possible compliment someone passionate about the source material can give, when one considers the exacting nature of most fans."
14 karat white and red gold, vague copyright violations, and enamel.
Kim Giannola, 2008.