My friend Julian Lamb (Jeweler to the Queen) was kind and generous enough to send me a ring, the better to show off the quality of his work, from his shop, Ruby Crush. And when I say quality, I mean it, he ain’t fuckin’ around.
A truly lovely thing it is – click the images for a bigger view.
This is the last time you’ll see this thing so shiny; soon it’ll take on the look of hard livin’ like the rest of ‘em.
Julian’s site is short on pictures – the ring I have, the jawless skull, isn’t shown; only a gape-jawed lunatic skull that’s pretty cool (Particularly in gold). But I like this one much better than the jawed version. He’s got some decent other stuff stuff (crosses and Fleur De Lis, which I can sorta see Brutha Ray wearing but which are not me), and a couple of utterly bizzaro pieces, a Jimi Hendrix ring and an Elvis ring; both of which I’d love to own but can’t imagine actually wearing, they’re so over-the-top (though actually I’d rather see one of sunglasses-and-mutton-chops 70′s elvis). I’d love to see these in person, they’re awesome work in the photos, the Jimi one particularly.
I have the feeling, though, that Julian, like many jewelers, has a LOT more work that’s not on the site; I’m hoping he’ll get a good gallery up that shows the full range.
This ring Julian sent me is lovely; smaller and a bit more elegant that my other rings, it’s more keith-richards looking that the others. It’s simple, classic, well made without a lot of fuss.
You can’t really see in Julian’s pictures, but this has a lighter, thinner band than my other skulls, so the fit is different. I ordered a size 13 to fit my index finger, basing it on how other rings fit, but with the thinner band I could have gone a 12.5 or even 12. The band is thick, but not wide, so it’s still a substantial piece of silver.
This is a really good ring for a smaller hand, or a smaller finger (though it’s no delicate thing; it’s just a bit smaller than my others.) This is the most elegant skull ring I own.
More pictures below the cut.
The full fist – left to right, my buddy Tony Creed on the pinky (Dammit Tony, I gotta get another piece from you, I need start saving my pennies), that silver company I won’t link to* on the ring finger, Dead Ringer (I love you guys, I wish I could buy more), on the middle finger, and the new one on the index finger.
That’s one hand done, though in fact I don’t wear ‘em like this. I think I need some sorta cool rack to display these on. I’ve got a new ring coming (soon) from a co-worker’s shop, Sinners Inc, and I’m still hoping to lay hands on a CrazyPig ring.
And of course, anyone out there I don’t know about, I’d love to have a sample to review. Talk to me, bruthas.
*if you want more on that un-named shop, I’ll fill you in – they made my clapton skull, but they have a horrible rep for ripping people off and I can’t in good conscience point a link their way ’til they start actually delivering good and answering email.