Research Into The Art – Karl Fritsch

There a are a few peices that really stand out to me and cannot really descide which to persue further.

Karl Fritsch – Screw Ring 2010 (silver, mild steel, brass)
Nel  Linssen – Bracelet and Necklace (Coated paper, elastic thread)

Atelier Ted Noten – ‘100 Pieces’, Mercedes-Benz E-Class 210 (Mercedes-Benz body parts) + (chew your own brooch – gold plated silver, chewing gum)


Anni Albers – Strainer and Paper Clips Jewelry Kit (hardware shop mats)
Blanche Tilden – Speed (glass, titanium, anodised aluminium)
Tobias Alm – 11th series number 12 (wood, shellac, steel)
Kiko Gianocca – Who am I? (gold, sterling silver, polyurerthane resin)



Karl Fritsch –

German jeweller Karl Fritsch is a cult jewellery icon and the maker of the most covetable rings in the world. Now residing in New Zealand, Fritsch uses gold, silver and precious stones to make pieces that seem to have been unearthed from some distant, romantic era… but the imaginary ravages of time and entropy have left these rings more fascinating, more compelling and more desirable than ever.

“I´m fascinated by jewellery and by the fact that every person owns and wears ornaments of one kind or another. This universality impresses me and stimulates me to make jewellery which I would like to see people wearing. Those people could be my aunts or anyone else.”

Karl Fritsch’s ring is autobiographical. He was building a house when he put together a cluster of nails and screws.

“There is always a reason to make a ring. But I can also make a ring without a reason.”


Karl Fritsch has been primarily making rings since 1992, apart from an occasional other piece of jewellery in between. He works on dozens of rings simultaneously, moving between them, starting a new ring whenever a fresh idea appears.

Fritsch likes the format, the ability to try a ring on and see it immediately as he is working on it. “It’s made with your hands and worn on your hands,” he says. “It’s so close to how it’s produced.”

The jewellery in Rings Without End is some of Fritsch’s newest work, espousing his playful and idiosyncratic approach to his materials. Rusty steel nails embrace a garnet in one ring, while in others jewels are embedded deep within the silver or gold, at times almost engulfed, compelling us to look and look again. The audacious concept of combining the provocatively unorthodox with traditional skills associated with jewellery history, the precious with the found, is central to Fritsch’s jewellery practice. Fritsch is interested in this juxtaposition of the prized and the prosaic, complicating our notion of the ring.


A reflection of how he works, this ring was made when he was building a house and put together a cluster of nails and screws.

This collection of found objects have been  weathered to look like they had been in the ground a long time, or had infact jsut been felt in the building site for a while. Arranged in silver with the appearance that its simply a handfull of nails and screws from the ground scooped up. This is then attached to a steel looking ring via the silver. The steel ring itself may also be recycled as it looks like a piece of pipe. But for practical reasons, its proberly a properly sized ring of steel.

Techniques and Processess used to make

From my research, i found that Karl lieks to work on several pieces at a time, swapping between them when insperation hits. His techniques involve a good eye for ideas and a knowledge of jewellery.

Original use of Materials

Building materials for a house, steel pipe, dropped or left on the ground during construction.

How treated / transformed

It does not look like it has been treated much at all, perhaps purposly weathered and rusted, which would have been likely cleaned up for comfort. Joined using silver as a bonding material.


Karl Fritsch. They go beyond jewelry, they break the rules. I love the roughness of the piece, looks as if it simply a handful of debris from a building site. Making use of dropped or lost materials to make a piece of jewellery from recycled pieces. The value of this piece comes from the idea behind it. Usin unconventional materals disgarded to invoke memorys of feelings. In this case Karl building a house.

My one critisism of the piece is the use of silver, while it adds monetry value, i feel that this aspect of it propels it away from it concept and tries to add material value of silver.

This piece came under the section of Second Life



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