show me your stack : lauren spencer king

Unruly Things / Show Me Your Stack :: Lauren Spencer King

today’s stack comes from Lauren Spencer King.  Lauren is a multi-talented artist {she painted all the watercolor elements here on UT!} and a wonderful gal.  she writes the blog The Sphinx and the Milkyway where she shares beautiful inspirations.  here’s what she has to say about her stack and it’s truly quite moving…

These rings are very meaningful to me. I wear them as reminders, as celebrations, as mementos. Each one is added to represent a person or a moment in my life that needs to be marked and remembered. Years ago I never wore jewelry, ever. And now I am someone who treasures it, what it means, and why I have it. I never take these rings off. I imagine some day, if I keep this tradition up, my fingers will be full!

The stack started in 2008 with the two hammered gold bands on my left middle finger. My mum was a silversmith and made them years before. When my grandfather died she inherited some gold coins from him. He was a banker, and wasn’t ever understating or supportive of my mum as an artist. She cut up two of the coins and made them into rings, one for me, and one for her. On the inside you can still see some of the stampings from the original coins. I think there was something about the reclamation of this material that was really symbolic for her at the time, which I think is really beautiful. When she died I started wearing both together. They are among my most treasured possessions.

In 2009 while going through my mum’s safe I found the thin gold band on my right ring finger. I’m guessing it was a wedding band that had been sized up, it might have been my grandmother’s or my great grandmother’s. I wear it now for both of them.

I wanted to celebrate my graduation from grad school in the Spring of 2011. The day after graduation I went and picked out the opal ring. The opal’s symbolic meaning was so representative of my experience during grad school, and I wanted it to serve as a reminder of that accomplishment.

In the fall of 2012 my heart went through a huge transformation. I wanted to mark the moment when I let go and embarked on a new life long journey to rediscover what my definition of love is. The ourbooros is one of my favorite images, it is an ancient symbol of the snake eating its own tail. It is about being in an endless cycle of transformation and renewal, it is also a symbol of eternity.

That year for the holidays my dad surprised me with the rings on both my pinkies. One designed by a friend, and the other with a diamond and a sharks tooth.

The ring on my right index finger is one my mum made many moon’s ago. It is one of my favorites, she was so talented and original. I love that it is like a little sculpture and also like a collage. It’s gold and silver with an emerald. This ring makes me so happy.

This past spring I finally sold my mum’s home. It was a huge letting go, both physically and emotionally, and I did it all on my own. I wanted something to remind me of what I am capable of and that I carry with me the energy of that home where ever I am. At the time I ended up rediscovering this ring that my mum used to wear. It is a raw diamond, and a cut diamond. And it seemed to perfectly sum up the experience. I wear it on my left ring finger.

Recently, I have been wearing my mum’s replacement wedding ring on my right ring finger. She repurposed the stones from her original one that my dad bought for her in England when they lived there. Every time I take this ring off I just get a feeling that I need to put it back on. It’s not really my style, but I think for some reason I need to be wearing it right now, so I am. Maybe it is a place holder, and a sign that soon I will have a wedding ring of my own.

Left Hand: Claw Ring by Eva Fehren, opal ring from Arp in Los Angeles, my mum’s double diamond ring, two gold bands made by my mum. Right Hand: Emerald ring made by my mum, thin rose gold band from OK in Los Angeles, gold snake ring from Otte in New York, mum’s diamond wedding band, gold family wedding band, shark tooth ring by Dezso

just perfect, right?  and what jewelry should be – meaningful.  thanks so much, Lauren!

3 Responses to “show me your stack : lauren spencer king”

  1. WSAKE said:

    to me as a jewellery maker, those stories are so wonderful… it´s so beautiful to be able to create things with so much meaning, arming people a bit for life. and her rings are really stunning – as ist her work:)!

  2. lauren said:

    thank you so much Alyson for letting me write about the stories of my stack ; )

  3. Kristy said:

    such beautiful stories. this is why I love jewelry. the designs only carry you so far–it’s the sentimentality behind them that makes them precious.