Dangerous Hallucinogen? J Rudy Lewis Says, “Cocktail Ring.”

Datura_wrightii_flowerThis ring–I mean, flower–glows with a cool kind of beautiful danger. It’s proper Latin name is Datura wrightii, and it’s classified as a poisonous, hallucinogenic plant, found in Texas, Arizona–the whole southwest. I like the juxtaposition of its frail, luminous hue and those spikes that drive out of its center. That’s why it would make such a great ring. To my way of thinking.

But I wouldn’t listen to Pink Floyd while designing it. Nick Cave, maybe, or the latest of Tom Waits’ stuff.

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Water Molecule Makes J. Rudy Lewis Think About a Ring

This water molecule makes me think about rings and The Silver Jews.

This water molecule makes me think about rings and The Silver Jews.

This 1940s Japanese photograph of a water molecule is very cool, dark, and texture-y. It makes me think about how I could make a molten-looking, somnolent, really moody ring out of it. It also makes me think about the band The Silver Jews–that great, great line: “And I want to be like water if I can/because water don’t give a damn.” I don’t know why, but it makes sense to me.