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A Collection of ‘Red HerRings’

A Little Word Play

Red herrings: I quite like words, I like word play even more.
This is a re-visitation of an old project – in fact it was the project I set myself for my final year at university.

The source of my inspiration is the dictionary. I have been through my copy with a fine toothed comb and collected all the words I can find with the word ‘ring’ in it somewhere. Firing, remebering, enduring and hard-of-hearing are a few examples. I’m working on fabricating a range of words into rings to be worn. Check back for updates and to see how I have interpenetrated the words I choose.

Here are some that I have already created;

Tiring    Remembering    Heartstrings    Hard-of-hearing     Enduring    Firing    Entering/Injuring

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EnteRing, InjuRing & RecoveRing.

Narrative Jewelry Chapter 1: EnteRing (entering) / InjuRing (injuring)

This ring has two names, because they both fit the story for this tongue in cheek creation. Mounted on the silver band is a very non-precious stone, in fact it was a part of the road up until the point that my boyfriend launched himself onto it from the seat of his motorbike. At this point the stone entered and injured his arm (and stayed there for longer than advisable).

The silver band has a scratched/damaged look – much like the motorbike did after said incident.


1. to come or go into (a particular place) he entered the room,


vb (-juring, -jured)
1. to hurt physically or mentally,
2. to do wrong to (a person), esp. by an injustice, the injured party,
3. to damage, an opportunity to injure your reputation…*

Narrative Jewelry Chapter 2: RecoveRing (recovering)

As I mentioned above, the stone lingered, resulting in a minor hospital visit and a short course of antibiotics. Hence: recovering. And he is fine by the way!


1. (of a person) to regain health, spirits, or composure,
2. to regain a former and better condition…*

See other Red HerRings;

Tiring  Remembering  Heartstrings  Hard-of-hearing  Enduring  Firing  

*Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins

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Nature did most of the work for me on this ring. Made from sterling silver, a tulip and a little time. Just conceptual really but it fits the description.

–verb (used without object)
to shrivel; fade; decay: The grapes had withered on the vine.
to lose the freshness of youth, as from age (often fol. by away ).
–verb (used with object)
to make flaccid, shrunken, or dry, as from loss of moisture; cause to lose freshness, bloom, vigor, etc.: The drought withered the buds. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011.

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Each side of this ring is enduring the other. With an equal number of nails pushed through and pressing against the top and bottom of the ring it really is a test of endurance. The two ring parts are made from sterling silver and the nails are made from copper. In this image I left the nails with an oxidized finish. I like the balance of the clean white silver, and the rusty looking nails that must be endured.

Enduring. Sterling silver and copper. 2011

enduring [?n?dj??r??]
1. permanent; lasting
2. having forbearance; long-suffering

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003