Cabochon Ruby Spiral Ring by Alexander Calder

  • A masterwork in a rare medium, this gold ring was made by Alexander Calder
  • Renowned for his sculptural mobiles, Calder was also a renowned jewelry designer
  • This 18K gold spiral ring features cabochon rubies totaling approximately 15.00 carats
  • Made for a close family friend, it is exemplary of Calder's artistic genius
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It was in the field of play he was most at home and most fully alive: play with shapes, colors, lines, movement, forms. – James Johnson Sweeney

A masterwork in a rare medium, this gold ring by the 20th-century legend Alexander Calder is an engaging jubilee of gemstones, movement and form. Most often remembered for his revolutionary sculptural mobiles, Calder was also interested in jewelry design. He viewed his jewelry as a natural extension of his mobiles and sculptural masterpieces in their own right. This ring beautifully illustrates his enchantment with both geometric shapes and dynamic movement, perfectly communicating his artistic ideals. Hand-crafted of 18K gold and inset with twelve cabochon rubies, the ring displays the same graceful whimsy of Calder’s hanging sculptural mobiles. 

Calder specially made the ring for the son of his close friend Albert Fink Milton, who was his neighbor in Connecticut and an important financial executive in his own right. His son, Albert Fenner Milton, became engaged to Catherine Higgs in 1964; to commemorate the occasion, Calder offered to create a one-of-a-kind engagement ring for the bride-to-be. Using roughly 15 total carats of cabochon rubies from a Milton family heirloom, Calder created the present ring, which remained in the Higgs-Milton family until now.

Best known for introducing a new idiom into the modern narrative - sculptural mobiles – Calder is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Today, his works can be found in public and private collections worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) and the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.). Important public commissions by the artist can also be seen in cities throughout the world, and his remarkable oeuvre has been the subject of hundreds of museum exhibitions, including a 2008 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (New York) devoted solely to his jewelry.

This important ring is accompanied by a newspaper clipping featuring Catherine Higgs Milton wearing the jewelry creation.

Circa 1964
Cabochon Ruby Spiral Ring by Alexander Calder
Period: 20th Century
Origin: America
Type: Rings

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