Stephen Webster’s “Seven Deadly Sins” ring collection

LUST, SLOTH, WRATH, GREED, GLUTTONY, PRIDE, ENVY…

Historically, the seven deadly sins, also known as the ‘capital vices’ or ‘cardinal sins’, were used to educate and instruct the religious on the fall of man and humanity’s inescapable penchant for sin. The seven deadly sins were thought to be the origin of all other sin.

The Catholic doctrine of fear imposed by sin’s Seven Deadly was appropriated by artists and has since  been pop-culturalised into paint, pencil, film, words, music, mass murder (depending on your perception of art of course) and jewellery. Artists have used the sins to moralise, to rationalise and to propagandise but none has offered quite so ironic an interpretation as jewellery designer Stephen Webster.

What better way to acknowledge one’s innate sinfulness than to adorn oneself in debauchery.  Stephen Webster has imagined into being a stunning ring collection that basks in the hedonism instigated by the deadliest of all sin. Using the literal, the metaphoric and the idiomatic, Webster’s rings encourage the wearer to indulge in sinful pleasures with unashamed decadence. The delicate exquisiteness of the “seven deadly sins” ring collection alludes to the actuality of an acute imagination and talent for awe-inspiring craftsmanship. Webster’s art beautifies that which is ugly; it makes magnificent that which is shunned. It’s social commentary worn with a bold sense of blasphemous burlesque.

Immerse yourself in the splendour:

LUSTA desire that burns, inciting desperate hands to grasp gratuitously. (18ct White Gold Ring, pave set with White Diamonds and Tanzanite.)

SLOTHA plush pink pillow of passivity absorbs wasted talents and gifts. (18ct Yellow Gold Ring, pave set with White Diamonds, Blue Topaz and Enamel Inlay.)

WRATHRed rage is offered in a guise by the hand that provokes the spark. 18ct Rose Gold Ring, set with White Diamonds, Rubies and Red Garnet.

GREEDFor the love of money is the root of all evil. 18ct Yellow Gold Ring, pave set with White Diamonds.

GLUTTONYIn its gaping glory the gargantuan mouth remains unsatisfied. 18ct White Gold Ring, pave set with Rubies, White Agate Inlay and Fire Opal.

PRIDEThe proud peacock ruffles its royal feathers. Blue Titanium Ring, set with White Diamonds, Pink Sapphires and Amethyst.

ENVYThe green eye of envy is all seeing. (18ct White Gold Ring, pave set with Black and White Diamonds, Tsavorites and Green Tourmaline.)

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