MoMA’s RedStart Ring

By Sara S. / Sep. 12, 2014

As jewelry designers, we see every piece we create for our clients as a work of art—but that doesn’t mean we expect it will wind up in a museum.

So we take no small pride in the fact that our Subtle Safety™ Defensive Ring was selected for inclusion in the permanent collection at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

The ring made its debut in MoMA’s galleries as part of an exhilarating exhibition called Safe: Design Takes on Risk , and has been seen as recently as last year’s Born out of Necessity. We think the label from that show does a pretty nice job of summing up why we designed the ring in the first place:

While it cannot take the place of self-defense classes, this accessory can provide a measure of safety to a woman walking alone at night. The ring is an alternative to the practice of a woman placing her keys between her fingers to use as a weapon in case of attack. The ring is more stable, slipping over three fingers; it requires less coordination to be effective; and it frees up the user's keys for easier and quicker access to her car or home. When not used for defense, the ring folds in on itself, taking the form of an elegant stack of three shapes, and it can be worn on one finger as a decorative accessory.

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