Giotto laid down a sheet of paper, reached for a brush dipped in red paint, closed his arm to his side to make a sort of compass of it, and in one even sweep drew a perfect circle. The courtier was not impressed, but when he got back to Rome he showed the Pope the perfect circle and told him how Giotto had drawn it, freehand, without a compass. The pope and his advisors understood the achievement of that O and gave Giotto the commission.
That story was at the back of my mind, when I designed the Stimm Fidget Ring. How difficult, you may ask, is it to design a simple band ring? Well, it's not, but, as they say 'God is in the detail'. Or, in this case, the lack of detail.
Stimm Jewelry is inspired by the concept of sensory stimulation and mindfulness. It's designed to help you remain calm, feel grounded and focused on your senses. To that end, the idea for the Fidget Ring was to create a perfect circle, with no bells and whistles. No details, no gemstones, no patterned angles. It sounds obvious, but fashion is based on the idea that tastes change and design should change with those tastes - or guide them.
Not for us at Stimm. We believe that there are universal ideas and it's not by chance that the wedding band - that symbol of eternal union - is just that: a simple band. A circle. We love the idea.
Add to that the rotating central band - a secret in itself - and you have the perfect piece of jewelry to help spin away your anxious thoughts. It is a Fidget Ring, but we see no agitation in how people unconsciously spin the band. It's a natural movement. And the ring's high polished finish is relaxing to the touch. Calming to the senses. Sometimes, the simplest designs are the best designs. So, spare a thought for the Renaissance genius, long gone from this mortal coil, who was the inspiration for Stimm's Fidget Ring.