We are all part of many traditions. Some of them are cultural; others are based on our families and what they have instilled in us. There are also a few influences that are dictated by lager sources like society. Dining together at the dining table, celebrating holidays and kissing someone on both cheeks are a few examples of thousands of traditions from across the globe. The concept of tradition is something that binds us together and strengthens the connections between generations.
Laikingland understands tradition but neglects to approach it the same way. The company that hails from the UK and the Netherlands finds ways to do conventional things in new ways. On this occasion, they collaborated with Atelier Ted Noten to house a tiny robot arm and a ring inside a jewelry box. Tradition is far from this approach. The wedding proposal is now contained and presented through a small glass box, holding the Lady Killer ring. The spectacular engineering and thought that has gone into this proposal has now found a new shape and form.
Conventional jewelry boxes are a thing of the past. This container holds a robotic arm which secures the ring inside a glass encased unit. Inspired by the 2004 "Unstaged" installation of a robot and a ring, where Atelier Ted Noten featured a full size industrial robot holding and protecting a ring, this time the concept can be taken into your home, on a much smaller scale. The glass box contains a small but powerful robotic arm created by the latest 3D printing technology. At the end of the arm, a stunning ring sits quietly waiting to be awakened by the proposal, the moment of truth and the vision of eternity. At a push of a button, the customized mechanism comes to life. The arm awakens and begins its journey in order to display the ring. It rises slowly and rotates the arms towards the recipient. After it shows the piece from every angle, then it extends outwards to await the final decision. Will it be Yes?
In case she asks for the specs on the ring, it is 22 carat yellow gold, with a .50 carat diamond and a .03 carat 2mm black diamond. Only 18 of such pieces will be made available October 2011 (pre-orders are now being accepted).
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