Baselworld 2017: Modern Skull Art

Applying the iconographic skeletal feature to next-generation watches

With the tens of thousands of watches on hand at the Baselworld watch and jewelry fair, it’s actually quite easy to draw out numerous thematic links or color stories—and yet, many of them never take hold outside of the fair. The use of skull iconography at this year’s trade show, however, appears different. Skull designs are quite common, but rarely well-executed. For one of the …

Rose Gold Skull Ring

Spooky and sophisticated, this Sydney Evan ring is perfect for Halloween—and beyond. Made from 14k rose-gold, the skull features ruby and green garnet eyes and white enamel teeth. Bold enough to make a statement, the ring also measures about 1/4-inch by 1/3-inch so it steers clear of being gaudy or flashy and keeps the scariness subtle.

Silver Piston Jewelry

Rebellious accessories for people who don't like flash and frills

After completing a silversmith course in 2009, Steve West played around with his craft for a few years before a man asked him to create a custom ring for his husband. The result was a silver spinner ring that had a more polished and refined look than West’s previous pieces. Four years later, Silver Piston has its own website, and West has left his day …