As scrolled through your news feeds on Facebook this week, you couldn’t help but notice all the red “equal sign” insignias (right) on friends’ pages. Initiated by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to show support for marriage equity, Facebook followers were asked to post them this week as SCOTUS heard oral arguments in two landmark cases that could expand marriage equality to more states.
Leave it to New York jewelry designer Janet Cadsawan to take the equal sign insignia and create a statement signet ring. Cadsawan, who is known for her interpretations of cultural phenomena as diverse as “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “True Blood” and “The Black Dagger Brotherhood,” likes creating talismans that hold a story or memory. Such is the case with this Equality Ring, handmade of solid brass with the word “Equality” engraved on the inside of the ring.
Ask Cadsawan what statement she’s attempting to make with her Equality Ring and she explains her First-Amendment, Freedom-of-Speech jewelry philosophy: “The Equality Ring. Marriage Equality. Gender Equality. Racial Equality. I don’t have time to get on the streets and protest these days, so as an artist, I make my statements in metal.”