Ares Collection

Client: The Artemis Company 

Designers: Nicolás Paez, Norma Guerrero, Carmen Zambrano

The contemporary conversation around the notion of gender is centered in the approach of granting the individual the right to express itself along the gender continuum. However one identifies one should be able to live one's identity freely, without coercion or bias. Nonetheless this is not the case in many of today's societies. Gender violence continues to afflict individuals, forcing gender to remain a permanently combative binary notion.

For some, everyday life is filled with the distinct possibility of gender violence, discrimination and physical harm. And yet, as the discipline responsible for the genesis of everyday objects, design has failed to either remedy , integrate of protest this situation by transforming everyday objects. 

We protest. If gender identity is to become fraught with tension and violence, the objects that surround the individual should empower zie to symbolically defend the preferred gender identity. Therefore, we present to you an unorthodox jewelry collection, designed to symbolically endow the user with the means to resist aggression.

Our pieces are designed as hybrids between items of aggression and the traditional forms of jewelry design. Rings that recall knuckles, pendants that become striking tools, and jewelry with a sharp edge represents fashion with a symbolically aggressive stance.

We sincerely hope that our objects were not a necessity, and yet for some, they are. If this collection seems extreme, or even unnecessary to you, please look around, and reevaluate.


La violencia de género es un mal que aflige a las sociedades, es común la falta de acción legislativa mientras que las normas sociales y valores culturales atentan contra la integridad física y moral del género femenino. ¿Cómo abordar este tema desde la perspectiva de las profesiones creativas? 

El diseño es una conversación constante acerca del modo en el vivimos por lo que en este proyecto hemos incorporado la resistencia a la violencia de género en la estética y lenguaje de las joyas, lo que implica, lamentablemente, que las mujeres incorporarán esta resistencia en el uso de sus objetos cotidianos. Se aborda a través de estos símbolos la violencia necesaria para resistir al violento.

 Ness bracelet  Recalling the pointed look of the saw/disc, the bracelet adorns itself with a sharp teeth that smoothly blend out of a central curvature. Ideal for those times when the mere suggestion of aggressiveness is deterrent enough.

Ness bracelet

Recalling the pointed look of the saw/disc, the bracelet adorns itself with a sharp teeth that smoothly blend out of a central curvature. Ideal for those times when the mere suggestion of aggressiveness is deterrent enough.

 Collar bracelet  The sharp silver spikes contrast with the delicate twinkling highlights of the crystals, giving the bracelet a tough yet delicate look perfect for those not to be messed with.

Collar bracelet

The sharp silver spikes contrast with the delicate twinkling highlights of the crystals, giving the bracelet a tough yet delicate look perfect for those not to be messed with.

 Star ring  A modern homage to the ancient "Kakute" rings worn by female Japanese ninjas. Designed for style and self/defense, the pointed ends of this ring offer an inconspicuous tool for self defense.

Star ring

A modern homage to the ancient "Kakute" rings worn by female Japanese ninjas. Designed for style and self/defense, the pointed ends of this ring offer an inconspicuous tool for self defense.

 Star ring  A modern homage to the ancient "Kakute" rings worn by female Japanese ninjas. Designed for style and self/defense, the pointed ends of this ring offer an inconspicuous tool for self defense.

Star ring

A modern homage to the ancient "Kakute" rings worn by female Japanese ninjas. Designed for style and self/defense, the pointed ends of this ring offer an inconspicuous tool for self defense.

 Production process. Prototypes.

Production process. Prototypes.

 Kaiser ring made in sterling silver.  Adopting the strong ordered geometry and ornamental spikes of antique military uniforms, this three-part ring can be used as pointed knuckles in case of an emergency.

Kaiser ring made in sterling silver.

Adopting the strong ordered geometry and ornamental spikes of antique military uniforms, this three-part ring can be used as pointed knuckles in case of an emergency.

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 Ridge ring

Ridge ring

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 Valley ring

Valley ring

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