It could literally cut your heart out. A sleeky, steely design called the Sickle Ring, featuring a razor sharp blade shaped like a sickle that extends in both directions along the knuckles. For jewelry, it’s pretty freakin’ dangerous. Shit, you couldn’t even wear it through airport security without getting arrested. Because I have issues, I immediately figure the designer, Hollywood-based Renee Andriole, does too. Like, maybe she’s into kinky shit to be designing pieces that leave such a mark. So I ask her…
Are you into kinky shit?
Andriole hesitates with her breath, politely. She’s not sure how to answer such a silly question. I should mention that this young lady—maker of jewelry that can carve ass—is actually a sweet, unassuming girl with BIG, dark Mediterranean eyes and a disarming, lippy perma-grin. Not who I pictured when I first saw these blade running designs and thought to myself, I’d end up circumcising myself by accident if I wore one of them.
I guess I want to show that ‘sexy’ is the anticipation of something as well. With the more dangerous pieces, it is the anticipation of something hurting you.
“It’s just that I hate when people look at my work and see the edgy pieces specifically and think that this is just some S & M stuff. You don't have to be head to toe in black leather and spikes to wear one of my pieces, cause I happen to think the Sickle Ring goes best with a sweet floral dress. That comes from my style. I dress kind of girly but then spice it up with a crazy piece of jewelry,” Andriole says, recalling, “When people pigeon-hole some of the work I do it reminds me of the frat boys in my college art class who’d see my stuff and tell me sarcastically, ‘oh, what are you trying to say there?’ What I’m trying to express is not that superficial, not that simple.”
Hurt that I remind her of a frat boy, I ask… where the hell did you get the idea for this stuff?
“Weapons.” She answers.
Only, Andriole makes weapons that hurt the person who wields it as well as anyone else gets in the way. She made as a pair of bronzed brass knuckles with metal spikes on the interior of the piece.
“You’d think twice about punching someone with those,” she warns.
The rest of Andriole’s pieces are just as sick a play on two-way harm. Her line of metal work she features on her website, include:
A Ball and Chain necklace that features silver spikes protruding from the sphere.
A Knife Ring, which is worn on the index finger and has a four and half inch sterling silver blade that cuts across the hand.
And a Spike Ring, which consists of a polished sterling silver spike that points at a simply perfect obtuse angle from the pinky or ring finger on which it’s worn back towards the inner wrist. Make the wrong move and impale your palm.
What the fuck is a matter with you?
“Nothing at all,” she says, amused. “I guess I want to show that ‘sexy’ is the anticipation of something as well. With the more dangerous pieces, it is the anticipation of something hurting you.”
Are you concerned people will cut their bits and pieces?
“These designs are meant to interact with the wearer. You can hurt someone else or hurt yourself. But that creates an
awareness,” Andriole defends. “I also include special directions
with all my pieces.” The special directions include:
"Be mindful when wearing this piece.”
“Don’t flail hands around innocent bystanders.”
And my fave…
“Use caution when going to the restroom.”
Have any designs that play nice?
“The silver Chainmaille Bracelet, and the Mended Heart Necklace with gold lacing. They’re nice and sweet. The Corset Ring, which looks like a small corset with a zig zag cut down the middle bonded by wire, or the uneven plates of my Asymmetrical Ring, and a similar but Stacked Ring made of two titanium and two silver plates that have a differing finish, texture, and color. One silver plate has an oxidized gun metal finish and the other is reticulated,” she explains.
If you have no idea what that means, I don’t either. But Andriole does.
“Reticulated is when you heat the metal so it buckles and creates little mountains and valleys. I think it looks kinda like when you fly across the country and you see the Desert Mountains below.”
So, how do people react to the abrasive pieces after meeting you, considering you’re so bubbly and boppy?
“I think I shock some of the older women who meet me. I guess they’re expecting a lot of cutesy designs. And they ask me to send them links to my designs. Then the next time they see me they have a shocked expression on their face. Not sure what to tell me, like, ‘oh, your stuff is interesting’,” Andriole says, grinning with satisfaction from her home studio off Hollywood Blvd.
I don’t think they expect to find pieces that are so harsh…from me.