Michael Berger


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    Michael Berger
    Goethe meets Napoleon

    Kinetic Ring RK DG-12. 2012.
    Stainless steel, silver, wood

    "This kinetic ring is inspired by the meeting of Goethe and Napoleon in 1808. The base is made like an Empire style console (shown at bottom). The style originated in and takes its name from the rule of Napoleon I in the First French Empire, when it was intended to idealize Napoleon's leadership and the French state. The moving top symbolizes the academic as well as free minded character of Goethe."

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    Michael Berger
    Voyage into Colour

    Kinetic Ring RK DG-10.
    Stainless steel, acrylic

    Size 8.5

    “This kinetic ring piece, [was inspired by the 2011, 200th anniversary of Goethe’s Theory of Colours], made from stainless steel, acrylic and colour filter foils. [It] is my interpretation of Goethe’s colour wheel watercolor drawing which illustrates his theory. In my version there are three layers with the basic colours cyan, magenta and yellow, showing the six colours of Goethe’s wheel when the ring is not in motion - but when it’s worn, the wheels start to move - changing colours all the time.”

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    Michael Berger
    Voyage into Colour

    Kinetic Ring RK DG-10.
    Stainless steel, acrylic

    Size 8.5

    “This kinetic ring piece, [was inspired by the 2011, 200th anniversary of Goethe’s Theory of Colours], made from stainless steel, acrylic and colour filter foils. [It] is my interpretation of Goethe’s colour wheel watercolor drawing [pictured at bottom] which illustrates his theory. In my version there are three layers with the basic colours cyan, magenta and yellow, showing the six colours of Goethe’s wheel when the ring is not in motion - but when it’s worn, the wheels start to move - changing colours all the time.”

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    Michael Berger
    Knuckle Bandit

    Kinetic Gambling Ring RK SDRR. 2012.
    Silver, partially black carbon coated, stainless steel, enamel

    "This kinetic ring is specifically created for the competition and exhibition project entitled, 'Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll - Vices or Lifestyle?' A concept from Heidemarie Herb and Luigi Mariani. This ring is made like a classic one-handed-bandit with three revolving reels. Invisible, within every reel, turns one steel ball -- causing a (nearly) random and definite position of one of the four sides of each reel after coming to rest. Framed by the old ancient 7 vices, I also play with the three classic modern vices: sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll -- to pay homage to the symbol of compulsive gambling -- the one-handed-bandit with his 3 red 'lucky' sevens. Converted to a kinetic gambling ring, you are not forced to visit the next casino, just keep gambling on your finger -- whoever, wherever you are, all day long..."

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    Michael Berger
    Kinetic Ring

    Kinetic Ring RK AS-01.
    Stainless steel, 18K yellow gold

    Size 8 or Size 6.5, depending on direction worn

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    Michael Berger
    Kinetic Ring

    Kinetic Ring RK LI-2.
    Stainless steel

    Size 8.5

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    Michael Berger
    Kinetic Ring

    Kinetic Ring RK LI-2.
    Stainless steel

    Size 8.5

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    Michael Berger
    Kinetic Ring

    Kinetic Ring RK 022-4R.
    Stainless steel, amethyst

    Size 8

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    Michael Berger
    Kinetic Ring

    Kinetic Ring RK 047-1R.
    Stainless steel, blue topaz

    Size 8.5

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    Michael Berger
    Kinetic Ring

    Kinetic Ring RK 052-2.
    Stainless steel

    1.75" x 1.75" x 1.5", Size 8

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    Michael Berger
    Kinetic Ring

    Kinetic Ring RK LI-2xxl.
    Stainless steel

    2" x 2" x 1.75", Size 8.5

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    Michael Berger
    Kinetic Ring

    Kinetic Ring RK LI-2xxl.
    Stainless steel

    2" x 2" x 1.75", Size 8.5

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Michael Berger
Goethe meets Napoleon

Kinetic Ring RK DG-12. 2012.
Stainless steel, silver, wood


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Michael Berger
Voyage into Colour

Kinetic Ring RK DG-10.
Stainless steel, acrylic


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Michael Berger
Voyage into Colour

Kinetic Ring RK DG-10.
Stainless steel, acrylic


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Michael Berger
Knuckle Bandit

Kinetic Gambling Ring RK SDRR. 2012.
Silver, partially black carbon coated, stainless steel, enamel


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK AS-01.
Stainless steel, 18K yellow gold


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK LI-2.
Stainless steel


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK LI-2.
Stainless steel


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK 022-4R.
Stainless steel, amethyst


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK 047-1R.
Stainless steel, blue topaz


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK 052-2.
Stainless steel


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK LI-2xxl.
Stainless steel


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK LI-2xxl.
Stainless steel


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Michael Berger
Goethe meets Napoleon

Kinetic Ring RK DG-12. 2012.
Stainless steel, silver, wood


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Michael Berger
Voyage into Colour

Kinetic Ring RK DG-10.
Stainless steel, acrylic


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Michael Berger
Voyage into Colour

Kinetic Ring RK DG-10.
Stainless steel, acrylic


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Michael Berger
Knuckle Bandit

Kinetic Gambling Ring RK SDRR. 2012.
Silver, partially black carbon coated, stainless steel, enamel


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK AS-01.
Stainless steel, 18K yellow gold


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK LI-2.
Stainless steel


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK LI-2.
Stainless steel


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK 022-4R.
Stainless steel, amethyst


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK 047-1R.
Stainless steel, blue topaz


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK 052-2.
Stainless steel


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK LI-2xxl.
Stainless steel


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Michael Berger
Kinetic Ring

Kinetic Ring RK LI-2xxl.
Stainless steel


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Michael Berger, a master goldsmith, fabricates kinetic jewelry that move and spin on the wearer’s hand. Berger studied under Professor Friedrich Becker, an outstanding artist and master craftsman who had a decisive influence on contemporary jewelry. His legacy was the introduction of the fourth dimension to jewelry design: movement.

At first glance, Berger’s stainless steel or gold ring sculptures seem to be attractively heavy and clearly shaped pieces. It is when you put them on and start moving your hands their full magic is revealed: the top elements, which nestle closely together, start to move and rotate.

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  • Numerous private collections throughout the United States and internationally