13 Lucky Monkey was established in 2008 by sculptor Noli Coronado and Dante Dizon. Pushing the limits of craft and design, the collective has gained popularity in making jewelry. However, their masterpieces are the opposite of the elegant charm of fine jewelry. 13 Lucky Monkey produces works that flourish in their own daring and bold characteristics.
Sculptor Noli Coronado likes to see a subtle trace of his fingerprint in the jewelry he designs. What might be seen as an imperfection to some are a symbol of authenticity and fine craftsmanship to its creator and his satisfied customers.
His partner Dante Dizon appreciates the rough-hewn look of the biker rings made by their company 13 Lucky Monkey.
“This is the opposite of fine jewelry,” he says. “We ride really old bikes and we see beauty in these machines—dirty, greasy, noisy. We want our jewelry to have that same patina that only comes with use and with age.”
The rings are far from being the discardable refuse humbly described by one of their creators. They are works of art—wearable sculpture—that incorporate
medieval symbols, references to Kustom Kulture, and inspiration from superstitions, women in their lives, even insects.
Customers pay for a unique, sculptural piece that needs to be broken in like the dark, stiff denim of a new pair of jeans, eventually becoming a second skin molded to the wearer’s body—something that feels comfortable above a knuckle beneath a leather glove wrapped around a handlebar.