At Universal Spada, Freedom is always ringing. We are a company who strongly supports the LGBTQ+ community and HIV/AIDS awareness.


David Spada was a jewelry designer in New York City in the 1980s and 1990s. David was the creator and marketer of Freedom Rings. He began making jewelry as a student at Parson's School of Design in New York City, and his works were recognized as early as 1984, when a piece made from orange rubber tubing was highlighted in the New York Times. David eventually opened a boutique, Casa di Spada, in New York's Lower East Side, which sold his jewelry designs, clothing and custom items.

Independently and with his close friend's Andy Warhol, and Keith Haring, Spada designed and fabricated several costumes, headdresses and accessories for Grace Jones that were worn by her in performances. Some of these pieces are documented in photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Spada collaborated with designer Patrick Kelly on a jewelry line for Kelly's 1986 collection. He also worked with Kelly on one of Kelly's most famous couture works, a 1986 Josephine Baker-inspired banana skirt and spiral bra top originally modeled by Pat Cleveland, now in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In 1991, Spada developed Freedom Rings he was 30 years old. The set consists of six aluminum rings in colors based on the LGBTQ+ pride flag that he described as symbolizing happiness and representing the diversity of the gay community. He hoped that both straight and gay people would wear the rings as a "universal 'pro-tolerance' statement." In June 1992, several of MTV's on-air hosts wore Freedom Rings in recognition of gay pride month, elevating their visibility. Also in 1992, Freedom Rings were featured in the first gay-specific Absolut Vodka ad, entitled Absolut Spada. Other clients consisted of Brooke Shields, Rose-Ann Barr, and Princess Diana can be seen on the cover of Vogue wearing his ever so simply yet beautiful bracelet during his glow era.


Creator and designer David Spada had a simple idea of 6 colored anodized aluminum rings on a necklace that sent the entire nation into haywire. Everyone had to have this trendy new fad that spoke with purpose. Many people still wear his jewelry as a symbol of freedom to this day.

My Uncle had a voice in the community so large from something so small. David took a huge stand for AIDS health, working in the "NOW" organization along with creating amazing artwork, and supporting pride rights he made jelwery for the upcoming 1992 stonewall revamp.

We're here to bring back the support and give the credit to my Uncle David Spada inventor of Freedom Rings. David made these rings and much more that overwhelmed the 80's and early 90's with their effect to make a difference. Freedom Rings are a symbol of equality and peace in knowing we are not alone. Spreading these rings and our word to the world will bring back comfort, awareness, and beautiful art. As a reminder, you do not have to be a certain gender, or sexual orientation to wear these rings this is all about acceptance, allies, and supporting one another as human beings.


Hello all!

My name is Alex Spada and David Spada is my amazing wacky Uncle who started this whole thing. I have been an artist, and a member of the LGBTQ+ society since the day I can remember. I have a BFA in graphic design, I'm a hard working extroverted people person, and love almost every person I have come across in my life-time. This being said, I have always been an advocate for my Uncle David's work and his voice to the world. I always found his work so amazing and up-lifting. After his death, so much of his collection was left behind so I thought to myself, "why not pick up where he left off?"

I know today he would be proud of how far the LGBTQ+ community has come. I want to not only get Universal Spada's voice recognized today, but also David's purpose and huge process and presence of the importance in the upcoming and background of his work. David's strong presence in society back in the 80's and early 90's has such a huge story most don't even know of. I truly believe it all deserves to be heard and seen. I am here to take his place in making a difference and to stand up for what everyone deserves.

By me producing more Freedom Rings, and Casa Di Spada apparel, I believe we can all make a difference together. Everything that everyone has to offer in this world is meant to recognized, and symbolize peace and unity. I am so excited to be able to launch what we have created thus far, and share our new products with everyone.

I'd like to say thank you personally, for being a part of Universal Spada.

Let Freedom Ring,