Inspired by the literary depictions of the shadowy, liminal space of the Underworld as well as my interest in alchemy. Immortally yours in lumnious sterling silver, hand oxidized to achieve my gloomy shades of storm gray with highlights of the bright underbelly beneath.
A vintage setting serves as the foundation of this collaged ring: a nest-like tangle of twisting vines / limbs/ veins cradle a sterling "crystal", its lovely, naturally formed facets culminating in a terminated point. Flanking either side of the ring as silent guardians of this precious "egg" are two hummingbird skulls, sculpted into the ring so their long, nectar culling beaks curve with the ring shaft.
This nest echoes my interest in alchemy, I'm suggesting the many phases of the alchemical processes in which the creation of the 'philosopher's stone' occurs. Here, this stone is the cradled "crystal" acting as the final product known for having magical and metaphysical properties. On the other hand, I'm using these elements to make a physical metaphors; for I'm suggesting the process of individuation in which the psyche becomes truly realized, and unites with the body.
The hummingbirds are a stand in for 'Nigredo' or the blackening process in which the self confronts the darkness within. Birds/ crows are generally used to symbolize this process, and here they act as sentinels to the symbol of an achieved "wholeness", or the philosopher's stone. Psychologically whole.
Here the shadowlands of the Underworld converge with the darkness of the psyche to reveal a special crystal, cast entirely of sterling silver.
The crystal is carved out within for weight balance, making this striking ring comfortably wearable.
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***This ring is made to order, just for you, you will not be receiving the one pictured here. Please allow 3-4 weeks for creation and shipment of your new ring.
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