Originally inspired by the liminal space of the underworld, this classic ring setting from my collection is given a new life, coupled with the stunning beauty of moonstone.
A vintage setting serves as the foundation of this collaged ring: a nest like tangle of twisting vines / limbs/ veins cradle a "full moon" moonstone. Flanking either side of the ring as silent guardians of this precious moon ("egg") are two hummingbird skulls, carefully sculpted into the ring so their long, nectar culling beaks curve with the ring shaft.
Being relegated to the Western hemisphere only, the hummingbird turns up in native and Aztec lore and myth. The Aztecs wore hummingbird fetishes as emblems of strength, and for the image of their sharp beaks, symbolic of bloodletting and piercing. The image was carved onto the shoulders of priests, and hummingbirds were also considered to be reincarnated warriors. This idea is often found in other cultures and thus the hummingbird is often associated with containing the spirits of those who have crossed over.
Moonstone is one of my absolute favorite natural stones, at its name suggests, it is closely tied to the moon, with some cultures believing the stone is solidified moon rays, while others think of them as embodiments of the moon's tears. Acting as a kind of armor, it is thought to protect its wearer from not only dark nights, but dark times; it helps sooth grief, loss, and other emotional turbulence. It is also a great tool for meditation and clairvoyance, & has been used in jewelry since ancient times for both its unique beauty and magic.
As a romantic stone: moonstone is thought to keep the passion alive between lovers when one gives it to another, especially during a full moon, while rings often symbolize unity and promises of 'forever' love.
The ring stands 20mm off of the finger & is 34mm at its widest.
The round, smooth moonstone cabochon is 20mm.
Please note that moonstone is a natural stone, clarity and color will vary from stone to stone. Moonstone often has a milky appearance as well as natural inclusions within the stone. The flash will contain shades of blue, violet or teal, and occasionally a dark gold. If you have any concerns over the stone that will be randomly chosen for you ring, please contact me after purchase and I will be more than willing to assist you.
This version is hand oxidized and polished to achieve my rich shade of gloomy gray. If you are interested in a high polish finish or a rose gold plated finish, please contact me for pricing.
*If you need assistance with ring conversion sizes, or if there is another ring size that you would like but is unavailable on this listing we can assist you, please contact us as we are available to help.
This ring is handmade to order, just for you, in the custom size you have chosen. Please allow 3-4 weeks for creation before shipping.
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