Ecdysis of the Snake Ring ~ Vitreous Cloisonne Enamel and Sterling Silver

Regular price €300 EUR

Description

The ring pictured is an example of the design, this design will be recreated just for you.

There comes a point in the life of a snake where it outgrows its skin. It has to shed its old skin in order to keep on growing. Creeping forward on its belly, it leaves its unfit skin behind emerging renewed, scales glistening.

In hard science, this shedding process is called ecdysis - and in the softer science that is poetry, it is a beautiful metaphor for leaving things that no longer serve us behind - be they people, comfort zones, vices - to emerge crisper, lighter and wiser at the other end. The symbolism of this process and a love for snake is what brought on this design. 

About This Ring

This listing is for the recreation of the pictured design just for you. It will feature the design in cloisonne enamel; made with powdered glass, fine silver wire, and 24ct gold foil highlights such as seen in the body of the snake. (See below for more information on the vitreous enamel process)

The handmade gemstone will be set into an oversized marquis ring as pictured, mounted on a double-ring band. As this is a miniature artwork, it comes signed and dated on the reverse for collectability.

As this will be custom-created for you, you have the opportunity to make requests for alterations perhaps you have a favourite snake or colour combo in mind - let me know in the notes on checkout or message me first on lisa@bringmemybattleaxe.com to make sure that what you have in mind is feasible.

Otherwise, the design pictured will be closely recreated. In any case, please let me know your ring size in the 'message to Lisa' section on checkout.

As this will be custom-created in a long process with many steps from scratch, please allow up to two weeks for it to be shipped.

Details:

  • OOAK - you will be getting the pictured design recreated just for you
  • Possibility to customize - see above paragraph
  • Sterling Silver 925 ring and setting
  • Focal Gemstone : handmade vitreous enamel + fine silver + 24ct gold
  • Focal Dimensions: 2.5"X1"
  • Half-round double wire ring band
  • Antique patina finish
  • Finished weight: 46 grams
  • Will ship in 2 weeks from purchase
  • Signed, dated, and marked

What Is Enamel?
Enamel is essentially melted coloured glass. In this technique used here - known as cloisonne - Fine silver wires were bent into shape to form an outline, which was then filled with several layers of coloured glass. Each layer of glass is fired to very high temperature inside a kiln till it liquefies, before a subsequent layer is laid. Each piece has as many as ten layers, each requiring individual firings. The lengthy process results in the creation of a manmade gemstone, with an image that has depth, luminance and texture. Being glass, it is more durable than most gemstones out there and we have unearthed ancient enamels from millenia ago that have stood the test of time - but to allow this to become an heirloom (or join you in your pyramid) employ usual precautions when wearing handmade jewelry - no shocks, drops or chemicals.

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