Yuletide Fire Ring - Size just under 8 3/4 - Dark Pines Collection
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Inspired by the burning of the Yule log on the eve of the Winter Solstice, the Yuletide Fire Ring continues my series of pieces conjured from traditional Celtic rituals of each season. Each winter, ancient Druids would collect branches and logs of oak or ash, adorn them with greenery, the most sacred of which being mistletoe found growing on an oak tree, and anoint them with oils. They would often also carve the Cailleach, the crone goddess who rules the cold dark half of the year, into the wood. As the log burned in the fire overnight, the warmth of the flames would overtake the Cailleach, symbolizing the shift from dark to light that occurs on the solstice/Yule, and the smoke would bless, cleanse, and bring good fortune to the home. A fiery piece of petrified wood surrounded by cast branches echoes this sacred and complex ritual. This high quality specimen is incredibly rare, even boasting opalized sections. Handmade sprigs of mistletoe are bound at each end while a crescent moon and triquetra knot represent the Cailleach and the cycle of dark and light. The wide, tapered band has my maker's mark and .925 for sterling on the inside, and the entire ring has been darkened and polished to highlight the textures and heighten the woodland aesthetic. A one of a kind heirloom piece for witches, mythology lovers, Celtic souls, and stone collectors alike.
-- Details -- Size just under 8 3/4. Please note that wide bands tend to feel more snug than standard bands, so some people prefer to size up slightly (1/4 to 1/2 size). Sterling silver. Natural petrified palm root. Ring face measures 2 9/16 inches tall. You will receive the pictured ring.
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