Damele Turquoise Sunflower Fields Ring - Size 7 1/4
A truly special piece of Damele turquoise is the centerpiece of this sterling silver ring. Damele turquoise is rare and collectible to begin with (read more about this mine below), but the yellow coloring and structure of matrix in this particular stone adds to its rarity and value. Above it sits a beautifully cast sterling sunflower, accompanied by two hand cut sterling leaves. It is intuitive to me to work with sunflowers at this time of year, because in my mind they are the perfect flower for the time between summer and fall. Liminal spaces - where one realm or one time meets another - and the things that occur and grow in those spaces, were held in hallowed regard by the ancient Celts. I feel that same sacredness and balance in them as well. The creation of these rings, like most of my pieces, are a meditation on ancient practice, a creative ritual for this time of year, and an ode to something sacred to me. This scene sits atop a wide sterling band, of which my maker's mark and .925 for sterling adorn the inside. Rustically darkened, sanded, and polished to highlight the details, this ring is perfect for those who want to feel close to the earth and its seasons.
-- Details -- Size 7 1/4. Please note that wide bands tend to feel more snug than standard bands, so some people prefer to size up slightly. Sterling silver. Natural turquoise from the Damele mine in Nevada. Ring face measures 1 5/8 inches tall. You will receive the pictured ring.
-- About the Turquoise Mine -- Thought to be depleted for a while now, the Damele/Damali mine officially closed recently due to the death of its owner. Most stones from this mine are from old stock collections of material that was mined decades ago and is incredibly rare and collectible. This mine is known for its hard material that takes a great polish, and boasts yellow, green, grays, and blues with beautiful webbed matrix. This mine also produces stunning faustite and variscite. A unique type of turquoise, stones from the Damele mine are highly sought after and perfect for any turquoise collection.
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*As with all handmade jewelry, my pieces are delicate and should not be worn during strenuous activity or in water. Please take care to remove all pieces while swimming, bathing, washing hands, playing sports, etc.