For this piece, I wanted to evoke the feeling of an ancient treasure that once belonged to a powerful sea witch, and was just recovered from the ocean floor. A trillion cut of natural wampum is the centerpiece of this ring. Wampum, or hand carved quahog clam shell, is a purple and white shell native to the Northeastern U.S. It is sacred both to the indigenous tribes and coastal communities of the region. Three wampum beads hang from the main stone, alongside a natural Kingman turquoise charm, and cast sterling starfish. This scene rests upon a wide, tapered sterling band, with my maker's mark and .925 for sterling on the inside. This piece has been darkened and rustically sanded.
-- Details -- Size 8. Please note that wide bands tend to feel more snug than standard bands, so some people prefer to size up 1/4-1/2 a size. Sterling silver. Natural wampum (quahog clam shell) and Kingman turquoise. Ring face measures just over 1 7/8 inches from top of the stone setting to bottom of charms. You will receive the pictured ring.
-- About the Turquoise Mine -- The famous Kingman mine is located in Arizona, and was first discovered and mined by ancient Native American civilizations. It is one of the most well known turquoise mines of the American Southwest, and is known to produce all shades of blue and some shades of green, with many color matrices possible. Only 3% of the turquoise that comes from this mine is left natural, the rest is stabilized, so natural Kingman turquoise is both rare and collectible.
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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.