The Cruellest Month Ring - Size 9 - The Cruellest Month Collection
“April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.”
April is not gentle. It forces the earth, and us, out of the sleepy hibernation allowed by winter. But in that aggressive push is the potential for beautiful things. I’ve held close these ideas and the above words from T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land” while designing this collection, and while working on this ring. This Aries season, I’ve vowed to push myself to create the pieces lingering in the recesses of my mind, that I’ve tucked away under the false notion that I wasn’t ready to approach them yet. This is why I started The Cruellest Month Collection with this ring because I knew it would be one of if not the most challenging piece of the bunch. Three shimmering lepidolites* line this ring, a rare material that isn't often seen in jewelry. This material is impossible to depict in a photo, as it changes in hue and saturation depending on the light and angle. It switches from silver and almost colorless to stunning shades of lavender and mauve. Six entirely handmade lilacs surround the center stone, flanked by handmade leaves. Swirling sterling details bring the “breeding, mixing, stirring” movement of the poem into the piece, while ornately etched details cap each end. This diadem for the hand serves as a reminder of all your stored potential, and to push past discomfort in favor of growth. It rests atop a size 9 triple split band, and my maker's mark and .925 for sterling adorn the underside of the stone setting.
*I advise gentle care with all of my jewelry, but please note that lepidolite is a soft material that requires attentive wear. It is only slightly harder than amber on the Mohs hardness scale. If you tend to be rough on your jewels, this may not be the piece for you.
Ring face measures 3 1/16 inches tall. You will receive the pictured ring.
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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.