Thicket of Thistle Cluster Ring ✦ Size 8 3/4, Wide Band ✦ The Thistle Armory Collection
In a tiny village on the west coast of Ireland, where the green sea is lashed to white foam against the jagged cliffs, and the cow-studded fields are lined with lichen-covered stone walls that were built by hand lifetimes ago, there lies the ruins of a medieval church and cemetery where ancestors of mine are buried. Surrounding the grounds in a protective embrace are numerous plants typically found in Irish hedgerows, including the most vibrant and regal thicket of thistle I’ve ever seen. To have found this plant, which is deeply associated with ancestor veneration, at the final resting place of those who came before me, is a moment that I’ll hold in my heart forever. I re-immersed myself in those details as I designed and constructed the Thicket of Thistle Cluster Ring. This piece was crafted to invoke the fighting spirit and thrive-against-all-odds nature of thistle, and to honor my own ancestors who lay buried in that cemetery, along with the ones who fled that same land during famine and genocide, who fought to survive and enabled my very existence. A rose cut amethyst sits in the center of this ring, surrounded by a protective boundary of sterling branches. Eight more amethyst echo this boundary, for a total of nine stones, and between them sit crescent moons and handmade thistles. A mantra for the hand, this ring tells the wearer to stand rooted in your boundaries and thrive, that you are protected by all who came before you, that you are the result of fighters. My maker's mark and .925 for sterling adorn the inside of the wide ring band, and the entire piece has been blackened and sanded to highlight the details and heighten the magic.
✦ Details ✦
Size 8 3/4. Please note that although this is the size this ring fits on my ring sizing tool, wide bands can feel more snug than standard bands, especially for those with a fleshier bottom part of their finger, so some people prefer to size up 1/4 to 1/2 size. Sterling silver. Natural amethyst. Ring face measures just over 3 inches tall. You will receive the pictured ring.
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