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This ring is currently a size 7.5, but can be sized from 5-10 easily. Please let me know your preference in the note to seller when checking out.
The quartz is an absolutely gorgeous, deep, chocolate brown with hints of amber. Growing up, all the women in my family wore large, smoky quartz rings and I used to stare at everyone's hands with fascination. To this day, I still think smoky quartz is one of the most elegant stones in the world.
**A note on bronze: this ring may leave a mark when worn (but it may not). A person with a more acidic system is more likely to have a reaction than someone who is more alkaline. A beautiful patina will emerge on this piece as it ages, but can be removed with a jewelry cloth. Should you desire, I will be more than happy to apply a liquid that prevents bronze from marking the skin, please just let me know in the comments section.**
I had been thinking of carving a bee piece for a very long time, and as I started research for this ring, I realized what extraordinary creatures they are. In the United States alone, it is estimated that honeybees accomplish 1/4 of the pollination needed for all fruit produced for human consumption. That works out to an estimated $10 billion worth of (free) labor each year. We should all give thanks to the bees.
Bee symbolism and mythology is found in many cultures worldwide. They represent everything from inspiration, hope, communication, purpose, industry to healing and the Goddess. They were considered the sacred insect that bridged the natural world to the underworld in Ancient Near East and Aegean cultures, and the priestess of Apollo at the Delphic Temple was called the "Delphic Bee". Bees are also a wonderful symbol of doing the impossible, because technically, bumble bees shouldn't be able to fly.
This ring is also available in sterling with:
green amethyst: http://www.etsy.com/listing/87048598/the-bee-ring-green-amethyst-and-sterling
Clear Quartz: http://www.etsy.com/listing/87820073/the-bee-ring-clear-quartz-and-sterling
And in bronze with:
Rose quartz: http://www.etsy.com/listing/87821346/the-bee-ring-rose-quartz-and-bronze
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