from ariel's song - the tempest:
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell
of all the pieces from the 'sea witch' series, this is the most personal. in 'the tempest', ariel, a spirit being that serves the magician propsero, sings this song to ferdinand as a lure to lead him to miranda, with whom he will fall in love with. ferdinand has just suffered the loss of his father to the sea and now finds himself shipwrecked on this magical island.
after the passing of my own father, i dreamed of meeting him on the cusp of a night sea. in the dream our shoulders touch before he begins to wade in. i want to follow, but know that i can not. in this way i feel connected to not only ferdinand's grief, but of the healing the sea can bring; the notion of a "sea-change."
this ring symbolizes both of these things, these threads of life and death. made from a small casting of a piece of coral i found near the sea at a happy time in my life, this ring features a wide shank and hugs the finger, featuring an (ever ever so slightly) adjustable gap, which symbolizes the ability to change as the band doesn't form a complete circuit.
solid sterling silver, the piece retains all the small frecklings and texture of the coral and is oxidized to achieve my favorite shade of gloomy grey.
the last image was shot by the amazing Ellen Rogers.
this line is also in thematic collaboration with clothing designer OVATE: www.ovate.etsy.com
this is handmade to order just for you ! please allow 3-4 weeks for creation and shipment.
please send me your *CORRECT* size at time of ordering, i can't start the ring until i have this info. i can make half and quarter sizes as well. it is best to have your finger professionally sized at any local jewelry store that sells engagement rings. if this is for a gift, you can also have a ring sized to find out the proper ring size without the recipient being present (if you can manage to snag a ring without them noticing ! ) ONLINE CHARTS HAVE PROVEN TO BE EXTREMELY UNRELIABLE. i do re-size rings for a small fee.
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