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:: Token ::

In my studio, a tiny basket has held an assortment of ancient coins for many months. I purchased them to make jewelry with, of course, but I often have to hang out with components in my space for quite a while before I'm willing to part with them...or even know what to do with them. But when it's time, it's time! So here is another coin ring offering, this time with an intriguing little token from ancient East India.

Although the origin of this coin is uncertain, most experts believe it is a silver dracm from pre-Islamic Sindh in India, and dates to the 6th to 7th century CE. It is an "unpublished" coin, meaning is has no documentation in the known literature on coins. The markings are made even more mysterious because one does not know what they represent--possibly a horse, with Brahmi letters--and the coin takes on a magical aura as a result. It is also fairly thin, and so I created a step bezel for it so its setting would have more dimension.

You'll notice that the shank of this ring is quite unusual, a kind of half-spiral that causes the bezel to rest at a slight angle on your finger. I've used an irregular length of sterling which, like the bezel's backplate, was hammered on a very old, rusty section of mine railroad track from nearby Madrid, New Mexico. One side of the shank was soldered end-on to the bezel, while the other side was curved around and soldered on its side. The bezel was also attached at a slight angle so the entire ring has a dynamic feel to it.

In case you're wondering, I made a larger ring with this type of shank for myself as an experiment to test the wearability and comfort, and it is just as comfortable as my other rings. I love the angled setting!

The silver, which I always work entirely by hand, was put through a good amount of hammering from all angles, as well as repeated sandings with coarse paper. To finish, I oxidized it to a deep patina and buffed out the high spots to a matte shine, and it was sealed with Renaissance Wax to preserve the color. The result is a setting that looks as ancient as the coin.

So this is a great little ring for everyday, tough as nails, solidly built, and comfortable...but interesting, too. And what a connection to the days of the ancestors!

Size: Ring size 7 1/2. The bezel with coin measures 19mm x 20mm x 6mm.

Care: Clean by rinsing in cool water or wiping with a soft, damp cloth. Never scrub or use polish.

Token will arrive beautifully giftwrapped in a hand-decorated pillow box, along with a handwritten description.

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Ancient East Indian Coin and Rustic Sterling Silver Ring


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: sterling silver, fine silver, ancient coin
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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