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I’ve been holding onto these merlinite cabochons for a little while now and I had this idea knocking around that I wanted to pay homage to those delicate little dendrites which reminded me of soft green shoots emerging from the snow, bare winter branches and ferny tendrils. The phrase from Yeats’ “The Stolen Child” kept repeating in my head:

We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.

Yeats captured the image of curling fern fronds dipping into silvered moonlit water so beautifully. I wanted to create the feel of that with these rings, accenting the intricate lines, some of them with pops of fresh green.

Details for Ring Shown in Main Photo (Ring No. 3):

Metal: Sterling silver (reclaimed metal)

Finish: Dark with high points brushed off to a matte finish

Stone: Natural Merlinite measuring approximately 17/12mm

Band Dimensions: Approximately 11mm/1mm

Size: This ring would best fit a U.S. size 4.5

Markings: My wild rose maker's mark is tucked beneath the setting.

++What is Merlinite?++
Merlinite, also referred to as Dendritic Opal or Psilomelane, is an agate/chalcedony (not an opal) with a Moh's hardness of 7. It's the moss-like manganese oxides dendrites in the field of white that make it so appealing--no two are the same. These stones were mined in the U.S. Metaphysically, Merlinite is thought to aid intuition.

©Lara Lewis/Hedgerow Rose 2008 - 2012

Merlinite Recycled Sterling Silver Ring, Dendritic Opal, Tendrils No. 3