8th house

Memento Mori ring/ 8th house

I loved to make this beautiful ‘Memento mori’ commission. I have a similar ring in stock, which is quite delicate in size , but the customer liked it a bit bigger and still elegant to wear. So we agreed on designing a new ring for her, in 14k gold with a raspberry red garnet. It’s so funny, this is a design not everyone likes. Some people think of the skull as scary, or as a permanent reminder of death.

Well, I have to admit that Memento mori translates to “remember you must die“. But the philosophy behind this intends its practitioners to live for a cause rather than in the pursuit of earthly goods as everything is temporary. In medieval times this ‘cause’ was the good Christian life, in order to receive a ticket to the eternal hideaway in heaven. But nowadays it’s more and more seen as a reminder to ‘truly live’, in a way that suits your personal nature.

For me personally, this rings also refers to the 8th house in astrology. The 8th house takes us to our edge where transformation and rebirth are just on the other side of despair and death. It’s a house of transition from one state to the next. You have to take the the 8th house risk, face yourself, let go, transform and heal, in order to grow. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes.

My Sun and Moon are in 8th, which explains my interests and inspiration in the magic and mysteries of life and nature.

And I wondered what the customer’s connection with this particular ring was and I knew I could ask. And without writing her story down, I give you my thoughts on this; It’s during 8th house influences that people often get interested in astrology, but it’s also during 8th house influences that customers apparently find my 8th house ring. It’s amazing how things can connect. This ring has found a home where it truly belongs. Magic…

Ram

Zodiak ring Aries

I loved to make this ring, which I made it for myself. My sign is Aries and I wanted a ring, which shows my inner strength, as I am an Aries on the inside, not on the outside. Sun in Aries, but my ascendant is completely the opposite. Who knows me, doesn’t suspect me to be an Aries at first. When they know me better, they do. A strong garnet to keep me grounded, two diamonds aside to keep my head clear and as a symbol for my two loved ones. Two curved horns, well… yes, I’m Aries.

The proces, making the wax model

As with many of my jewelry I made the ring in wax first. It’s like making a sculpture. I add and remove wax, making a rough shape, see if it’s going to be what I have in mind. When the feel is right, I start to refine the wax model, which can be a very time consuming proces.

The casted ring in 18ct gold

When the wax model was ready, the ring was casted in 18ct gold. After casting there is still a lot of work to be done. Sawing, filing, sanding… cleaning and polishing. And after that, the most tricky part; to set the stones.

Kat

This was a nice commission. A customer asked me for a ring with a cat. I was already planning to make some one of a kind cat designs, so the timing couldn’t be better. Still, as many times, it took a while before I had the time to work on my ideas, but finally it’s here. The ring was hand crafted in wax and casted in 14k yellow gold.  Some other (magic) cat designs will enter the shop, but this special one, is for a special client.