This ring is made of sterling silver (925) made by hand in my workshop.
I named it Serpiente de Agua, which means water snake in Spanish. These patterns refer to the Mexican culture and more especially to archeological sites such as Mitla in Oaxaca where you can find this type of carving on Zapotecan temples or funeral tombs. To make this ring, I was particularly inspired by a ring which was part of the offering of the tomb 7 of Monte Alban, which set form the richest treasure discovered in Mexico.
There are various interpretations for this meander pattern. A recent explanation says that it is a symbol of water, through the representation of a snake. One can find in the same region a small snake living in the water. It would have become a symbol and would have been associated to the god of rain, Cocijo (Tlaloc or Chac for the Aztecs to the Mayas).
This ring is really one of a kind. It is artisan etched. The etching process takes times but the result allows appreciating the intricate and delicate patterns. The bas-relief effect is really nice. The deeper part is matte and the upper part has been sanded and polished. Shiny finish.
Etching is an artisanal process which produces a unique design each time I use it. Two pieces with a same design will never be exactly the same by the hazards of the process. Each detail makes a unique piece. The band is etched with meanders.
The motif inspired by the pre-Columbian Mexico period on this ring does not go completely all around the ring and will leave a smooth space more or less wide depending on your finger size.
Polished, shiny finish.
The band is between 8 and 9 mm large (0.315 - 0.354 inches).
This is a custom order. Please, specify your ring size when you order it. Thanks!
Thickness of the ring: this model can be made with thicknesses of 1 mm, 1.3 mm or 1.6 mm. For reference, go to the last photo of the slideshow.
The ring thickness on the model is 1mm.
As we currently dwell in Mexico, provide a period of 3 to 6 weeks to receive your order for free with normal post service. Thank you for taking this information into account before ordering in our shop. At checkout, you will also have the option of choosing an express shipping. (please, read the complete conditions of shipping here).
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I hope you will love this jewel as much as I enjoyed creating it.
By Emmanuelle Guyon.
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