It’s taken me months of design, carving, redesign, recarving, and redesigning yet again, but I’ve finally finished what I consider to be the ultimate square gemstone ring. The Leonids master cast is finally finished and set with kingman turquoise straight outta the mouth of the mine.
I’ve talked about the design in the previous post, so I’ll just get straight in to how proud I am of the final product.
She’s going to be for sale in January, though I have sold a few pre-orders that will be shipping in the next three or four weeks. Running at $495 a pop, she’s sporting a full 28mm in height and features two hand-carved skulls on either side of the shank. We can knock a tooth out or two if you want them to look banged up or we can round out the eyes for more of a sugar skull look. Room on the foreheads of each for initials or whatever else you want.
On the back of the shank, I’ve put in a single eye and a bone crossbar. Kind of morbid? Maybe, but this bad motherfucker is the sculptural embodiment of some of the themes of Blood Meridian (probably my favorite novel) and I wanted it to be as elegant as it is brutal.
Like I said before, I’m getting the stones direct from the mine, so turnaround time is a little slower than usual. I’ve sold 6 of my first batch of stones in pre-order and I’ll probably sell the next group just as quickly before these finally go up on the site in January. Color and inflection of the stones will vary and I’d caution you guys to be careful with these. They’re tough as hell, but turquoise is a more delicate stone and if punching things is a regular part of your routine, I might suggest ordering a Jupiter from me instead so you don’t crack and screw up these gorgeous baby-blues. Or at least take it off first.