Like a beautiful relic from the forest, an actual linden tree twig was used to form this nature-inspired ring. It is carefully hand-cast in sterling silver using lost-wax casting. I've soldered a fine silver bezel setting for an iridescent blue and black Pietersite gemstone onto the band. The ring is oxidized and hand-polished to enhance the bark detail and to achieve a highlighted shine.
Be sure to hover over the photos to get a good look at the swirling play of light and color in this gorgeous gemstone.
Pietersite, also called "eagle's eye," was named in honor of Sid Pieters who discovered it in 1962 in Namibia, Africa. Pietersite is a trade name for a dark blue-grey breccia aggregate made up mainly of hawk's eye and tigereye. Pietersite is a stone that exhibits chatoyancy; the quality of changing in color or luster depending on the angle of light.
Because its swirling colors resemble a storm, pietersite is known as tempest stone. Pietersite discharges negative energies and emotional turmoil while cleansing the aura, restoring it to calm. Pietersite is thought to work with the body during meditation, rapidly moving into a higher state of awareness.
This ring is size 7. The band at its widest points measures about 4mm. The stone is measures 25mm long x 20mm wide.