"an object surviving from an earlier time, especially one of historical interest.
synonyms: artefact, historical object, ancient object, antiquity, antique, heirloom, object of virtu, curio; fossil"
The Relic Collection is inspired by the wax letter seals themselves. My treasured collection spans from the Middle Ages to mid twentieth century. Not only do their messages inspire me, but the wear and tear and evidence of use reminds me that ordinary people used these objects and valued these objects for centuries.
The wear and tear makes them more poignant, and the evidence of use brings the past closer to us. I wonder who dropped this seal to create that mark and who scratch that part of the handle with their finger ring? Who wore down the left side as they leaned a little heavier towards that side. Every mark and flaw is a badge of honour. 'This piece has been cherished and used and valued to the extent that it survives intact today.... hundreds of years after their production.'
Using age old materials that have been valued for their preciousness and beauty from the beginning of time, to the age old techniques of metal-smithing and forging. Using flame and fire and basic tools. to turn these elements into heirloom quality jewellery.
Each one is made by hand one at a time on my jewellers bench. All will be slightly different.
The use of my trade mark texture denotes and symbolises the age and wear of these 'relics'. A patina is used to darken the silver making the blackened silver a foil for the 18 karat gold.
This rugged, aged, appearance will only get better with time as you add your own wear and tear and marks and the patina develops.
This Relic Ring features the image know as 'Pliny's doves' and is taken from the image of a mosaic from Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, which was re-discovered in 1737.
It was described by Pliny in 77AD as an example of the highest achievement in art.
It became a popular image found in souvenirs collected on the 'grand tours' of the 1700 and 1800's.
The sterling silver image was set in an 18 karat gold bezel. The ring is a heavy luxurious band that has been textured and adorned with thick paint strokes of gold. It is stamped inside with 'swalk' and 18K and .925. The whole piece was then patinated and hand polished.
The completed piece weighs 10g (maybe more or less depending on size ordered) the face of the ring measures 12.8mm x 14.5. The band is 7.6mm wide and 1.6mm thick.
This ring will come in a lovely Black and Gold Box and a 'SWALK' organic cotton pouch. There is an explanation card and care instructions provided also.
Please choose your ring size in the drop-down menu. This ring is made to order and made to fit you, so please allow a weeks production time before dispatch.
Please contact me for any more info....
For further information about antique seals, SWALK designs or the designer please visit:
My website: https://www.swalk.ie