Day of the Dead ring- Recycled 100 year old silver coins
Day of the Dead ring (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is an ancient Aztec celebration some believe dates back over 3000 years. Today it is a fabulous Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.
The calaca is a figure of a skull or skeleton (usually human) commonly used for decoration during the Mexican Day of the Dead festival, although they are made all year round. Tracing their origins from Aztec imagery, calacas are frequently shown with marigold flowers and foliage. As with other aspects of the Day of the Dead festival, calacas are generally depicted as joyous rather than mournful figures. They are often shown wearing festive clothing, dancing, and playing musical instruments to indicate a happy afterlife. This draws on the Mexican belief that no dead soul likes to be thought of sadly, and that death should be a joyous occasion. This goes back to Aztec beliefs, one of the few traditions to remain after the Spanish conquest.
Calacas used in the festival include carved skull masks worn by revelers, small figures made out of carved wood or fired clay, and sweet treats in the form of skulls or skeletons. Calacas are sometimes made of wood, stone, or even candy. In this case recycled silver sixpence and shilling coins!
These rings are difficult to cut and engrave and the space is small at only 16 – 18 mm diameter working area. Each one of these special rings is handmade from a pair of silver coins. They are not mass produced ‘cast’ rings. Each and every one will be made to order. Smaller sizes are made from a pair of lucky sixpences. Medium sizes are made from silver shillings and larger sizes silver Florins. On each ring the Calaca is cut from one of the silver coins and the band of the ring from the other coin. Throughout the band the details of the original coin are visible. The bands edges also show the hammer facets and marks left during its creation. One the other coin a marker pen a quick inspired Calaca sugar skull sketch is dropped on to the surface. I then meticulously carve away the design with a traditional hand engraving tool and cut details using a traditional jewellers saw. Once the details are cut the Calaca is joined to the band to form the ring.
As I handcut each coin individually to order every one is completely unique and unusual. They look and feel special. Handcrafted and recycled in Cambridge, UK.
Sixpences : 4 mm wide band – with 17 mm * 15 mm skull
Shillings : 7mm wide band – with 20 mm * 18 mm skull
Florins : 9mm – 10mm wide – band with 23 * 20 mm skull
Halfcrowns : 10mm – 12mm wide band – with 23 * 20 skull
These rings also make tremendous alternative, original wedding bands. Two coins turned into a lovely, original ring. ♻✄➷♥ℋℊ