’till death do us part…

’till death do us part…

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 amulet handcrafted from old silver coins, 100% original and recycled.  The rings are individually hand cut and carved using traditional hand tools and age old techniques worthy of such ceremony.  Subsequently there are plenty of historical pointers and details to be found in and around the ring once the impact of the skull has been appreciated.  The Day of the Dead rings, like the festival are depicted as joyous rather than mournful figures.

These day of the dead rings are difficult to cut and engrave and the space is small at only 16 – 18 mm diameter working area.  The special rings are handmade from a pair of silver coins. They are not mass produced ‘cast’ rings.  Each and every one will be made to order.  The day of the dead ring 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. The skull is meticulously carved away 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.

Sizes (approx) : 

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

£565

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

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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.

Sizes (Approx) 

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

4 reviews for ’till death do us part…

  1. Olly

    Holly shit.

    I bought these because i was getting hitched and a knew my girl would freak out when she saw them. I was right, you are a master, they are awesome, more real (obviously) than any picture could transmit. I love every last hammer mark and carving line, they are wicked mate. See you at Glasto next year, the pear cider is on us.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alejandra Laorrabaquio

    Superb Calavera!!

    I’m a Mexican and totally in love with sugar skulls. I have a collection of calaveras, but these two are truly the most intricate and lovely that I have seen.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Edwards

    I hope to own one one day

    These designs are amazing, I love all hairy growlers work because of the level of detail and the recycling element, but I especially love day of the dead inspired things

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kimmy and Brent

    The best wedding rings EVER!

    These are actually our wedding rings! We are so proud and honored that our rings are featured as the new standard. They are even more beautiful and perfect in person then you can even imagine. They are so amazing and we can’t wait to wear them for the rest of our lives!

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NECKLACE INFORMATION

Many of the necklace / pendant designs are complete. These designs have a sterling silver chain attached to the pendant from both sides. This design is perfect for looking in a mirror to fasten the necklace. It also makes a fabulous feature of the handmade hook catch (and star if chosen).  The necklace length you choose includes the length of the actual pendant. Do not worry about the pendant dimensions we will take care of your order. Order the necklace length you would normally wear and the necklace you receive will sit in the perfect position..

 

BRACELET INFORMATION

Extra small : approx 170 mm

Small size : approx 185 mm

Medium size : approx 195 mm

Large size : approx 210 mm (good size if you want a looser dangly medium fit)

XL size approx 225 mm (includes an extra link; i.e. another lovely flower, butterfly, bird, etc section custom made)

XXL size approx 250 mm ((includes an extra two links; i.e. another couple of lovely flower, butterfly, bird, etc sections custom made)

Ring Sizes.

A local jeweller will happily provide you the ring size you require for the desired finger you wish to adorn! Its a quick, easy, simple process we all offer!However if you are buying a surprise gift please fee free to download this simple ring size guide to help.

Silver Chain lengths size guide

Silver chain lengths are many and various.  Mostly it comes down to two factors your size and individual style.  These will determine whats going to suit you at the times you are wearing it.  Click the link to see a guide of the most popular sizes and how they look, comparatively.