Encircling the Earth
Ouroboros ring – Jörmungandr handcrafted and Recycled antique sterling silver fork
The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent eating its own tail. It often represents the cycle of birth and death. The eternal return and the idea of unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished. In the ancient mythology of sea faring Norse ancestors one of Loki’s sons, Jörmungandr was thrown into the ocean by Odin and grew so large that he encirlced the earth. This idea of a serpent encircling the earth to keep the water contained is shared by many ancient cultures around the earth and particularly resonates with me for many, many reasons.
Ouroboros symbolism has been used to describe Kundalini energy. According to the second century Yoga Kundalini Upanishad, “The divine power, Kundalini, shines like the stem of a young lotus; like a snake, coiled round upon herself she holds her tail in her mouth and lies resting half asleep as the base of the body”. Another interpretation is that Kundalini equates to the entwined serpents of the caduceus, the entwined serpents representing medicine in the west or, esoterically, human DNA.
The chrysopoeia ouroboros of Cleopatra the Alchemist is one of the oldest images of the ouroboros to be linked with the legendary opus of the alchemists, the philosopher’s stone. As a symbol of the eternal unity of all things, the cycle of birth and death.
This beautiful little ring is a true Hairy Growler original recycled ring. Totally handcrafted and completely 100% recycled, zero waste. Each ring is created by heating up an old, discarded antique silver fork tine and forming it into a ring, lovingly manipulated into the Ouroboros. Each one is custom made to order and is meticulously hand cut, hand carved with traditional hand tools and techniques. You are welcome to choose Ruby, Emerald or Amethyst eyes, these are encased in solid 18ct gold settings.
Size : Approx 2mm wide band, head approx 5mm