From the beginning, Amulets by Merlin has provided a service: special pieces designed either by or for those in need of special jewelry and sculpture. Upon occasion I have the honor to develop these images into amulets and talismans inspired by visions.
Last Fall George Clark (the leader of the Spiritual Architect Movement) approached me with an image which came to him in a dream: The Spark.
As he put it:
“This main symbol on the face of the ring is called “The Spark” and as a whole represents the Spark of life, thought, idea and creation. The outside points represents the 4 directions (North, East, South, West) and also the explosion of thought and intent. The outer most circle surrounding the stone represents our connectedness to each other and all things around us. The intersecting lines represent our different paths that we all travel toward… The inner most circle which represents enlightenment.”
This one of a kind ring was specially made to be both chunky and light. He lives in a climate which can be pretty hot and humid, so his request was to design the ring with “air flow”, so I modified the ring to have a stout shank (the band around the finger) and an air channel in the inside of the ring. On the flanks of the shank I have opened passages around The Spark symbols to provide air flow to the shank and to the head (top portion of the ring). The head of the ring is domed on the inside, raising the mass of the ring from the finger.
Because of the design’s requirements to have The Spark symbol over the stone, I have devised the stone to be set from the interior of the ring. An Almandine Garnet was selected, however I wanted to provide him the option to change out the stone. In order to do this I created a watch-back setting behind the stone to lock it into place. With the aide of a jeweler, he can change out the stone for a different one with no damage to the ring itself. The Spark “cage” is sculpted over the stone and provides a shield of protection of the garnet.
If you have a design for a special piece, feel free to view my How to order Custom page in my website.