A friend of mine suffered a broken piece of jewelry. She loved the stone but the ring was far too fragile to hold up under the riggers of using her hands on a daily basis. She is a professional body worker and required a design strong enough to withstand pushing muscles, moving equipment and a lot more. The goal was to create a durable ring of elegant design ~ reflecting her love of health an beauty.
The result: a custom, one-of-a-kind Garden Ring of Amethyst and Sterling Silver. Vines wrap around the stone with leafy foliage winding down the shank. The ring has many hidden open voids to allow light to bounce around the stone: set into a sculpted cage of leaves, prongs textured with veins. The shape of the stone (a triangle) is focused to “extend” beyond the hand, allowing the flow of design to harness the shape of the stone. Now in a private collection – no mold was taken for reproduction: truly a unique ring. If you want something like it, please visit my how to order custom page.
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A variation on a theme: the Lover’s Knot. For centuries, this has been used in rigging by sailors, the merging of two ropes extending the use of one by merging it with the other: a knot that makes the bond stronger. In the Traditional Lover’s Knot Ring, I developed the design as a promise ring, hand fasting or wedding ring. I have used the same knotwork pattern in the creation of the Handfasting Bracelet.
Some have decided they like the idea yet wanted something a little different, so I designed the knot to be more “Celtic”, using the traditional knot work approach illustrated in the book of Kells. The weaving “in and out” says the same thing: two become one, their strength is greater than the sum of it’s parts; a metaphor describing how a couple’s commitment may strengthen each others’ lives. This Celtic version of the Lover’s Knot is woven “in and out” providing a more dense look to the design. By following the strands that wrap around the band you can see that the “two (chords) are one”. This design has been used to symbolize the “wedding knot” for centuries and used in “handfasting”: a promise to be true “for a year and a day”.
If you would like to have this ring made for you, don’t worry about sizes, each is made as they are ordered to allow for the right size and the possibility of inscriptions to be made on the inside of the band. Simply go to my web page featuring the Celtic Lover’s Knot Ring.
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created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin
Handfasting was practiced in Northern Europe
as a primary stage to marriage
still practiced into modern times.
“Handfasting” is derived from the verb
used for making a contract of marriage.
The couple is promised for “a year and a day”
as they hand-festa
(Norse:” to strike a bargain by joining hands”).
The rite varies between practitioners
but usually incorporates the participants
to bind their hands together with ribbon or chord;
a physical extension of promises made and kept.
Using a design of two strands creating a combined knot
stronger than the sum of it’s parts.
The bracelets are to be put on during the ceremony
and worn for the “year and a day”;
then cherished as a keepsake when the marriage is preformed.
Many have chosen the bracelets for handfasting
and the rings for the marriage.
The Handfasting Rings
hold the same knot work design
for those people that find the bracelet too cumbersome.
Lovers Knot Ring
I have made another version of the Lovers Knot,
giving it a more “Celtic” feel:
weaving the knot work in to a more intricate design.
Celtic Lovers Knot Ring
If you are looking for a custom piece to be created for you,
I can design a knot work for your Wedding
or Handfasting that would be a “two of a kind” set.
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created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin
A Gentleman’s request for some formal wear;
something he could use at his Masonic Lodge.
Typically the combination of a pentacle with the classic square and compass is hard to find
– if not impossible.
However after some design decisions,
he decided we go ahead with the project.
Each of the pieces were created by hand:
carved in wax and using the lost wax process cast in sterling silver.
The woven pentacle with it’s circle used as the foundation of the design,
the the compass and square laid over the top and crowned with the classic “G” in the center.
The ring was built on a classic shank which smoothly fits the hand.
For the cuff links,
the design was mounted on a “solid state” style of cuff links,
omitting a chance of breakage for years of wear.
The style of the links are of a “pillar” design:
each of the caps conforming to either the base of the link
or the top design of the Masonic Symbol.
Matching Masonic Cuffs and Ring
When I asked him for a quick review, in his worlds:
“I really like the ring and cuff links I had specially designed.
They have met my expectations
thanks for making them.”
The Gentleman wore his Masonic Ring and Cuff set to his Ceremony
the evening he received them.
If you are interested in having something made which is hard to find,
please go to my How to order custom jewelry page.
is an ancient design used by the Druids of Olde.
This symbol has been recognized and harnessed by the Neo-Pagan movement
to symbolize the emanation of the Light,
brought into manifestation in the material world.
In his research Isaac Bonewits wrote about it’s use and lore:
In his words:
“The sign of “the Three Rays”
is used by members of the United Ancient Order of Druids,
the Ancient Order of Druids,
the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids,
and many other followers of Druidry.
It can be seen as symbolizing Sky Father Energy
in balance with the Earth Mother energy of the Druid Sigil,
as well as any of a thousand other sets of three ideas.”
Since the creation of the Winter Awen Amulet,
I have received numerous requests to create a Winter Awen Ring.
The original amulet was similar to Isaac’s piece
in that is is in the shape of the Awen:
a wreath of leaves with three staves descending from the top
however like the Winter version,
the leaves are of Holly, the “dots” are pine cones.
I have also trailed down the sides of the ring with holly,
and a cluster of berries crown the top of the piece.
Winter Awen Ring
In the original design,
the central “ray” of the Awen is exposed,
here in the new Winter version,
the Holly covers the stave and it appears below.
This additional feature reflects
the idea of how the light is obscured
in the Winter
only to re-emerge “un-looked for”; the triumph of the Light.
The Winter Awen Ring is now available through Amulets by Merlin,
to order your Awen Ring,
please visit my Awen Ring page.
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This was originally an amulet,
a rather large one.
I have made several versions of the Green Man over the years,
however this is my favorite.
Some time ago
I tried as an experiment
to see how this would look
as a ring with a leaf pattern for the shank.
Sometimes when you look up into the forest’s branches,
one can see images like faces in the leaves.
In the elder days,
that “face” was said to be a vision of the Green Man.
This “Spirit of the Wood”
was revered through out the Celtic lands
as a manifestation of the Woods themselves,
an aspect of the God. Later,
lore has it spoken of the Green Man through out the legends of Arthur.
This is my own interpretation of the Lord of the Trees,
bedecked with acorns and leaves.
Green Man Ring
In this version,
I used malachite as the forehead’s stone.
I also brightened the leaves I used for the setting.
Shown here with Malachite,
also available with lapis lazuli or Carnelian.
Each is made as ordered: so when you get one,
it will be made specially for you.
It is not a small ring:
the face is 1 3/8” from leafy beard to the top.
To get your Green Man Ring,
please go to my Green Man Ring Page
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The Ouroboros (also spelled Uroboros and Oroboris),
an ancient symbol of a serpent swallowing its own tail.
From 1600 B.C. in Egypt to the movie: “the Never Ending Story”
the Ouroboros has been found in cultures through out the ages.
The Ouroboros Ring
The Ouroboros often represents cyclical or self-reflexivity,
something constantly re-creating itself,
the eternal return,
beginning anew after each cycle.
persisting from the beginning
with such force and quality
it cannot be destroyed.
The Ouroboros has been important
in religious and mythological images,
and alchemical illustrations,
It symbolizes the circular nature of their work.
The Ouroboros Ring
Features a small diamond shape in the forehead
symbolizing the “third eye”
perception through illusion;
lightly textured and smooth for comfort.
Each ring is made as it is ordered,
providing the recipient to request unusual sizes.
To get your Ouroborus Ring, please visit my Ouroboros Ring Page
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