mermaid and shell ring

Hand-carved Mermaid ring, 18K, blue diamond

One of my first rings I carved ever (oh so long ago) was a mermaid ring with two mermaids up each side, very art nouveau (in fact, I think I used a photo of an old art nouveau lamp as inspiration for one of my girls). It turned out kind of great, even though the anatomy was a little, well, off, let’s just say, and the stone I chose, while sentimental, wasn’t exactly a show-stopper. I still have that ring. Why I didn’t carve figures for so long, I don’t know why, because while very challenging, tiny figures in gold are just so damned cool!

This new one is in 18K with a little 5 point blue diamond; she’s around 8mm wide. Now I’ve got three more rings in the works with tiny figures on them and I cannot wait. There’s no stopping now!

Hand-carved Mermaid ring, 18K, blue diamond

Lots more photos after the click!

Hand-carved Mermaid ring, 18K, blue diamond

The shell started as something like a whelk, but this was looking a little weird so I changed it up to a more stylized nautilus. Once I was kayaking in the Sea of Cortez and actually found a teensy little octopus-like thing living inside a gorgeous little semi-translucent shell. It was an amazing little animal (I looked it up later: paper nautilus) and I had him in mind when I carved my shell.

Paper nautilus - Caleta Partida, Baja

I found the photo! Is this not the cutest little guy? I bet I looked some sort of hellish monster from his perspective. I popped him back in the water shortly after this photo and he scooted away.

Hand-carved Mermaid ring, 18K, blue diamond

Hand-carved Mermaid ring, 18K, blue diamond

Hand-carved Mermaid ring, 18K, blue diamond

Faces are so hard! Also, getting the neck length right (at least I always seem to need a couple of tries to get things looking proper). It does not take much to totally lop off a nose, or give the face a funky hollow that suddenly turns your lovely lady into something ghoulish. Ah the impermanence of life, the fleeting nature, etc.

Hand-carved Mermaid ring, 18K, blue diamond

Apparently photographing tiny gold torsos is also hard. This is the least bad shot I got and you still see a huge black splotch (that’s me and my camera, by the way. Like a little self portrait amongst the breasts).

Hand-carved Mermaid ring, 18K, blue diamond

Hand-carved Mermaid ring, 18K, blue diamond

I’m rather proud of her little hand. Thank you.

Hand-carved Mermaid ring, 18K, blue diamond

Hand-carved Mermaid ring, 18K, blue diamond

Hand-carved Mermaid ring, 18K, blue diamond

I had fun carving her swooshy feathery tail.

I should dig out my original mermaid ring and check it out. I hope it’s not as bad as I’m thinking it is. Maybe I’ll do a historical evolution post here, as I still have the first handful of rings I ever carved back in the day. I was ambitious, but also very unskilled, so it might be a little embarrassing. Any interest?

8 Responses to “mermaid and shell ring”

  1. Peg Bowden says:

    Is this a commissioned piece? The scale of the figure and shell is amazing. I’d love to see the earlier mermaid ring.

  2. admin says:

    Yes–this one went to a couple in the UK.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Hi! I love your ring and would love it if you could give me pricing info on it. I know this one is sold but could you make another one? Thank you!!!

  4. Nancy montgomery says:

    I’d be interested in getting a price on a duplicate too!

  5. Greta Brancaleoni says:

    Hi;
    I’d be interested in getting the pice of this ring. Thanks 🙂

  6. Wonderful ring! I’d like to say though that the creature you found was a female, not a male. Only female paper nautilous’ have the shell as it is their egg case. I have come to find it is my totem animal. So very interesting you chose this shell to be depicted with the mermaid.

  7. Stephanie says:

    This is the most absolute gorgeous ring I have ever seen… would it be possible to have one made for me? How much might that cost?

  8. Devin says:

    Also interested in this ring. Could I get a price quote from you as well?

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