This raven ring is an original piece from Blue Bayer Design NYC. The raven's head and the ring were carved in wax here and cast in sterling silver. The whole process is done in NYC.
The scale of this piece is really nice. The raven is an inch long. This piece is a departure from the skull series and a venture into a new realm.
This ring is made to order. Please allow two weeks for it to be mailed out.
If you are into history as I am you might really be interested by this article on ravens and their cultural significance through the ages : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_depictions_of_ravens
The raven was a common device used by the Vikings. Ragnar Lodbrok had a raven banner called Reafan, embroidered with the device of a raven. It was said that if this banner fluttered, Lodbrok would carry the day, but if it hung lifeless the battle would be lost. King Harald Hardrada also had a raven banner, called Landeythan (land-waster). The bird also appears in the folklore of the Isle of Man, a former Viking colony, and it is used as a symbol on their coat of arms.
The Celts believed that Crow was an omen of death and conflict. She was associated with death transitions. Another belief was that the birds were faeries who shape-shifted to cause troubles. Magickal qualities included bringing knowledge, shape-shifting, eloquence, prophecy, boldness, skill, knowledge, cunning, trickery and thievery.
In the Middle Ages, people believed that sorcerers and witches used the symbol of Crow’s foot to cast death spells.
In most of England, seeing a solitary crow meant anger, but in Northamptonshire, it meant ill fortune. Crow, cawing in a hoarse voice, meant bad weather. A death omen was a crow cawing thrice as it flew over a house. The Irish believed that Crow flocking in trees, but not nesting were souls from Purgatory. Finding a dead crow was a sign of good fortune. Russians believed that witches took the shape of Crow.
Here is a good link for figuring out your ring size :
Here is a link for converting your EU and other country's ring sizes to US sizes
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