A silversmith's diary

A silversmith's diary

vendredi 25 novembre 2016

No stone wedding ring

Or better said how to marry with a symbol ring?

When we first decided to get married, I did not want a bling ring, nor did I want a simple ring. What I wanted the most was a ring that could remind me our story, the reason why we decided to spend the rest of our lives together.

A few years ago, we participated in an archeological excavation in an ancient grave, in the Mexican jungle. This was the moment that bonded our lives. We contracted a lethal virus (the 4 persons involved in the excavation) a few days later. Our blessing in this tragedy was that a specialized doctor in histoplasmosis was working at the state hospital of the region and that he diagnosed us with the first symptoms. I would not be here telling you this story if it was not for this doctor and believe me that every extra day in our lives is a beautiful day.

Histoplasmosis is the same virus that killed archeologists at the beginning of the 20th century in the tomb of Tutankhamen, or better known as the malediction of Tutankhamen. The virus we breathed was located in roots in the tomb that has been closed for more than 900 years in the jungle, in the south of Mexico. I wanted to remember this symbol on our rings.

I imagined and created my wedding ring with handmade sterling silver wires and balls reminding me of the rotten roots as well as the lethal micro spores we breathed without noticing them.  My husband (who is an archeologist) wanted to have a hint at Lord Carnarvon who unfortunately lost his life in 1923 after discovering the tomb of the famous Egyptian pharaoh. His ring represents the name of Tutankhamen in Egyptian hieroglyphs.

And you, what does your ring represent for you?

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