This particular ring is made from a plate with a classical Scottish design, probably aimed at the tourist market. There is no maker's mark on the back, and so no provenance is known. I doubt there is any particular vintage to this plate, but it touches my wee Scottish heart (my mum was born in Edinburgh) and is so lovely that I couldn't help making some gorgeous pieces from it.

 

This ring shows one of the classic symbols of Scotland, the purple thistle.
The prickly thistle was adopted as the Emblem of Scotland during the reign of Alexander III (1249 -1286). Legend has it that an army of King Haakon of Norway, intent on conquering the Scots, landed at the coast of Largs, near the Firth of Clyde, under the cover of darkness to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. In order to move more stealthily the Norsemen removed their footwear.
As they drew near to the Scots one of Haakon's men unfortunately stood on a thistle, one of these spiny little defenders, and shrieked out in pain, alerting the Clansmen to their danger, and allowing them to turn the tide of the battle.

 

The silver in this ring is sterling silver, and is stamped with the .925 stamp.
This round ring is 20mm across and 5mm deep.
The ring is fully adjustable to fit all sizes.

 

The vintage china I use in my jewellery pieces is all recycled from pieces found at garage sales and op. shops, or through vintage dealers, who are happy to pass on some of their less-than-perfect items. I carefully cut out the selected section of china, shape it by hand, then grind the edges nice and smooth. I securely fix the piece into the sterling silver blank, then grout it so it stays firmly in place.
As with all artisan jewellery, some care needs to be taken to keep your piece in as-new condition. The vintage china in your particular piece could be up to a hundred years old, and needs to be treated accordingly. It is not recommended that you swim or shower whilst wearing your jewellery, nor that you wear it gardening or playing sport or any other activity where the item may get badly knocked. China is breakable, after all.
The sterling silver bezel and the chain will enjoy a regular simple polish with a quality silvercloth. If you do use silver polish, do not get it on the china or the grout. Do not use strong chemicals on your jewellery.

Scottish thistle ring

AU$65.00Price
  • The vintage china I use in my jewellery pieces is all recycled from pieces found at garage sales and op. shops, or through vintage dealers, who are happy to pass on some of their less-than-perfect items. I carefully cut out the selected section of china, shape it by hand, then grind the edges nice and smooth. I securely fix the piece into the sterling silver blank, then grout it so it stays firmly in place.
    As with all artisan jewellery, some care needs to be taken to keep your piece in as-new condition. The vintage china in your particular piece could be up to a hundred years old, and needs to be treated accordingly. It is not recommended that you swim or shower whilst wearing your jewellery, nor that you wear it gardening or playing sport or any other activity where the item may get badly knocked. China is breakable, after all.
    The sterling silver bezel and the chain will enjoy a regular simple polish with a quality silvercloth. If you do use silver polish, do not get it on the china or the grout. Do not use strong chemicals on your jewellery.