This finish has a dark grey hue and is fully oxidised with liver of sulphur that will rub away over time to an antique finish with wear (you can maintain oxidisation with a few tools, check here) Here are some examples of this finish;
This finish has been oxidised, but most of the oxidisation has been rubbed away so that the silver (or bronze) shows through and the crevices have an antique time worn look to them. The metal isn't shiny but has a matte feel. It will slowly shine up over time with wear. Here are some examples of antique matte finish;
Like antique matte, the piece has been oxidised, and rubbed away to have an antique like finish, but this option has a shiny finish rather than matte, and the silver (of bronze) shines through just a bit more. Here are some examples of antique polished jewellery;
Bright Silver Polished:
This finish has no oxidisation, and has been polished to a bright white silver shine (or bronze/gold depending on your custom metal choice).
Although this option isn't usually available in my listings, if you ask for it I am happy to do it on nearly any of my items.
This ring inspired by the Croatoan Mystery (Read below). It is almost a victorian mourning inspired tribute to the lost souls of Roanoke Island. It is part of my "Killing Moon" Collection.
It features a beautiful rose cut gemstone (Onyx, Hessonite garnet or Grey/black Moonstone) set in re-worked vintage sterling silver vine entwined setting. It is large and cocktail size but so elegant and eerie. The sterling silver setting comes in a fully oxidised finish, but i am happy to do it in an antique matte or antique polished finish (Just leave a note in the comments box when checking out.
The ring is 3.7cm long, 2.2cm wide and 1cm tall.
As this is made to order, Please allow 1-3 weeks for me to make and send this item
In 1587, the English, led by John White and financed by Sir Walter Raleigh, made their second attempt at setting up a colony on Roanoke Island, which now lies just off the coast of North Carolina in the USA. The colonists disappeared, however, during the Anglo-Spanish War, three years after the last shipment of supplies from England. The settlement is known as “The Lost Colony,” and the fate of the colonists is still unknown. When Joh White returned to the island in 1590, there was no trace of anyone, the cabins had been taken down, the livestock had also disappeared. All that remained was two graves, and the word "Croatoan" carved in to a post, and "CRO" Carved in to a nearby tree. There are many Theories as to what happened to the 118 settlers. My favourite is this one: The Croatans themselves believed that the island had a spirit and, if angered, this spirit had the power to change those who offended it into the form of animals, trees and rocks. So perhaps this is the explanation – that none of the people affected really disappeared but were simply transformed.
Interesting facts: Edgar Allan Poe was brought to his death bed in a state of delirium whispering the word “Croatoan”. The same word was found in other places at other times: scribbled in the journal of Amelia Earhart after her disappearance in 1937, carved into the post of the last bed that the celebrated horror author Ambrose Bierce slept in before he vanished in Mexico in 1913, scratched on the wall of the cell that the notorious stagecoach robber Black Bart inhabited before he was released from prison in 1888 never to be seen again, and, most disturbingly of all, written on the last page of the logbook of the ship Carroll A. Deering when it ran aground with no one aboard on Cape Hatteras in 1921 (not that far from what was once known as Croatoan Island)
Beautiful quality, and completely magical!
A soft-blue-glowy moonstone is perfect in this setting. It feels like the ring from a myth or fairy tale. The Croatoan has fast become my fave ring design - it is SO comfortable! - and magical.
Charlotte's wonderful - she responds so fast to messages and lets you choose the perfect stone for the setting. This was a custom green labradorite Croatoan - and it's gorgeous: the green stone is perfect for the 'foresty' setting. I love it!
Love, love, love this! Deep, rich red garnet - fairy tale twig and leaf design. Again: Charlotte does NOT disappoint! Beautiful ring...
Absolutely gorgeous! I adore your attention to detail and craftswomanship. Thank you Charlotte; I will treasure this.