"Míriel" is a Celtic name that means "jewel-garlanded maiden" (or others say it means "sparkling jewel"). This ring is a one of a kind otherworldly treasure from the sea shores and forest line of the artist's imagination. Imagine walking along a shoreline collecting shells in a small basket and happening upon this treasure. You run home, legs brushing against ferns and thousand year old trees, eager to share your finding with your loved one at home.
In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal.It was also said to grant invisibility if wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and held in the hand.
"Míriel" features hand-carved leaves on a split woodland textured band. If you examine the leaves closely, they have droplets of dew on them as if kissed by the waves.
Opals are what I call a water gemstone...The name opal is believed to be derived from the Sanskrit word upala, which means 'jewel', and later the Greek derivative opállios, which means 'to see a change in color'. This 2.92ct boulder opal comes from Australia and was mined and cut/polished by a talented family in Australia.
- This ring is currently a size 6, but we can resize it for you prior to shipping. We can resize this ring in-house complimentary to you down to size 4 and up to size 8.5 (quarter/half/whole sizes 4–8.5; please see the resizing info below)...possibly a bit further (please use our Contact page to inquire).
RESIZING INFO (for the finished ready-to-ship ring in the photos): complimentary in-house resizing up or down takes approx. 14 business days to complete as it is not a fast process and takes several hours (sometimes a full day) of careful work. Please select your ring size from the drop-down menu.
- Details about this gemstone: approx. 2.92ct (9.8mm x 15.3mm) size freeform cut Australian boulder opal (not a doublet) The opal was mined in Australia which has some of the most stringent environmental laws in the world for mining these colorful gems. Opal is the only gemstone that represents all of the colors of the rainbow (not every opal will take this "snapshot" of every color, although they will often contain multiple colors). The flash and colors within opal are observable due to a phenomenon called light refraction (similar to the effect of a prism). Light passes through the stone and allows one to observe "color". This is why different lighting situations may change the look of the opal. It is truly magical!
- Opal care: Australian opals are not particularly sensitive to water as Ethiopian opals and are stable, however, they are otherwise known as nature's glass. They do require extra care to protect them from scratching and cracking. We'd advise you to remove your ring when doing any activities that could damage the ring to be on the safe side, but otherwise, it is a beautiful ring to wear and can be enjoyed every day (just needs a little extra loving care than something like a diamond or sapphire).
- Hand carved & one of a kind: hand-carved ring made by the artist in wax, cast in 14K gold (the wax is burned away and only the gold remains in the final piece); no mold was taken of this ring so it is the only one like it in the world.
- low profile ring that sits directly on the finger (please note that a curved band could be stacked below...please reach out for suggestions, if desiring a ring set)
- All Knot & Splice gemstones are carefully sourced
- Band width: approx. 2.5–2.6mm x 1.5 mm thick (in the back, does not include the split band measurement of front); this band is organic and a bit wavy which is the artist's intentional style
- Center bezel setting size: 10.1 mm x 15.55 mm
- Currently a polished finish (can be finished with a matte/brushed finish...please note, as you wear the ring, it will burnish and become more polished with time); polishing and brushed finishes will wear as they are loved and worn.
- 14K yellow gold (we use recycled milled metals)
- hallmarked "14K" and signed "NJM" (Nicole Jo Melton) on the inside band
General shipping details:
- There is only one ready-to-ship ring (finished photographed ring). Please see our current processing times on the FAQ page; please allow up to 14 business days for resizing (complimentary)
- SHIPPING within the US: this fine jewelry order will be fully insured in the US via Third Party insurance (not noted on the outside of the package) with a signature required for delivery. There is no need to purchase additional insurance.
- International shipping: please select UPS expedited, USPS Priority Mail, or Priority Mail Express for this item. Your package will be shipped with full third-party insurance and a signature required.
Please note: While every effort is made to photograph the items to be an accurate representation, photography and computer monitors have limitations and differences. These images were taken with a Canon DSLR and macro lens (this shows much more detail than the eye can see). Colors and brightness may vary on different devices. I believe these pieces look so much prettier in person when held in the hand and admired by the eye (I've also been told this many times by Knot & Splice customers). I hope you're delighted when you receive your special piece.