At the beginning of the year, I chose for myself the word "daring". As a maker of talismans, I felt that I was perhaps lacking in this area, I needed my own talisman for daring. I intended it to be my Warrior of Beauty ring.
What does being a warrior mean to me? Well, nothing to do with fighting, but everything to do with being completely committed and not willing to give up on something that is held dear. It also requires the willingness to step out in front. Not an easy task at all. Sometimes raising the white flag of surrender seems like the comfortable path.
Mughal Archer Ring
My fascination with archer rings from Mughal India goes back at least a decade, since I first came across them in books of Indian Jewelry. Here was a ring that had a practical purpose. Yet, in the 17th century, they were also made with very little practical purpose, as they were encrusted with rubies and emeralds, unlikely to stand up to any serious archery.
This combination of the warrior lineage of the ring style and the exquisite adornment, well, it was the perfect match for a Warrior of Beauty. I began this ring back in January when I picked my word, but I went through a few different iterations before being satisfied. Here is the side by side view of the wax carving with the finished ring.
Mine has rubies too!
Whether you are a Warrior of Beauty too, or you need another talisman for your purpose in life, I am here for you: