Every year at this time, I feel called to create a few special pieces of fishy jewelry inspired by the brook trout spawn. This special bracelet features a pair of brookies - hand-sawn and hand-textured right down to the last itty bitty detail, and a trio of tiny Sonoran turquoises set on double discs of sterling silver, textured and oxidized for an old world feel. A hand-forged clasp and links give about an 1 inch of adjustability to this bracelet, it will fit wrists that are 6 to 7 inches in diameter (I have tiny bird bones and it does also fit my wrist; which is closer to 5.75 inches).
Fall is such a magical time of year here on the north shore. I never loved it more than when I was still working as a forest technician on the land. The bugs have died down, the days are still warm, with late summer thunderstorms turning to bluebird skies on a dime. At night, clear starry skies & dancing northern lights if you’re lucky to be a small ways from city lights. Bears gorging happily on berries at dusk, & the clear, cold streams that feed Lake Superior overflowing with beautiful trout & salmon.
One September afternoon I sat just upstream from where the cold water river feeds into the big lake. I’d spent the day working deep down a bush road high up in the Algoma mountain ranges here in northern Ontario. The water was so full of spawning brookies that they were swimming on top of each other. It was a beautiful day, the sun beating down on my back, my body bone tired from a full day of good, honest work, and I had such a peaceful feeling of wonder & belonging in my heart. I hope this ring evokes in you some of the sweet magic of September.
All handcrafted using traditional silversmithing techniques, with my own two hands and a lot of heart and soul. Each North Star Silver order comes lovingly packaged and ready for gift-giving. I use GOTS-certified organic cotton jewelry bags and/or 100% post consumer recycled kraft jewelry boxes with natural cotton filling.
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