This sterling silver ring is part of the Bear Track Collection by Michael Horse. The bear paw setting is tufa cast - more about that below. Michael set a fabulous natural red coral in the paw. Natural red coral is increasing in price due to the increasing difficulty in finding it. Fortunately, a movement to protect corals is gaining traction around the world. The band is split shank, and has to etched lines on each side. Signed "Michael Horse" on the back. The ring can be sized up to 10.
Bears are associated with healing at all levels, protection, and a reminder to restore oneself during the winter months. In some traditions a part of the bear is rubbed all over infants to imbue them with power, strength, and good health.
Size: 8.5 / 1.5" L x .875" W / Coral .75" L x .675" W
More about award-winning jeweler, ledger painter, and actor, Michael Horse HERE
Tufa is a volcanic stone which can be as dense as chalk which has an organic texture. The first thing a jeweler does is examine a piece of tufa for any tiny fractures. If it looks good, the tufa is cut in half and, if there is a design, it is carved into the tufa. There is a pour hole carved into the top and several narrow vents carved into each side. The two pieces are then bound together tightly and molten silver or gold is poured through the hole at the top. If there are any microscopic cracks, the tufa explodes when the metal is poured in and the process has to begin again.