IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Jewel of the day: Ka-Gold Shinto Gate Gold Ring

Ka-Gold is designed by David Weitzman. He notes about himself, “I’m a cosmic jewelry artist. My biggest inspiration in designing sacred and symbolic jewelry comes in knowing I can impact people’s lives. My work harnesses the power of spiritual symbols and sacred geometry from around the world to bring those wearing my sacred jewelry happiness, vitality, excitement, and love. My jewels are meticulously crafted to work on conscious and subconscious levels to inspire people’s lives.”

This ring is a perfect evocation of his design statement. He notes about it, “Symbol of the gate to the holy where the key is the wearer. Jewel’s intention: Understand that the key for creation and sanctity is within yourself.”

The inspiration for the design comes from Shinto gates. “The ring is made in the shape of the Torii gate that appears at the entrances of Shinto shrines and other holy places in Japan. The gate symbolizes the entrance to the holy space where there are good spirits and forces of nature. The origin of the Torii comes from an old Japanese legend; The sun goddess having become extremely annoyed with her prankster brother,  hid herself in a cave and sealed the entrance with a rock, which led to an eclipse. The people were afraid that if the sun never returned, they would all die. So, taking the advice of a passing wise an old man, they built a large bird perch out of wood, and placed all of the town’s roosters on this perch. They all started to crow noisily, causing the curious sun goddess to peek out of her cave. Having opened a crack in the door, a large sumo wrestler from the town ran up and pushed the rock away, letting the sun out and thus – the world was saved. That bird perch was the first Torii gate. From then on, the Torii became a symbol of prosperity and good fortune, and it spread all over Japan.

The ring is engraved with a sentence in Hebrew: “The space is full of mystery, because the space is divided by time. Search within yourself for the key to time-space and open the gate”. The Ring symbolizes the entrance to higher and hidden spaces, the key to these spaces being the person himself.  The ring is dedicated to the well known Japanese animation artist – Hayao Miyazaki.”

This is available in various karats of yellow and white gold; the 14k yellow gold version shown sells for USD$1,137. It is also available in silver for USD$103.

ka-gold-shinto-gate-ring

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