Silver Diamond Angle Cut Tree Bark Ring
This sterling blackened silver tree bark ring is made from a cast of real persimmon tree bark. It is .5 of an inch (13mm) at it's widest point. It's 1mm thick. The diamonds are 1.8 and 1.2 mm. They are hand selected H1 G1 diamond cut stone. They are nice stones from a reputable dealer. The ring is oxidized black. The diamonds really pop with the black background.
This version of the diamond bark ring is thicker and wider than the thin bark ring.
"We had a crazy amount of rain in Tennessee last spring and when it let up I was out looking for tidbits. I noticed the bark on the standing deadwood was just peeling off. There was an old persimmon tree that I had gotten fruit from over the years that had died a while back. I carefully peeled a big section of the bark and managed to get it back here to the studio in New York in one piece. The rest is a trade secret. The old time people say that a persimmon seed cut in half can predict what kind of winter it will be. If the inside is spoon shaped there will be a lot of snow. If it is knife shaped bitter cold and a fork shape means a light dusting of snow but mild."
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“Blue Bayer understands the role and importance of the artisan in our era. His work is like a kaleidoscopic journey through the landfill of classic Americana. The pieces in his collection seem as if they could have been excavated from any decade of the last century. They are powerful in their simplicity, combining grace and kinetic energy with a stage presence that makes them the perfect conversation piece, yet impossible to describe.” Leo Herrera, 2010
Blue Bayer Design Studio was founded in 2008 by Blue Bayer, a New York-based craftsman.
Blue is an independent artist whose roots in underground consumer culture and decades of experience as a street vendor across the country, fostered a merchant philosophy based on original work, quality and customer service at the most direct level.
Blue’s career began selling hand-sculpted smoking pipes in the national Renaissance Fair Circuit, soon becoming a staple in the largest fairs in the country. Like all of his modern work, his pieces were filled with a whimsical innocence combined with a macabre edge, like Fantasy characters in an Edwardian novel, and for years, they were very popular.
After a decade of selling pipes, in 2007, Blue decided to expand his demographic. He began exploring estate sales and flea markets, collecting clock gears, rhinestones, vintage tin photos, lockets and old silverware. Through a year of experimentation, he created his first jewelry line, Assemblagio, a collection of wearable dioramas. He began selling them in the streets of NYC alongside the pipes and the reception was overwhelming. Soon, Blue was forced to scale down his street vending, quit the pipes and he began concentrating on pieces for a select number of collectors.
In 2008, feeling limited, Blue decided to expand. The goal was to keep the originality of his previous collection, while providing to a wider score of people. He enlisted the help of two fellow artisans to create Blue Bayer Design Studio. Master carver Keith Keary, whose prodigious skills at wax carving could provide Blue Bayer the opportunity to art-direct the production of cast pieces, and Leo Herrera, visual artist and filmmaker, who could provide the language of image and design to convey the mood inherent in Blue’s aesthetic to an online audience.
The first collection, inspired by wildlife and Victorian mementos, was launched in December of 2008 through the world’s largest handmade goods marketplace, Etsy.com. Within a year, demand was exceeding supply and Blue became one of the biggest success stories from Etsy, soon becoming a “Featured Artist” with thousands of followers. In spite of the economical recession, or perhaps because of it, Blue Bayer Design Studio experienced an inspiring trajectory in a very short time. As consumers realized the true value of their dollar, the originality and affordability of his pieces held a special resonance to performers, fashion editors and consumers of every genre.