DescriptionIn Maori legend, the shark – particularly the Hammerhead Shark or Mangopare – was seen as a guardian spirit and child of the God Punga. Te Mangaroa, the shark, was placed by demi-god Maui into the sky at the birth of the world to create the Milky Way. Maori fishermen would call to the shark spirits to rescue them if they capsized at sea, and ask the shark god to carry them safely to land and their loved ones.The shark is seen as a powerful and compassionate symbol and Maori believe it is better to live and die as the powerful Mangopare than as a lesser creature.This beautiful dress ring honours the spirit of Te Mangaroa and is shaped as a shark fin. It is made from eco-friendly Bio-Resin and imbedded Native New Zealand Rimu wood.
The wood used in this jewellery is a by-product of my other product manufacturing and is sourced from homes demolished following the 2010-2011 Christchurch Earthquakes. New Zealand Rimu is a beautiful red and honey coloured wood, long prized as the superior building material in this part of the world.
The Rimu chips are embedded into Super-Sap bio-resin; an eco-friendly material with a certified 40% Bio-based content. This bio-resin is produced to help you reduce your carbon footprint.
Super Sap state that “by employing green chemistry techniques that require less energy and produce less harmful byproducts, we reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from production of our resins by 50% over conventional petroleum based epoxies. We replace petroleum based carbon with renewable plant-based carbon. The raw materials going into our resins are co-products or waste products of other industrially important processes. These materials do not compete with food sources or displace food-based agriculture. Using an international standard method of radio carbon dating, we verify the renewable content of the resins so you know exactly where they come from.”
You know that this ring is produced with eco-friendly, ethical and sustainable materials and processes making it an ideal choice for any onekeen to be actively environmentally conscious.
The resin colour is mostly translucent and there are a range of colours available. Please contact me directly if you would like a custom colour or an opaque resin.
**NOTE** as these rings are made to order each one will be slightly different in terms of the wood size and shape, grain and texture. It is important that you understand that there will be some differences. In addition, the process of making these rings results in some bubbles being present in the resin. This is normal and helps to make each piece individual and tell it’s own story.
**SIZING** This ring measures approx 8mm wide. These rings come in 3 sizes, S (US7.5), M (US 9), L (US10.5). Please contact me if you are unsure about your size or you need something outside the normal size range – I may still be able to offer options.
**CARE** Rings are very hard wearing. They can be immersed in water and will stand up to the usual riguors of life. They are very strong and won’t bend or break in normal day to day use. I do recommend that you treat them with care and not expose them to chemicals or solvents which can damage the rings.
S (US7.5), M (US9), L (US10.5)
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