From the beginning, gold has been a symbol of wealth and power. It has been highly valued since at the least the Bronze Age, around the 2nd millennium BC and has been used as coinage and body adornment ever since.
The ancient Egyptian pharaohs and queens were famous for gold ornamentation in their jewelry and burial chambers. They believed that their deities shone with a golden light – it was considered a divine and invincible metal. Gold has even changed the course of world history: once by the rumors of decadent golden cities in ancient Central America and again several hundred years later when rich gold deposits were discovered in the North American west. Gold has an ancient history and a timeless allure.
Because pure gold (24k) is so soft a metal, it is usually alloyed with stronger metals to add strength for everyday wear. The standard system of carats is used world-wide to indicate the purity of the precious metal. This 18k gold ring contains 75% pure gold.
When Michele Scholnick was a kid, she may have dreamt of being a ballerina, but jewelry designer didn’t cross her mind ’til some years later. She had passed a major deadline in her political science grad program, and decided on a whim to take some art classes. She tried glassblowing, graphic design, and jewelry. Somehow, even though she didn’t wear much jewelry at the time, Michele got hooked in two weeks.
Michele designs and creates her fabulous pieces in her studio in Venice, California. Within a two-minute walk from her studio, she can find any three of her current favorite meals: sushi, Argentinian tapas, or freshly-made, cinnamon-sugar-dusted mini-donuts. In her spare time, Michele likes to dance salsa, read fiction, and walk her dog, June, on the beach.
- handmade with 18k gold
- band fluctuates in width between 5mm and 7.75mm
- TLC for your gold jewelry