love token necklaceby Aaron Ruff
- the story
Beyond the Sea
There's an air of Old World romance in this timeless love token pendant from jewelry artist Aaron Ruff. He has recreated a forgotten, 17th century tradition where someone shipping off to sea would craft a remembrance for their sweetheart. Often they would file down one side of a penny, and personally engrave the smooth surface. Ruff combines this history with his personal artistry, creating what will become an heirloom expression of your love.
The front side of the oxidized bronze pendant is emblazoned with a popular sentiment from the era: "Remember me when this you see." This motto wraps around a pair of olive branches and two hearts—each custom engraved with a pair of initials for you and your special someone. The back of the pendant is a recreation of a Swedish skilling, with a crossed arrow motif, and the coin's reeded edges add extra historical detail. The spirit of the sea is evoked by the coiled cotton rope from which the pendant hangs, held at the back with a sailor's knot. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York.
Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.
- Item ID
- Made from
- rope, bronze, cotton
- Pendant: 1.25" dia. x .125" thick, Necklace: 26" L
- Designed to only look better with the patina of age and wear but if necessary can be lightly polished with a jewelry polishing cloth.
- the maker
As a young boy growing up in Maine, Aaron Ruff was fascinated with the idea of stumbling upon hidden treasures and unearthing ancient relics.
The son of a craftsman, Ruff has grown up with a strong sense of artistry and construction. Working as both a carpenter and cabinetmaker, he enrolled at Parsons to study furniture design. But after taking a class in jewelry making, Ruff soon discovered his true craft. While enjoying the familiarity and technique of creating furniture, he found a more intimate connection with constructing objects that people could actually wear and behold. This connection is distinct in each one of his well-crafted pieces.
Ruff now works out of his Brooklyn studio, creating jewelry inspired by everything from history and literature, to the design of nature and tools of necessity. Ruff also draws from his childhood fantasies of exploration, which lends a playful quality to his work.
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