Ivy In The Garden Ring

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Melissa says: The ivy is a wonderful image in Frances Hodgson Burnett's, The Secret Garden. A long curtain of ivy covers the entrance to the secret garden, a place where everything that had no hope can come alive. Dead trees and untended flowers are coaxed back into life, and the gardeners are transformed, body and soul. I love the quote below because we find Mary standing at the edge of her new life, about to enter a whole new world of beauty and friendship that she never knew before.

“…she took another long breath, because she could not help it, and she held back the swinging curtain of ivy and pushed back the door which opened slowly-slowly.” -The Secret Garden
Precious metal clay, recycled silver
Melissa Fineman
Jewelry Design Challenge
The ivy leaf is 9mm from tip to stem, and 7mm (a little over 1/4") at its widest, and is set on a 1mm sterling silver band.

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Emily, UncommonGoods

June 11, 2014 01:13:13 PM

Melissa's Ivy In the Garden Ring is inspired by The Secret Garden. Read about it in her special product story and then let us know if this design has your vote!

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June 11, 2014 04:49:37 PM

what a great story, and a lovely ring!

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June 11, 2014 09:49:41 PM

There is purpose and meaning in Melissa's molds where the memory of a page, a scene, a character, a dialogue or a chapter of her favorite novel or story always seem to pop up and revealed in most of her creations. Enchanting!

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June 11, 2014 10:05:25 PM

As an English major, I always appreciate pieces inspired from works of literature, especially when it is from a specific scene that the artist likes such as this. Melissa's piece will be a reminder of that scene to all who see it or wear it, which cannot be said for any old ring!

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June 11, 2014 10:35:37 PM

Good Luck, Melissa!

Nita U

June 11, 2014 11:52:40 PM

Nice work Melissa

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June 12, 2014 06:04:44 AM

The piece is simple and sweet - something that can be worn every day. And I love the story.


June 12, 2014 07:01:39 AM

Such talent should be recognized !

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June 12, 2014 08:05:30 AM

Love this - as a gardener who is always fighting the encroachment of ivy in my yard, what better place to put it than on a ring?

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June 12, 2014 04:18:15 PM

Great work as always!

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June 12, 2014 06:50:58 PM

The artist's sensitivity in her writing is as beautiful in her jewelry.

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June 12, 2014 11:43:57 PM

You're not adding my vote!

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June 13, 2014 12:56:19 AM

yes!yes!yes! GO!GO!GO!...all the way from the Philippines! what a precious creation melissa!

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June 13, 2014 01:29:39 PM

I have a pair of Melissa's Ivy Earrings and wear them all the time, the ring is super unique too! Love the story behind the design!

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June 14, 2014 11:20:55 PM

lovely piece of work.

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June 15, 2014 07:49:12 PM

Please, please say you'll include the story on a nice little placard with the ring!

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June 16, 2014 10:01:20 AM

Even at an early age, you already produced such lovely detailed work with clay, paper, staple wire boxes and whatever else was available for you to work on and work with as you read, as you saw, as you heard, and as you learned. You are a gifted artist, indeed.

Melissa Dawn
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June 16, 2014 10:33:48 AM

Yes Phebe! I include a little card with the quote with every ring! ^_^

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June 16, 2014 01:09:48 PM

A nature name for the evergreen climbing plant with small yellow flowers ultimately derived from the Old English "ifig" meaning "climber". And that's my cuz, she always wanted her work with superior quality in terms of design and made. Let's help her climb! Vote now!

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June 16, 2014 05:01:11 PM

I have been following Melissa Dawns work for a while now, and I keep getting sucked in by it! I am a big literature fan, and when I see pieces like this one that tie directly into my favorite childhood novels... it hits that spot in my heart. I can wear jewelry that celebrates the stories I love and grew up on (and still read), while also wearing something gorgeously hand crafted that makes all my friends ask "where did you get that?

Eunice Espia

June 16, 2014 10:55:42 PM

clearly the work of a true artist

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June 17, 2014 07:50:27 PM


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June 17, 2014 10:30:11 PM

Great design! She should be recognized for her Talents.

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