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Melissa Scoppa

Sundial Ring

$ 320.00

Melissa Scoppa

Sundial Ring

$ 320.00

SKU#: R-017

The Sundial is a beautifully simple instrument used to tell time based upon the shadow cast by the sun onto the face of the dial. It is one of the earliest tools used to measure time and although it has been replaced by advances in technology, it continues to be a symbol of the fleeting nature of time and is often engraved with a sundial motto making reference to that.

Dona præsentis cape lætus horæ [ac linque severe]. (Take the gifts of this hour.)

 This ring was inspired by the podcast s-town which tells an emotionally complex story about the fascinating life and character of clock maker John B. McLemore. John is a highly skilled horologist (one who studies time) and calculates the number of meaningful hours any one person has to achieve a "worthwhile life". He does eventually describe his opinion of what it actually means to live a worthwhile life, but that of course means something different to everyone.  

“Take cognizance of the number of waking days he has remaining, and use them prudently.” John B. McLemore

Interested in learning a little more about the thought behind this ring? Check out the blog post.

  • Hand made - please allow slight variation
  • Sterling Silver
  • Fully functioning gnomon
  • Custom flip top lid with a tabbed closure
  • Made to order ships in two weeks