“Macabre” Carved Skull Ring

Halloween is fast approaching and I’m getting ready for it! I’ve just finished this sterling silver ring composed of a carved Labradorite skull, a blood red Garnet teardrop, and Onyx gemstones. I’ve titled it “Macabre” and you might wonder, who would wear a ring such as this? Well…it would have to be someone who is slightly (if not totally) irreverent with a somewhat wicked sense of humor. Someone who, as an impressionable child, was fascinated with and couldn’t watch too many Frankenstein, Dracula, and Wolf Man movies. That person would be me! I remember my grandmother babysitting for my cousins and me when the old 1939 film starring Boris Karloff as Frankenstein aired on TV that night. We started to watch the movie and became so frightened that we ran into our bedroom crying “Grandma, turn off the TV!” And five minutes later, “Grandma did you turn off the TV?” We were SO scared! I was probably seven years old when I saw my first Dracula movie starring Christopher Lee. For months afterwards I slept with a glow-in-the-dark rosary hanging over the headboard of my bed and I would only sleep on my right side because in the movie, Dracula only bit the right side of the victim’s neck…I wanted to make sure he would have a difficult time biting mine should the rosary fail to keep him away! Years later I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula and was still frightened by that story…I think that to this day, there probably are people living in Transylvania (if not around the world!) who still believe in Dracula! And have you read Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire”? That 1992 read was one I couldn’t put down! At any rate, as I rapidly approach three-quarters of a century, I’m still fascinated! Safe from those fictional characters, sadly it’s the present day living monsters in this world that are all too real.

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on September 26, 2022.

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