The final three rings of my Seven Virtues series have been made for a little while now but it's been a challenge finding the time lately to get to the computer to introduce them. This exercise in creating these rings has made me ponder each and every one of them - although I don't consider myself a religious person, I do feel that every sin and / or virtue listed in this series deserves some thought and consideration, as we come across them everyday.
Sterling, Banded Onyx
The final three installments are Sloth, Gluttony and Wrath.
Sloth - when a man, who in his own eyes is more sensible than the rest of his fellow man as he sits idly by and refuses to labor. Those who are guilty of physical as well as spiritual laziness are said to reject grace and God.
Diligence to counteract sloth.
Sterling, Ocean Jasper
Gluttony - the over indulgence of food, drink or wealth, an over-consumption to the point of waste and extravagance. In our consumerist society today, gluttony and greed go hand in hand,
the counteracting virtue is temperance.
Sterling, Natural Geode Crystal
And finally, wrath - an uncontrolled emotion of hatred and anger, also known as rage.
Violent, blinding and self-destructive, the heavenly virtue for wrath is often easier said than done ..forgiveness.
What we do and how we react on a day to day basis leads us back to one of these cardinal sins and their heavenly virtues - not a day goes by when we don't fall victim to our pride,
envy those that have what we wish we had, consume more than we need,
become self seeking in our lust for the unattainable.
Envy, Greed, Pride, Lust, Sloth, Gluttony and Wrath
Ironically, at the end of the day it is also what makes us human,
and as long as we make the effort to better ourselves I think we're heading in the right direction and doing alright.
It's for this reason that I've chosen to stamp the virtues on the inside bands, rather than the sins.
I believe that it's more important to be reminded of what we should strive for rather than what we need to leave behind.
Made entirely of sterling and various beautiful creations by Mother Nature, these rings will be listed in my little shop later today.
It's my hope that each and every one of these rings will find themselves with the owner they are meant to be with - and if you miss the chance to claim one, rest assured that there will be others and yours will find it's way to you soon. Thank you to all of you who have contacted me regarding these rings!
Wear these rings as reminders of goodness.
xo Blue Gnome