What's in a Tear?
The starting point of my research on tears was a personal one. Being quite an easy crier myself, after shedding tears in public it seemed a logical step to research on the matter. To make it tangible for myself and for others as well.
The process of finding out how to transform the tear minerals; salts, magnesium, calcium and potassium into the tearstones took quite an effort to perfect. After a year I finally managed to make a pearl-like stone out of tears. I cried happy tears.
Our tears tell us something.
A deeply personal story..
Crying is the shedding of tears (or welling of tears in the eyes) in response to an emotional state, pain or a physical irritation of the eye. Tears can be caused by grief, pain and heavy emotions but exceptional tenderness and loveliness can feel heartbreaking too. Our tears tell us something. A deeply personal story. There is something poetic about the way tears connect people and evoke empathy. The tear stone jewelry tells this story in a subtle way.
I looked at the way tears trickle down the face and made drawings and designs based on this movement. The result, this ring, will hold your personal tear stone.
How does it work?
What’s in a Tear is for people who want to capture tears at a special moment and keep them as a timeless reminder of a story once lived. Once you find a story to eternalize we go through the following steps:
Collection of tears
You will receive a tear bottle with instructions.
In the bottle are two little porcelain balls that needs to be covered in tear fluid. After crying, give the bottle some time to release the warmth of your tears and put the stopper back on tightly and send them back to me.
When I receive your collected tears I will proceed to carefully and respectfully transform them into the tear- stone using a high temperature kiln in my studio in Utrecht. A specialized studio will hand mould your ring to perfect size. The ring is then made in your material of choice.
Wearing of tears
Each piece reflects manual and emotional processes, connecting with the wearer, like an intimate amulet for current times. A piece of heritage of your own story. The ring may express your own version of the role emotions play in your life, which is, for you to know and for others to ﬁnd out.