Silvio’s Workbench – Mother’s Ring

Monday, 3 pm

You have probably seen a Mother’s Ring before. In fact, your mother or grandmother may be wearing one. The traditional Mother Ring features a row of gems, often diamonds, aligned one next to the other along the rib of a ring.

This Mother’s Ring begins a new tradition. The design is an original co-creation by Trish and Chuck Hogan, and Silvio. It incorporates Chuck and Trish’s own birthstones along with those representing their three children.


Silvio holds it up to the light moments before setting the garnet, sapphire, aquamarine, ruby and emerald. “I made three 14 karat gold rings,” he explains. “Then, I joined them to form one band. I love how we decided to arrange the stones, with the parent stones being a bit larger and the offspring stones coming together around them, but in a flowing pattern, not a straight line.”


The words “family gathering” come to mind. Not only does this ring have great presence both in weight and appearance, but it makes a strong statement about family also, and how children gather by their parents time and again in the place we call home. In a way, it evokes the true meaning of home: a state of togetherness rather than a place.


The radiance of this piece is stunning, which gives us an opportunity to mention light; which in turn gives us reason to point out that Silvio’s work area is lit in part by an original, locally made House of Troy lamp; which then gives us reason to mention this great, local company that has been a role model and icon in Vermont for years thanks to the managerial savoir faire of its leaders, one of whom is, as you may know, Chuck Hogan. Everything is connected.

You might be interested in a previous article titled The Grandmother Ring.

PS: We think a Vermont-Made lamp, like Vermont art, makes a remarkable gift!


About PS MacMurray

Paschal'Simon MacMurray, the scribe, specializes in providing a no nonsense Facebook and Blog presence for small business owners who want quality without breaking the bank. PS MacMurray, the artisan, creates art on a whim using fabric, paper, beads, twine and wire. View all posts by PS MacMurray

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