The Jatamansi Ring is set with a glowing orb of green agate, with additional gems interspersed with freshwater pearls at the band.
Jatamansi is the original, Hindi name for the plant spikenard. It grows in the Himalayas and can be used to create a perfumed ointment, amber in colour, with a woody scent. The poet Emily Dickison references its smell in relation to grass drying in the sun, in her poem The Grass so little has to do / A Sphere of simple Green. While entertaining bees and butterflies during the day, in the evening it will thread the Dews, all night, like Pearl. She goes on to contemplate the beauty of both the life and death of nature: And even when it die, to pass / In Odours so divine / As lowly spices, laid to sleep / Or Spikenards perishing.
Her writing reminds us of the painful pleasure of life’s cycle.
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