👏Keeping the Faith Ring👏
The story behind the hands....
Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children. In order merely to keep food on the table for this mob, the father and head of the household, a goldsmith by profession, worked almost eighteen hours a day at his trade and any other paying chore he could find in the neighborhood. Despite their seemingly hopeless situation two of the boys had a dream.
They both wanted to pursue their talent for art, but they knew full well that their father would never be financially able to send either of them to study at the Academy. After many long discussions at night in their crowded bed, the two boys finally worked out a pact. They would toss a coin. The loser would go down into the nearby mines and, with his earnings, support his brother while he attended the academy. Then, when that brother who won the toss completed his studies, in four years, he would support the other brother at the academy, either with sales of his artwork or, if necessary, also by laboring in the mines.
And so, they flipped a coin and one brother went off to the academy to pursue his artistic dreams while the other went off to the mine to support his sibling. One brother became a popular and very skilled artist while the other suffered many injuries to his body from working in the harsh conditions of the mine. The years of working in the mine had physically destroyed the one brothers hands, preventing him from pursuing his artistic dreams following his brother.
One day, to pay homage to Albert for all that he had sacrificed, Albrecht Durer painstakingly drew his brother's abused hands with palms together and thin fingers stretched skyward. He called his powerful drawing simply "Hands," but the entire world almost immediately opened their hearts to his great masterpiece and renamed his tribute of love "The Praying Hands."
This ring is a reminder that No one - NO ONE - ever makes it alone in this life! I am just obsessed with the sketch to metal aspect of this and recent work inspired by tattoo art! There are 3 slots for custom 'Keeping the Faith' rings that were just listed on my site!