Cool vintage ring and some rosin

The move is finally done, and that means more time for trash. I took a bike ride on Monday but came up empty. Tuesday was pretty quiet too, but I did find a couple of things. I also explored some parts of the city I haven’t spent much time in before because of my new starting point, so that was cool. I now live on the border of two garbage days, and that can only be a good thing.

I may have found a good dumpster diving spot by a grocery on Mont-Royal and Cartier. There was lots of decent looking fruit just set out on the curb. I appreciate this practice, as it’s clear that their intention was for people to take it, which is in stark contrast to the practices of most groceries. I took home some cherries and bananas, both of which were pretty great.

A big box of bananas from the same place.

I found a little container of cello rosin in a box full of papers and miscellaneous items. Cello players need it so that the bow hair grips the strings better and makes it sound better. This stuff seems really hard, but I figure it’s supposed to be like that. It’s the same stuff as this, which apparently has an “indefinite shelf life,” so I figure it must still be good.


Now for the ring, which was in the same box as the rosin. This ring looks pretty cool and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The box says “10 kt” and “Ster” is engraved inside the ring, so I figure it must be silver. I tried to find a reference online for “Opera”, the name which appears on the case, but no luck.

If I wore rings I may wear this one, but I suppose instead I’ll save it for my future Etsy store! I might have to clean out that lint first though, that Macro setting makes it really obvious.

That’s all for now. Still have to get back to y’all about all that paper I found. Maybe tomorrow?

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2 thoughts on “Cool vintage ring and some rosin

  1. Ummm … fruit. Cherries are usually quite expensive, so that’s a good find. And the bananas, I see, are just the ripeness you like. If you put the bananas in the refrigerator they’ll stop ripening, so you can make them last longer that way. Or if you want to get into baking, you can peel and freeze them, and use them later to make banana bread, etc.

    That rosin sells for $15.96 http://www.amazon.com/Kolstein-Sons-Ltd-Cello-Rosin/dp/B000BN6488 You might put a notice on the music department bulletin board at McGill, and sell it for $9 or $10.

    Interesting ring; a really nice one. Any notion of its size? It looks solid and heavy. Here’s a page on sterling marks, which mentions “ster” http://vintagejewelrylane.com/information/sterlingmarks.htm The ring looks quite modern, judging from the style. Maybe get it cleaned up and post a before-and-after photo. I’m sure you could net a nice price for it.

    The Opera box says “10 kt” … which is a designation to gold, so I suspect the box does not originate with the ring.

    FYI – The best (& most gentle) silver cleaner for small jobs is white (non gel) tooth paste. Dab some on your finger, and rub into the tarnish, and use a soft toothbrush if necessary.
    (For bigger jobs, make a paste of baking soda and water. Scoop the paste onto a sponge, and rub the paste into the silver. Rinse with hot water and polish dry with a soft, clean cloth.)

  2. Dillon Hall/Dylan Haul says:

    I’ll buy the cello whatever next time I see you if you put it aside. You know, for an occasion when I might have actually fixed my busted cello.

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