Peruvian Chrysocolla Ring

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Peruvian Chrysocolla Ring

90.00

For this design, I began cutting the cabochon from a large piece of natural stone, which I hand-polished to the highest shine this particular stone would permit. Then, I cut out the Moroccan-inspired outline of the ring’s base plate from a thick sheet of metal and stamped the back of it with my maker's mark. I hand-filed the edge to give it a smooth look. I measured the stone’s height as well as its perimeter to work on the setting. I sawed out a strip of metal to a length that, snugly, fit around the stone. I molded the exact shape of the stone with the strip and soldered it closed. I, then, soldered the setting onto the ring’s base plate. For the embellishments, I torch-fired some pieces of metal to melt them into balls and measured, cut, filed, and shaped wire for the swirly details. All these components I, carefully, placed around the stone's setting and soldered them into place. For the ring shank, I hand-sawed a thick piece of metal, according to the desired ring size. I hand-filed both ends of the wire so that they fit, flushly, together and soldered the ring closed. Then, I hammered the ring shank against a steel mandrel in order to shape it. For the 'icing on the cake', I measured, cut, filed, and shaped wire into swirls to match the design of the ring and give the shank its deserved spotlight. I soldered the ring shank to the back plate, while assuring that it was centered. I tumbled the piece, for a substantial amount of time, until the perfect amount of strength and additional shine was reached. In the next step, I applied a darkening solution to blacken the design and bring out its unique beauty. During this process, I blackened the entire piece so that the solution seeps into every nook and cranny. I, then, thoroughly hand-polished the ring, making sure to leave any crevices untouched so that the newly-darkened details stood out against the high-polished finish of the embellishments. Finally, I inserted the stone into its setting and, carefully, molded the metal tightly around the stone in order to secure it in place.

Although it is a lengthy and messy process, the beautiful results makes it all worthwhile. As seen in the photos, the detail in, both, the ring's face and the ring's shank, give this piece a royalesque look that will make it an heirloom for years to come.


STONE: 
*~ Peruvian Chrysocolla ~*


COLOR: 
*~ blue and green ~*


METAL: 
*~ brass ~*
{ can also be made in sterling silver, please inquire }


RING SIZE:
*~ 7⅛" ~*
{ can also be made in custom sizes, please inquire }


STONE SIZE: 
*~ 13x8mm ~*


RING FACE SIZE:
*~ 27x18mm ~*


In order to show their maximum detail, all rings are photographed at close-up range. Therefore, they may seem larger than they actually are. Please refer to item description above for size details.

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