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 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 shank stock, according to the desired ring size. I sawed the ends in half to form the split-shank style. I hand-filed all four ends of the shank so that they all fit, flushly, against the back plate. 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 combination of the gorgeous stone with the details that surround it, make this piece an eye-catching, conversation-starter statement ring.
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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.