Southwestern-Style Ring

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Southwestern-Style Ring

from 70.00

For this design, 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 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 wide 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. 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 details of this piece give this ring a unique edge that is sure to be a show-stopper.


STONE: 
*~ glass ~*


COLOR: 
*~ turquoise blue ~*


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


RING SIZE:
*~ 4" - 12" ~*
{ can also be made in custom sizes, please inquire }


STONE SIZE: 
*~ 8mm ~*


RING FACE SIZE:
*~ 29x22mm ~*


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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