Turquoise Ring

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Turquoise Ring

70.00

For this design, I first cut out the tear-shaped 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. I molded the ball wire detail so that it followed the perimeter of the stone and soldered it to the ring. As I soldered the wire onto the base of the ring, I simultaneously soldered it closed, being careful to make the join seamless. This usually takes an extra soldering step to fill in any gaps left in the join during the closing of the tear-shape. For the ring shank, I hand-sawed a thick piece of shank stock, 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 seeped 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 ball wire embellishment. 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 stunning color of the natural turquoise, gorgeously, stands out against patina surrounding it.


STONE: 
*~ turquoise ~*


COLOR: 
*~ mint and brown ~*


METAL: 
*~ sterling silver ~


RING SIZE:
*~ 7½" ~*


STONE SIZE: 
*~ 13x11mm ~*


RING FACE SIZE:
*~ 20x17mm ~*


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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