Thick Birch Bark Textured Oxidized Sterling Silver Band- 3/8 Inch Custom


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This listing is for a 3/8" custom-built sterling silver band. The band is built of thick 16 gauge sterling silver. My usual men's bands are made of 18 gauge stock. These rings are around 1.3mm thick. I texture the metal in my studio, using a variety of tools and techniques.

This is a great ring for those who love the look of silver, but worry that their work/lifestyle may warp the ring. This thickness of ring is quite durable, and takes a beating.

I create these rings by forging the band from a strip of sterling silver. After forming the ring, I create the linear, birch bark texture with a number of different texturing hammers. The edges of this ring have also been carefully hammered.

All inside edges are sanded and polished to a high shine, thus ensuring a smooth and comfortable fit. The ring is hardened in my rock tumbler for several hours prior to being shipped.

I use the very best blackening chemical available to oxidize my pieces. After oxidizing, I apply 2-3 coats of archival quality wax, and buff the piece between coats. This is the most durable oxidized coating that can be created on your ring. Please note that oxidization is a surface finish; it will patina/wear/change over time, depending upon things like wear and tear, your body chemistry, whether you wash your hands wearing the ring, etc. I always re-oxidize my rings whenever you would like, as a complimentary service. The only charge is shipping the ring to and from my studio.

The oxidizing on this particular ring is a light, rustic, distressed feature. I can also do darker details, or an all-oxidized finish; please see these two listings for lighter-weight (18 gauge, not the thicker 16 gauge used in this listing) rings with these two finishes:

When choosing your ring size, please choose your true ring size- do not size up in order to accommodate the wider band. I will adjust the sizing for you. If you provide me with a 'wide band' size, this will throw off my sizing, and your ring will be too large. Please get in touch with me if you have any questions about sizing- I am always happy to help.

IMPORTANT: When purchasing from Specimental, please be aware of and in agreement with the Shop Policies- please read them here: This section contains important information about production, shipping, sales taxes, and returns/exchanges. Have questions? Contact me through the shop, or at treloar [!at]

Returns & Exchanges

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

I am always open to hearing your design ideas. Please contact me through the shop, or at to discuss design possibilities.

Sizing details

If you are unsure of your ring size, the best way to be sized accurately is by visiting two commercial jewelers. Please ensure they size you using their thin sizing tools- not the wide band sizing tools, nor by having you try on rings from their display.

If any questions arise around being properly sized, I am always happy to help- contact me through the shop, or at

Gift wrapping and packaging

I don’t provide a gift wrapping service. Rings and earrings ship in jewelry boxes that are hot foil stamped with the Specimental logo.

If the person for whom you are purchasing the piece shares your address, please be aware of the following: International export law dictates that the detailed contents of packages, and their value, be clearly marked on the outside of the package. This means that if they see the package before you do, they can easily tell what they are being gifted with.

Need secrecy for this delivery? The very best option is to have your package held for you at your closest Fed Ex store- if you are unsure of its location, I'm happy to help.

What about repairs and upkeep of your new jewelry- how does Specimental provide ongoing customer support?

Our hands are busy objects, and any ring worn on a finger can become accidentally damaged. All rings need regular maintenance. Make sure you are buying your raw diamond ring from a jeweler with the knowledge and experience needed to ensure your stone stays put. Ask them about their warranty and their repair/upkeep policy. Look at how frequently they work with raw diamonds, and assess whether they have the technical experience to create a ring that will last your lifetime.
I stand behind each piece of jewellery I make. If something goes wrong with your ring, at any time- you slam your finger in a drawer and crush the band, you break a prong, you smash and crack your stone- you can count on me to support you with the repair.

Recycled Gold

My gold is all recycled- the metal plant I purchase it from has been in business for over 100 years. They smelt their metals to the highest environmental standards, to cause the least impact on the environment. They do not deal with newly mined metals, as these metals cause much greater destruction to the environment.

There is no visible difference between recycled metals and newly-mined metals. There is also no difference as far as the karat of the metals go- 18k recycled gold is exactly the same in constitution as 18k newly mined gold. The vast majority of my clients prefer their metals recycled, as environmental impact is of concern when choosing the perfect piece of jewelry.

Can Specimental reuse my old stones and recycle my gold?

I can use your heirloom stones in a new design. The stones must be pulled from their settings and checked for stability by a professional jeweler prior to shipping them to me. I cannot recycle your gold. I am not set up to smelt gold in the studio, so am not able to melt down your old gold pieces for you.

Rush Orders

My current production times are listed in my shop announcement. If you need something more quickly, please get in touch via the shop, or at

Depending upon my work and family schedule, I am happy to accommodate your rush orders. There is no additional charge for a rush order. However, please do get in touch prior to ordering to discuss your deadline with me.

Can I order a ring with a different stone, wider band, different texture, or in a different colour/karat of gold?

Yes! All of my pieces are completely hand fabricated in the studio by me, from raw materials. I am able to create any of my designs with any stone, in any composition. In short, you can have your ring absolutely any way you like it. Contact me through the shop, or via to get the discussion around your perfect piece of jewelry started.

Why buy your raw diamond ring from Specimental?

A raw diamond is an exceptionally difficult stone to set properly. Their unique shape means that a custom setting needs to be fabricated for each and every stone. The way in which the setting is closed around the diamond must be approached in a very particular fashion.

I began setting these stones into my rings in 2009, when only a small handful of jewelers were working with this type of stone. As the appeal of raw diamonds has exploded, countless numbers of jewelers are now incorporating them into their designs. I have set thousands of raw diamonds into my pieces since then. Please check out my client feedback, as a testament to my workmanship and design skills:

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