This reticulated sterling silver ring is ready to ship. It was designed and built by my youngest brother, under my tutelage. I did not make this piece- John did.
My youngest brother, John, recently ended a 22 year career as a tattoo artist. He is now delving into the work of jewellery design and metalsmithing. Recently, he traveled to British Columbia from Ontario to spend a week doing an intensive silversmithing tutorial in my studio, with me as his instructor. I am listing the pieces he made here, in my shop. They were made by him, under my scrutiny- I quality checked each piece from start to finish, will be packing and shipping the pieces myself, and will cover them with my own shop warranty. See the final photo for a peek at John at work on these pieces. Here is his Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/JamcoStudio?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Reticulation is a metalworking process which creates an unpredictable, dramatic, and deep texture. It is done by repeatedly heating the metal to the point where the surface becomes molten and begins to flow. Then, the metal is quickly cooled, and re-heated. This process can occur up to ten or more times before the desired effect is achieved.
John began this ring by reticulating a thick, 3/8 inch wide, 16 gauge thick strip of sterling silver. Once he was happy with the way the reticulation looked, he forged the strip into a band. Please note that the seam area on this ring is apparent- because the texture is so deep and organic, there is no way to ensure a perfectly matched texture on both sides of the band. The seam, in my view, is a complimentary texture to that of the reticulated surface.
John built this ring to a size 10.5. Because of the width of the ring, it will fit a size 10 finger comfortably. The surface currently has a shiny finish, as it was tumbled in steel shot for several hours to harden the metal. I can give this a brushed finish for you, at no additional cost, if you prefer.
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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.
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.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get the discussion around your perfect piece of jewelry started.
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: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Specimental?ref=hdr_shop_menu#reviews