This was an exciting drum ring commission for me. I have been doing custom jewelry for 24 years. Atlas Jewelers is a trusted part of our community and I am happy and blessed to be creating jewelry here in my town. I primarily meet every person that I make a ring for and I get to know them through the process of making them jewelry. But Steve contacted me via the web and was one of my first commissions since the launch of MusicianRings.com, and I probably will never meet him. Steve is highly passionate about drumming and was starting a new chapter in his life by getting married. I am thrilled to see that my musician rings, that I love so much, are reaching out so much further than our neighborhood. I have since made guitar rings and sent them out to Germany and Australia. Totally mind blowing to me.
We discussed the many options and planned out the ring. I carved a wax, what was to become the shell and rims, as one piece and also carved a long bar which would eventually be cut up to be the lugs.
Each was cast in 14K super white gold.
I sanded and polished the comfort fit band to a mirror finish.
Each lug was cut, filed and polished.
The 10 lugs were polished, positioned and laser welded in place.
I drilled a hole in the rim for each tension rod and laser welded the 20 gauge wire into place for a crisp, tight appearance.
I just love how it turned out.
Thanks Steve, and keep on drumming.
We stepped up the quality of the classy engagement ring with VS clarity stones and 14k super white gold that does not require rhodium plating.
I carved the wax model and used round burs that were slightly smaller then the stones being used. The reason why is because I knew that I was going to redo the micro prongs once it is was in metal.
I had to make the halo 3 times to get the right combination of size of diamonds to number of diamonds to go perfectly around.
I cast the pieces separately so I could nicely polish the gallery before assembly. I set the diamonds in the mounting. I stuck the blank halo in shellac to hold the piece while I set the stones. I sanded and polished it up and soldered it to the mounting.
I cut the bottom off a thick basket head and polished up before soldering it in place. I set the major stone and gave it a final polish.
This ring’s princess cut diamond channel has worn out.
The points of the princess cut stone is quite sharp and can break.
I laser welded a square wire to the end of the channel. I filled in, with the welder, as needed. No gold solder was introduced, just 14k white gold.
This ring was a fun challenge. Since most of the work of stone setting and graving is done in metal, it would seem that the wax carving would have been easy. However, keeping good symmetry was very challenging. I did most of the carving under 6x magnification.
I used tacky wax to stick the diamonds on the wax model to plan out the bead setting and to show the customer.
Because of all the cut outs, the wax required extra sprues to ensure a complete casting.
After I cut the seat for the center oval, I used dividers to score evenly spaced marks on the bezel. Then I used a jeweler’s saw to cut through the bezel. The hammer hand piece seemed to effortlessly move each little prong over the girdle to tighten the diamond. Whereas with a solid bezel, the tends to be a lot of hammering.
Thank you Fred from Uncommon Design for the nice bright cutting on the bead set diamonds.
Blue zircon is the only colored gem stone that is more brilliant then diamond, due to the double refractive nature of the stone. It has a great blue color. Zircon is a natural gem stone and comes in a verity of different colors. It has the hardness of 7.5.
Here are a few pieces that I have made over the years:
I get to enjoy challenging myself making jewelry for the show case sometimes. This one was pretty fun. I started with carving two identical bands, cast them up in 14 karat yellow gold and micro bead set 1.3mm diamonds. The assembly of the different length bars came next. Each one was cut to length and soldered in place. Lastly, the bezel set 3/4 carat round brilliant cut diamond was set then laser welded in place.
I carved the wax model of this engagement ring to match the existing wedding band that was her mother’s. Using her stones, this new ring carries all the sentimental value and it looks like these two rings were made at the same time.