This ring was blogged about a few weeks ago. We made this remount ring for a customer duplicating the three separate rings that were soldered together. The center ring was a beautiful invisible set princess and baguette ring that was having the typical issues with continual stone loss. We kept the basic design of the set, but channel set the stones instead of invisible setting. The prong set round diamond bands were integrated in the new ring. The original ring had very little metal around the invisible set stones as compared to the new ring, so after it was done, the customer felt that it seemed just too bulky, from what she was used to, with all the channels of metal. This should have been addressed in the wax model viewing part of the project. It can be hard for some people to envision the design even with the actual wax, 3D model in their hands. I think that some people have a hard time because they are seeing a nonmetallic (non-reflective) piece of hard colored wax. Our goal is to always do what we can do to please our customer. That is why they come to us. There are many jewelers to chose from. What good is being highly skilled and caring about craftsmanship and value if customers walk away dissatisfied because of a misunderstanding?
The first sinking feeling was that there was no way to make these major changes that did not include remaking the entire ring. I came up with a plan to try a big modification first. I cut the ring into 3 pieces. I filed and sanded out the strip of metal between the round diamonds and the channel set stones.
The customer asked that the outer bands should be more at the same level as the center section, so I welded the center section a bit lower. I am proud to say that all the modifications were done as welding, either with the torch or the laser. There is no solder used on this ring.
The ring turned out great. The before looked great too. But now she has the ring that she wanted and we got to do it for her. Took a little more work to get there, but it was worth it.
This square wedding band was cast in two pieces and assembled after sanding and polishing. I used white gold tubes to space out the bands and flush set round diamonds on each side.
On one side, I set white diamonds in the tubes.
The other side blue diamonds.
I have a series of drummer and guitarist rings that I have created for musicians. They can be seen at MusicianRings.com. As a drummer myself, I have really enjoyed creating the drum rings. I wanted to show off a bit with a higher level of detail, complexity and realism. I carved the wax “shell” and “rims” and cast them in yellow and white golds to best show contrast of the parts. They were sanded and soldered together. I hand fabricated the “lugs” from a slab of white gold and laser welded them in place. I hand florentine the “shell” in a random pattern to give a natural wood grain look and feel. Then I drilled holes in the rim and laser welded on the sixteen “tension rod” wires.
I can custom make any drum ring. Here is the Chad Smith Pearl Signature Series drum.
If you have any questions about having a ring made for you, contact me at the store, or visit the website for more details.
Greg asked me to make him an initial wedding band. We played around with a few ideas. For this project we ordered die struck letters from Stuller in his, hers and their two children’s initials. I carved a nice solid, comfort fit band in wax and cast it in super white 14k gold with a channel to accept the letters. I domed the initials on the shank bender tool and soldered them in place. That gave us crisp lettering with out having to go the more expensive CAD-CAM wax route.
She has a thing for orange. She was sure she wanted orange fire opal for her center stone in her engagement ring. However, it is not a great stone for everyday ware. It is quite soft. So, I introduced her to padparadscha sapphire. (Lab created). It has a great intense orange color and is 9 on the mohs scale and it would be a fully faceted stone. I drew up some designs based on her wish list. We custom made a stunning ring with two diamonds flanking the 1/2 bezel set padparadscha in 14k super white gold. We incorporated the same orange stones in his wedding band. It made for a wonderful wedding set in orange.
Please check out one of my new web sites featuring snare drum rings and guitar fret board bands. They are usually made to order, however we do carry a few in stock for modeling purposes.