Here is a truly handmade Sterling silver gents ring with a natural bluish Gray Star Sapphire in a comfort solitaire style. I selected this large 15.75 carat, 15.6 x 12.6mm oval cabochon with no treatments, no glass fillers and no heat, for this handsome design. The star is natural rather than diffused. It does not photograph accurately yet in real life it is fairly complete with six long rays, is medium high in brightness, is well centered and is medium high in sharpness. This gem is opaque, heavily included, color zoned, fractured and has minor flaws that are visible without magnification, however the most noticeable feature is definitely the striking star in this large stone.
The gem is set with a full bezel design, very secure and protected. This ring is built hefty and is this style is known as perhaps the most comfortable to wear.
Sapphire has a hardness of 9 on Moh's scale and is tough, especially in a cabochon form, plus with the entire ring being hand hammered and not plated, this one will likely stay great looking a long, long time. Overall this is a secure mounting but one should avoid wearing any ring while doing hard physical work.
This ring size is a 10.25 in the USA, inside diameter of 20mm, the inside circumference is 62.7mm, in the United Kingdom, Ireland Australia and New Zealand it is a size U, in India, China and Japan it is a size 21, and in Switzerland it is a size 22.33.
Re-sizing one of my rings can often be done quite easily by hammering and re-polishing when only increasing by a size or so and I will not charge you for it, however, there are various levels of complications due to several factors in re-sizing to smaller sizes or increasing by more than a size or so. Simple prongs can be opened and the stones removed from harms way then be re-set after the soldering is complete. Often I prefer to be paid a small amount for this type of re-size as it is a bit time consuming. Some gold rings can be soldered with the stones left in place, depending on the variety of stone. In a silver ring, high heat is required to decrease the size or increase it considerably and if stones are set with a bezel, a channel, beads, or flush set (anything other than simple prongs) then the silver must be cut or otherwise worked hard in order to remove them, putting the stones at risk and becoming a repair job before its all over, in which case I would likely prefer to make you a new one. By the way, I do not charge extra for a custom order, prices are very similar to what you see in the shop here.
I started this project by melting down fine silver and pure copper to create an ingot of 92.5% alloy of silver. The remaining 7.5% is only copper, no base metal was used for the alloy, less chance for any allergic reaction. The hammering began soon afterwords. This piece is completely hand made, hand crafted, and hand fabricated. It is not a casting, has no plating, no glue and no factory made parts. This style of workmanship is all but lost in today's high tech world due to the high skill level required and the lengthy amount of time it consumes. This old school method that I studied in Thailand is known to be the finest technique in jewelry production and adds greatly to the value and the durability of the jewelry. We stamped the inside 925 as it is Sterling Silver and also hallmarked it LEE, my makers stamp and my personal guarantee of quality.
I am happy to make you a custom piece of jewelry with Sterling 925 silver, Argentium 960 silver or 18K yellow gold. Feel free to select any stones from my stores or send me yours to have me create your own LEE. Select your own style by browsing my online selection catalog with over 300 of my designs that I will send you the link to when you email me. You also can email me an item number of a piece you see, a picture or I can even work from a picture of a sketch you send me, however, I do not like to draw or use CAD. My email for custom orders and information is gemtownusa at gmail dot com. The queue is usually 30-60 days. Contact me for a fast quote. I can create a listing right here for your personal item so you can still enjoy the comfort of being on here while having a custom piece of jewelry truly handmade.
A couple of quick tips on caring for your silver jewelry: Whenever you remove the jewelry for sleep or work, wipe it with a polishing cloth. When storing your silver be sure to remove all finger prints from the metal by wiping it with a cloth such as a silver polishing cloth then slip it into a sealed container such as a small zip lock plastic bag.
No stock photos!! The pictures are of the exact piece of jewelry being sold here and I have attempted to give you a complete view with multiple shots. They are taken with high magnification and show details similar to viewing with a 10X loupe. The jewelry will look even more flawless once in hand.
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