by Aimee | Jul 27, 2015 | All, Jewellery In The Making
My task was to create a ring or group of rings using gold and silver engagement and weddings rings and their diamonds. After our initial discussion, we went along the route of creating a suite of wavy rings which could be stacked together using claw settings to allow as much light as possible to the diamonds.
1 Initial ring sketches design process
2 existing rings ready to be melted down
4 making claw settings for a ring
5 Making stacking rings and claw settings
6 remodelled gold stacking ring ready for diamonds to be set
silver and gold set of 3 stacking rings
Once the gold and silver was melted down, it was then rolled out into square wire which could be turned into rings and pressed into a wavy shape. The next process was to create the settings.
The remaining wire was drawn down further into round wire thin enough to create the claws of the settings. I used a jig shown in the photo above to do this.
Once all the rings and claw settings were made I could then solder it all together, hallmark the rings, polish and finally set the diamonds.
I chose not to rhodium plate the white gold as this left a lovely off white variation which complimented the yellow gold and silver with a soft gradient of white to yellow.
by Aimee | Jul 27, 2015 | All
The task for this commission of handmade wedding rings was to create two designs using the 22ct yellow gold in each ring and 9ct white gold in the ladies ring given to them by their families. Both rings had to make use of the 22ct gold in a minimalist way with the white metal being the most prominent feature of each wedding ring. The ladies ring had to fit neatly next to the engagement ring and the gents ring preferred a darker and textured white metal so platinum was decided.
The CAD design for the gents ring, with a textured platinum band inlayed with 22ct yellow gold on the inside.
The three original rings ready to be melted down and remodelled into their new designs.
The CAD design for the ladies wedding ring. Two D section rings fitting together whilst sweeping around the engagement ring creating a perfect fit.
Each ring being melted down in a crucible using a large flame on a blow torch.
Once each ring has been melted down it is rolled into the required shape; D section for the ladies ring and flat for the gents ring.
Once each band had been rolled to required length and width they were then turned into a ring and soldered. The 22ct gold was made to size with the platinum band tightly fitting over the top. The 22ct ring then hammered to take the shape of the court platinum ring and holding together with tension.
Each ring was then ready to be hallmarked and finished with a polished and/or matt finish.
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