Essentials of Quality - A Fully Handmade Engagement Ring

Making a fully handmade ring is something very few companies do. Today, most rings, even diamonds rings, are made by wax casting metal and then polishing that metal. The results from cast pieces vary depending on the wax, the casting, the design, and the people doing the polishing work. Though great results can be achieved through casting, some people want a product made in a more traditional way.

A handmade ring is something very rare in today's world because of the time it takes to make it, and the skill needed to perform all to procedures properly. Handmade rings typically cost double that of the highest quality cast piece. However, when a master jeweler makes a handmade ring, there is an intangible beauty to it which is not possible to replicate through other methods. 

The first step in making a hand made ring, is to form together metal in a block or a disk.  

The first step in making a hand made ring, is to form together metal in a block or a disk.  

The platinum is heated to remove any impurities and to form a disk which can then be rolled into wire.  

The platinum is heated to remove any impurities and to form a disk which can then be rolled into wire.  

The platinum disk is passed through a metal roller multiple time in order to form wire.  

The platinum disk is passed through a metal roller multiple time in order to form wire.  

The wire is then pounded on an anvil to squeeze out impurities.  

The wire is then pounded on an anvil to squeeze out impurities.  

The hammered wire is passed through the roller again, and begins to take on a shinier appearance.  

The hammered wire is passed through the roller again, and begins to take on a shinier appearance.  

Pieces of wire are then cut to form various portions of the ring head. These are then attached to a plate at the bottom.  

Pieces of wire are then cut to form various portions of the ring head. These are then attached to a plate at the bottom.  

Since this ring had tapered baguettes on the sides, wire is cut and filed to create settings to mouth the baguettes in. 

Since this ring had tapered baguettes on the sides, wire is cut and filed to create settings to mouth the baguettes in. 

The settings for the baguettes are soldered to the plate and the center stone holder, and the stones are checked to make sure they will fit.

The settings for the baguettes are soldered to the plate and the center stone holder, and the stones are checked to make sure they will fit.

The top portion of the ring is filed to give shape and delicacy to the ring. Notice how the plate is slowly being filed away  

The top portion of the ring is filed to give shape and delicacy to the ring. Notice how the plate is slowly being filed away  

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After the top is formed wire is bent to form the shape of the ring shank. Then it is cut to perfectly fit the head.  The piece is tested to make sure it's a perfect fit.

After the head and the shank are check that they match, the jeweler goes ahead and solders them together to form the complete ring shape. After it's connected the ring is then filed even more to create curves and lines as part of the design.  Also note that the prong is split in half. It will have a double prong setting.

After the head and the shank are check that they match, the jeweler goes ahead and solders them together to form the complete ring shape. After it's connected the ring is then filed even more to create curves and lines as part of the design.  Also note that the prong is split in half. It will have a double prong setting.

The stones are then set in the platinum, and the ring finally polished.  

The stones are then set in the platinum, and the ring finally polished.  

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The final hand made piece is complete after many procedures taking a great deal of time. The advantages to this type of ring are in the quality of the metal work. there is simply no way to get a cleaner and more well finished piece. But is it worth the extra expense? That depends on ones appreciation for the tiny details, and for the work of a master craftsman.