This ring is a tension set Citrine ring (11mm x 9mm) in a heavy cast sterling silver shank. The ring started life as a Citrine around which I carved a wax ring mount. The Citrine is a lovely medium yellow, and being quite large, needed to be set off in a simple ring mount. The wax ring shank was decorated, once carved to shape, with 1mm hole piercings and filed lines. I wanted the ring to have a ‘rustic’ feel to it, so the outside of the wax was left carved without too much smoothing, giving a ‘just melted’ appearance.
Once I was happy with the wax, I used a lost-wax casting process to make the ring out of 925 sterling silver. The wax has to be surrounded by heatproof plaster to make the mould, and then the wax is burned out leaving the void into which I poured the silver. Once the silver is solid, the plaster can be broken away to reveal the silver ring – not that it looks very silver at that stage, as it is usually nearly black from oxide deposits
The excess silver can then be cut off and smoothed, then the oxide removed by pickling before polishing. Once that is done, the stone can be mounted, a tricky operation given that the jaws of the ring have to be slightly pulled apart to allow the stone in, and the closed back onto the stone, where the tension in the silver ring shank holds the stone firmly.
The stone is very firm within the ring, and gives the appearance of floating above the finger when worn, between the two silver columns of the shank.
The ring is very heavy at 10.5g mounted, nearly all of the weight being the silver, and is sized at M1/2 UK size. The ring has been fully UK hallmarked by the Assay office, as it weighs over the legal limit of 7g of silver.
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