one of a kind rings made as a series: each ring face was hand sculpted and carved by the artist in her studio making each piece one of a kind (not molded, not cast...you are purchasing the actual minaiture sculpture).
Once carved, the piece was torch fired to high heat.
For 3 of the rings: After being cooled and cleaned, a wash of 22K gold was applied using the keum-boo method (keum-boo is an ancient gilding technique where high karat gold is bonded to a fine silver surface). The piece was then torch fired again, melding both metals together.
Each ring was then metalsmithed and soldered to the back of the ring face. A bezel is soldered to the sculpture to hold the stone.
- sizes: 5, 8 left! other sizes have sold (exact rings are labeled by size in the identification photo—the sizing label in the photo is correct; there is only one of each ring; if marked sold out, please make a different select)
- one-of-a-kind highly-polished sterling silver ring (the inside band is hallmarked “925” for sterling silver)
- Stones: 3 rings have approx. 4mm New Lander chalcosiderite stones (mined in Nevada); 2 rings have Sterling lab grown opals; all identified in the sizing/stone labeled photo
More about the stones:
*New Lander: technically a mixture of chalcosiderite and variscite (both are said to be cousins to turquoise in that they're mineralogically similar and collected by turquoise hoarders...I mean lovers, same thing). New Lander is mined in Nevada, USA, from a location close to the famous Lander Blue mine. Colors of New Lander range from white, orange, blue, green, yellow, with black webbing.
*Sterling opals: Sterling cultured opal stone—Sterling opal is a cultured opal made in Arizona. Although Sterling is a cultured opal, it is made in a lab using silica nano and mono particles (the same way a natural, mined opal is made in the earth). Under a microscope, GIA confirms that Sterling opal has the same characteristics and composition to natural opal, making it a true, GIA certified synthetic opal. No colorants are used in the stone—the process itself is a natural process and the color you see in the stone is from light refraction (not dye). Developed by the inventor of the Zachary treatment (a stabilization method for natural turquoise) and the owner of the Sleeping Beauty mine, Sterling opals have been in the making for many years. The process of growing the opals is lengthy! Knot & Splice is truly honored to be using these high-quality webbed opals in our works as American-mined opals are extremely rare (very expensive) and often brittle when available.
- handmade in Kansas City, MO by Nicole Jo Melton
- Please see care instructions on the FAQ/Policies page
- ready-to-ship (please see our FAQ/Policies page for processing time. Each ring is one of a kind and cannot be resized. Please select the size you want from the drop-down menu. If marked sold out, please make a different selection.
Please note: While every effort is made to photograph the items to be an accurate representation, photography and computer monitors have limitations and differences. Colors and brightness may vary on different devices. I believe these pieces look so much prettier in person when held in the hand and admired by the eye (I've also been told this many times by Knot & Splice customers). I hope you're delighted when you receive your special piece in the mail.