How are silver rings made
1. The material of rings
1. The material of rings
2. The fine work
3. The setting of diamonds and precious stones in the ring
4. The hallmarking of rings
The production of rings is more complex, the more elements are incorporated - for example an ornament or an inserted diamond. Rings can have very different meanings. They can express love, power, appreciation, belief or even dignity. All of this is expressed by the material, stones or ring setting.
The first rings were made from bone, mammoth ivory, wood or stone (e.g. amber). Later bronze, iron and precious metals were used. Today, the raw material mostly used is silver, white or yellow gold, which is available in the form of plates. The blank is first rolled from such a plate and then heated until it glows, so that the material is soft enough to bring it into a round shape. The two end pieces of the ring are soldered together.
Before the next work step can take place and the ring can be forged to the correct ring size, the ring must cool down. When the ring is the size you want, the fine-tuning begins. The subtleties are worked out by filing and milling, for example fine contours. In addition, the ring is polished or matted and thus gets its appearance and its elegant appearance.
The hardest part in making a ring is setting a diamond or gemstone in it. This process requires a great deal of dexterity and experience, because the stones must not be damaged and must sit exactly in the previously worked setting. Particularly with stones such as tanzanite or emerald, caution is required, as these stones can break or crack quickly if too much pressure is applied. The production of a diamond ring in the so-called pavée style is also complex. In the pavée style, several small diamonds are placed next to each other or a small area is filled with diamonds.
A small number, which is punched in after the ring has been completed, indicates the fine gold content of gold rings. But it can also be that the number indicates the weight of the diamond used. The most common fine gold stampings are 333, 585 and 750. A ring in 333 gold, for example, contains 333 gold parts out of 1000 parts, the remaining parts can be silver or copper. These materials are melted together, since for the production of rings it is usually not the materials that are used in their pure form, but alloys, i.e. mixtures of different precious metals.
Overall, ring production is a complex and time-consuming process and can take several days. The more valuable the materials used, the more precious the diamonds and gemstones used and the longer the work process takes, the more expensive, but also the more unique the rings are at the end of their production. But nowadays you can also forge rings yourself - for example wedding rings.
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