DIY Heart-Shaped 3 Gem Silver Ring
Suitable for a silver engagement ring, built-in pre-notched push-in settings for a heart-shaped faceted calibrated 9 to 10 mm diameter center gem and two flanking round faceted calibrated 5 mm diameter gems.
purchase faceted calibrated gems of the correct diameter sizes
(center gem is a faceted heart shape with a width equal to the length (9 to 10mm) and a standard depth)
(5 mm side gems shaped like the classic diamond engagement ring round faceted solitaire gem)
gently push the gem into the appropriately sized setting
(the non-ink end of a papermate writebros ballpoint pen works great for this) and maybe gently squeeze those settings (alternating opposing prong pairs towards the center) with tiny flat needle nose craft pliers from Joann Fabrics or Michaels Crafts or Sears to be sure the gems will stay in place.
Perfect for a colorful center gem (lab grown ruby or sapphire, mined garnet, amethyst, citrine, aquamarine, blue topaz or peridot) and two brilliant white gems (cubic zirconia, sapphire, topaz or zircon).
The ring is comfortable to wear everyday, tapered to be shorter by the palm of the hand, sturdy but elegant.
Sizes Available: Because people come in all sizes, I have built ring models for every US half-size from 1.5 through 13.0.
If you need a size smaller than 1.5 or larger than 13.0, please contact me for a custom build.
Material Info: solid 0.925 silver (93% silver, 4% copper, 3% zinc)
Ring thickness: minimum of roughly 1.6 mm Cautionary note about the 'natural silver / rough cast silver' material - it is rough, exactly as it comes from casting. If you are a jeweler with the proper finishing and polishing tools, that is fine, you will be able to do standard polishing. It is labor intensive and a little technical; so I do not recommend this finish for anyone who does not have standard jewelers studio polishing equipment.
Care instructions: No special care required. This is real uncoated silver so it will tarnish over time, to a patina familiar to wearers of Southwest style silver jewelry.
Dawn dish soap, water and a very soft bristle toothbrush is the preffered way of cleaning if you were involved in mud wrestling while wearing your ring.
Never use an ultra- sonic cleaner, the ring will be fine but most gems will be damaged or destroyed.
Recommended gem size: faceted, calibrated 9 to 10 mm diameter heart shaped (one per ring),
and faceted, calibrated 5 mm diameter round (two per ring) (Sorry I have no way to get you the gems, but both the calibrated faceted 9 to 10 mm heart and 5 mm round gems are a very standard sizes, available in most towns, and online.) (Send me a mesage if you have trouble finding what you want, I will put you in touch with the suppliers I use.)