Hand-Forged Ring Method
Hand-forging is the traditional artisan way of making jewellery. This is how we continue the art:
We begin with the unfinished precious materials. This is a Platinum block.
So that the block can be worked, it is annealed – heated until the metal atoms align, allowing the structure to become more malleable.
To achieve the desired thickness, the Platinum is hand-rolled. The mill compresses the metal, which becomes thinner and longer. This is now a tapered strip.
The strip is curved and joined to become the ring. A repeated process of hammering on the anvil and filing and bending at the bench is required.
The maker relies on their eye and experience to craft the correct shape for the desired design and finger size. This is an exciting stage, as the body of the ring takes shape we get a true sense of how the final piece will look.
This traditional artisan approach is not often seen today, with many jewellers choosing to buy-in pre-fabricated ring casts.
Once the ring is ready, the centre-stone (in this design an Aquamarine) is placed at the top. Positions for the stone claw are marked. The claw arms are soldered-on and the piece enters the finishing stage.
Repeated filing, shaping and polishing of the ring is undertaken, prior to the setting of the stones.