It was Christmas time and a client called and asked me to create the perfect ring for his soon to be finance´.
David knew what he wanted. His girlfriend was a typographer and her favorite character was an ampersand (&). He wanted to create an ampersand ring in yellow gold with diamonds.
We met and went over the sketches and specifications. A wax was created. A wax is an exact representation of the jewelry since a mold will be made from it, producing an exact replica. After approving the wax, the ring was cast and diamonds were set in the negative spaces of the ampersand.
Her reaction on Christmas morning was priceless. Both she and David appreciate the handcrafted, genuine one-of-a-kind keepsake and the memories made were priceless.
Note: The casting process utilized for this ring is called lost wax casting. The process is as follows: a wax representing the exact product desired is created. The wax can be created via CAD and printed to a 3D wax or it can be hand carved. In this case, it was carved since it was a one-of-a-kind. The wax is then suspended in a flask and filled with investment, a plaster-like substance. The flask is heated and the wax melts out, creating a void or mold of the exact likeness to be cast. Molten gold is then poured into the flask, filling the mold. The investment is washed away revealing the casting. Now come the pre-finishing, stone setting, final finishing and polishing.