Smoky Waters Ring // Rose Gold, Gold, and Silver
Smoky Waters Ring // Quartz (April Birthstone)
The gorgeous clarity of these crystals reminds me of water, like a river or something frozen like a glacier. But it isn't crystal clear; there are irregularities, imperfections, and inclusions. This is why I felt that "Smoky Waters" was a good name for it, especially fitting because the stone used in this ring is a Smoky Quartz. Smoky Quartz is the stone that represents positivity, to eliminate the stress and doubt when faced with chaos or confusion. It is obvious that the stone on this ring is beautiful, even though there is so much going on with the large size, inclusions, irregularities, and imperfections. I hope that this can remind us that even in the chaos of our own lives, our lives are beautiful! I hope that this ring will remind you to find your life beautiful because of the imperfections, to love your smoky waters.
These rings are definitely a large statement piece. I use smaller stones for smaller ring sizes, and bigger sizes for bigger ring sizes; so that it is always a statement piece, but proportional to the size of your finger. The beauty of using naturally formed crystals is that every ring is perfectly unique, scroll through some of the pictures to see how they can vary.
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The process: It starts out with a handmade hammered band, which gives the ring a lot of pretty texture. The stone is then positioned on the band, carefully choosing the prettiest crystals and positioning them on the band in the way that looks best with the stone. After finding the perfect design, the mounting is shaped and sanded to get the prettiest shape, and the ring is carefully painted with conductive paint. Using an electric current, metal deposits onto the ring and around the base of the stones for 12+ hours. This slow build up of metal creates a unique and organic looking setting that very securely holds the stone in place. The ring is tumbled, hand-polished, and plated in a very thick layer of gorgeous 18k gold, rose gold, or sterling silver. The plating is many microns thick, much thicker than typical plated jewelry. Everything is lead & nickel fee. Long story short... a whole lot of time and love is put into this little beauty!