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Ring-A-Day: Silver European Shank

Tried a European style shank in silver. The idea being that the bottom corners prevent the shank from spinning. My wedding ring is similarly shaped, and it’s upside down or sideways all the time. Whether or not it actually solves the problem, I like the style.

The simplicity of this ring is demanding. There’s no hiding mistakes in shape or polish. I love this kind of challenge.


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Ring-A-Day: Archer’s Thumb Ring

Once upon a time… or so these kind of stories go. This style of ring has been seen in Narnia, and The Rings trilogy. Unfortunately, due to some misinformation on the interwebs, most folks wear versions of it backwards. This would destroy the ceremonial designs on the face and send gems flying as the bow string crossed it

The ring is designed to give mechanical advantage, and not to protect the thumb as so many folks seem to think. These archers had calloused hands like a guitar player from practicing daily. They didn’t need to protect their thumbs. What they needed was rapid fire strumming. The hook at the end was used to grab the bow string and draw it. With an upward flick of the wrist, the arrow would take flight, the archer would draw the next arrow from the quiver, and then knock it in one graceful motion.


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Ring-A-Day: Silver and Pyrite Ring

Wow. Learned a valuable lesson today.

I’ve been carving this ring a few minutes a day for about a week. I found the cute little piece of double cube pyrite last week and wanted to make a silver setting for it. It’s a size 12 so there’s lots of rock and metal.

So what do you think I did after a week of working on this? I crushed the rock. It was almost perfect, but the prong was just a little crooked. Squeeze a little bit more and POP!

Today’s lesson: The gem is the most important thing. You can melt down metal and start over, but you can’t melt down a gem and start over.