This heirloom design is a truly hand-hammered hinged locket box pendant, style # 695 of our online design selection catalog. You may choose the approximate size in a custom order. The face of the box can be any array of gems that you like from a ‘plain Jane’ to an elegantly well dressed look. This piece has a round shape and has a round shaped center gem that is securely mounted with a full bezel. The remainder of the face is decorated with a silver rope wrapped around the outside of the bezel and fine shallow hand engraved artwork. The barrel hinge doubles as the bail and has a 2.5 mm opening. The front tip has two ridges for simple opening by one’s fingernails. Inside are two separate rings that will hold photos in place on each side of the interior. The fit at the rim is tight enough to securely hold the box closed while being worn.
The gemstone is a natural blue purple gray star Sapphire weighing 5.95 carat. This is an opaque, color zoned and heavily included gem that has no treatment or heating and was mined in Mogok Burma. This is a floating natural star rather than a diffused star. This gem has a star that is complete with six medium length rays, is nicely orientated to the center of the gem, and is moderate in brightness as well as in sharpness. Sapphire is the birthstone of September and has a hardness of 9 on Moh’s scale thus is very suitable for a wide variety of jewelry.
Our Sterling silver is made by melting down fine silver and pure copper to create an ingot of 93% silver alloy. Consequentially our alloys are a little on the rich side of .925 Sterling. Copper alone is the remaining 7%, no base metal is used.
Weights and Measures
This handcrafted piece weighs 26.8 grams, not light or dainty! On the outside it measures 31 x 31 x 8 mm and the inside is 28 x 28 x 5 mm.
All of our jewelry is made with the old fashioned hand hammered technique. We start by alloying an ingot then proceed with hammering, rolling, filing, sawing, soldering, drilling, sanding and polishing. We do not sell castings and never use glue in our heirloom quality jewelry.
Thailand’s Gem Markets
Being a gemologist in Thailand makes providing you with the right gemstones a snap. Furthermore, the gem markets here are nothing short of amazing! We shop in four different gem districts across the country and the variety is world class. Additionally, a precision gem cutter is working for our operation. Of course, we also source fine gemstone rough with our worldwide network of contacts in the mining business.
Since I love to travel and shop for gemstones, I do act as a buyer’s guide to the gem markets for any visitor that would like assistance. Often I can meet you at a gem market or even pick you up at the airport to get our adventure started.
Custom cut gemstones
An essential part of our service is custom gemstone cutting. You may supply rough stones for us to have precision faceted or cabbed into the shapes that you desire. In addition, many gemstones that are already native cut will be improved in clarity and light return by a new precision cut.
Custom orders on gemstone cutting are normally ready in just two to three weeks. Message me with details of your gemstone requirements. I will provide the address along with special instructions on shipping stones to us.
Your gems or ours
Select gemstones from our site or send us yours for your own LEE jewelry piece. You may select the main stone plus the exact number of accent stones from right here. Please ask if you do not see exactly the gemstones you are looking for. In addition to our listed gemstones we have thousands more in stock that are ready yet are unlisted.
Please note that we are happy to work with your personal stones but do not have any insurance to protect them. Consequently, the stones will be at your risk only. When we use stones from our store for your custom order we back them for the purchase price. We do not guarantee or insure a stone that we did not sell. That said, it is not common that one breaks or is damaged in setting.
We are happy to make you a custom piece of jewelry with Sterling 925 silver or 18K yellow gold. You may also request that we use 999 silver or 965 yellow gold. Furthermore, you may decide on a combination of our metals such as a gold bezel in a silver ring.
Select your own style by browsing our online selection catalog with over 500 designs that we have previously created. As an alternative to our catalog you may send photos or even a picture of your sketches about your idea. A custom ordered piece is normally ready for shipping in 15 to 30 days. We will enter your special piece into the queue immediately once we have your stone selection and you have made your payment. Contact us with your ideas for a fast quote.