This is a completed ring ready to ship now. You may also custom order a similar one and it will be ready to ship in about 3-6 weeks.
Here is a truly handmade unisex ring in a solitaire filigree style, design # 170 of our online design selection catalog. The gem is set with a full bezel in a solid basket with an open back, very secure and protected. This ring is built hefty and has decorative twisted wire work around the bezel and flanks the gem on each side in the center the mildly tapered band.
The gem is a natural dark Sillimanite cabochon with a cat’s eye phenomena. This gem appears to be black or very dark purple. It is a 4.03 carat, 10.6 x 10.3 x 4.9 mm round cabochon with no treatments, no fillers and no heat. The cat’s eye is natural rather than diffused. It is one long line across the stone that opens up into two then down to one again as the stone is moved. It is medium in brightness, well centered and medium in sharpness. This gem is opaque and has a nice polish. Sillimanite has a hardness of 7 on Moh’s scale.
Weights and Measures
This handcrafted piece weighs 10.6 grams.
This ring size is a 10½ in the USA, inside diameter of 0.794 inches or 20.17mm, the inside circumference is 2.49 inches or 63.4mm, in the United Kingdom, Ireland Australia and New Zealand it is a size U½, in India, China and Japan it is a size 22, and in Switzerland it is a size 22.75.
We started this project 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%. We do not add base metal in our alloy so there is less chance for any allergic reaction.
Re-sizing or re-building to another size with the same gemstones is free!
Re-sizing one of our rings can often be done quite easily by hammering and re-polishing when only increasing by a size or so and there will be no noticeable delay in the shipping time. When we need to have the size decreased at all or increased by more than about one size then I have to ask you to be patient as it will need to re-enter the queue and will be ready for shipping in about 30 days. Right after you make the purchase be sure to message me about the new size before I have a chance to ship.
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 30 to 60 days. We will enter your special piece into the queue as soon as we have your stone selection and you have made your payment. Contact us with your ideas for a fast quote.