This highly ornate ladies ring is a truly handmade heirloom quality in style #34 of our online design selection catalog. Thai people feel a national pride for this ancient design created originally for royalty many hundreds of years ago. This is “The Flower of the Angels”. A skilled climber picked a flower from a vine growing in the canopy of the rain forest and presented it to the Queen. This style represents the special flower. It Is rare to see one of these flowers when fresh. It now is even more rare to see this artful design as a great many modern smiths are no longer taught this historical style due to the high level of patience and skill required. As a foreigner to Thailand I am honored to have been taught to create this style. A halo of sawed prongs securely mount the solitary gemstone in an intricately created and highly decorated basket. Hand engraved flowers grace the flanking plates. The band is split under the plates. This is a comfort fit band that is built heavy.
This is a Thai star Sapphire in a black color. This is an unheated and untreated Star Sapphire with a natural floating star that is complete with six long rays. The star in this fine gem shows itself with medium high brightness, medium sharpness and is nicely centered. This natural star is not diffused but instead occurs naturally by the alignment of inclusions in the crystal structure. This well polished gemstone weighs 2.30 carats and is a marquise cabochon that measures 11.6 x 6.3 x 3.1 mm. This is a natural gem that has color zoning.
This is a very stable gem with a hardness of 9 on Moh’s scale. Sapphire is the birthstone of September.
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.
Weights and Measures
This hand crafted ring is a size 8 in the USA, inside diameter of 0.714 inches or 18.14mm, the inside circumference is 2.24 inches or 57mm, in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand it is a size P½, in India, China and Japan it is a size 16, and in Switzerland it is a size 17.75.
The weight of this well built ring is about 5.9 grams.
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.