As you certainly know, religion is a great source of inspiration for the making of jewelry and many museums exhibit ancient religious jewelry, evidence that over the centuries men have worn on their religious symbols under jewelry form.

The religious symbols are most often worn as a pendant, however, it is quite possible to gather some symbols into a coherent design for the making of a ring or signet ring.

In the specific case of this jewel, it is the making of a Christian signet ring with an oval-shaped tray for a man, gathering several Christian symbols engraved in relief on the plate and the amounts of the ring.

catholic religious ring in gold

I invite you to discover the details of the design of this ring and its manufacture which were far from obvious.

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Other examples of Catholic jewelry made in our jewelry workshop

The different religious symbols used

The religious symbols found on this ring are numerous. We find there:

  • Chi-Rho
  • The eye of Providence
  • The M surmounted by a cross
  • The heart of Jesus and the heart of Mary
  • The crown of thorns
Chi-Rho is a primitive Christian symbol dating back to the fourth century AD, composed of the first two Greek letters of Jesus Christ and surrounded by alpha and omega.


You will find more information on this symbol via this article.

chi-rho symbol

The eye of providence is a Christian symbol that God sees everything and knows everything. (source).

eye of Providence

The M surmounted by a cross is the initial of Mary, and the cross is that of Christ.

Mary and cross of Jesus

The two hearts of Jesus and Mary are literal representations of these two Christian symbols.

heart of Mary and the hear of Jesus

The crown of thorn symbolizes the holy crown worn by Jesus during his crucifixion.

crown of thorn of Jesus

Design of the ring with the catholic symbols

The ring is designed according to the design of our client with support for the visuals provided and presented above.

The plate of the ring is an oval of 15 x 13 millimeters receiving 3 symbols engraved in relief, namely:

  • Chri-Rho in the center
  • the divine eye omniscient below
  • the initial M of the Virgin Mary surmounted by the cross of Jesus
  • all surrounded by a raised border
  • On the amounts of the ring, we find on the left the heart of Mary engraved in relief and on the right the heart of Jesus.


Under the ring, engraved in relief on the outside of the ring, a crown of thorns joins the two hearts, symbolizing the crown of thorns of Christ.

We must then build a digital model with all these details in order to transpose the idea and the visuals of the symbols into a 3D digital object that can satisfy the expectations of the sponsor.

design of the religious gold ring

Obviously, the computer tool is essential for this kind of work cumulating many fine details from all angles of the ring.

We use a professional jewelry creation software to create the model and rendering visuals of the ring.

rendering of the yellow gold religious ring

It also allows us via rendering to have a precise idea of the finalized ring with the golden color desired by the customer.

detailed view of the engraving on the sides of the catholic ring

Side view of the religious ring showing details engraved in relief on the montains of the ring, namely the heart of Jesus, the heart of Mary and the crown of thorns.

Once the design is validated, we are ready to begin the gold making of the ring.

Making of the signet ring in 18k gold

The gold manufacture of the ring will use the digital model previously made.

Using the digital file of our ring model, we realize the 3D printing of the wax ring with a 3D printer.

We then get the physical wax ring design corresponding to the digital model.

3d wax models for the making of gold catholic ring in our jewelry shop

Wax model of our catholic ring design after 3D printing

This wax model is then used to create a casting shaft for the lost wax casting process.

preparation for the casting process

View of a casting tree under development before making the refractory plaster mold.

The refractory plaster mold thus formed is heated to burn the resin and then flow into molten liquid gold.

This video summarizes the stages of mold preparation and casting of molten gold for another gold ring pattern.


Once the gold casting is completed, we recover our 18-carat gold tree from the plaster mold by breaking the latter.

gold casting of our catholic ring

 rough gold ring out of the casting process before finishing

View of details of the relief engraving obtained by the lost wax casting process

The ring is then cut from the carrot to be able to handle it and then follow the steps of detailing, retouching, filing and polishing to give the ring its final appearance.

catholic symbols engraved on the gold ring

Once the polishing is finalized, we obtain this result:

yellow gold polished catholic ring

 engravings on the side of the gold catholic ring

 view of the gold ring with all the catholic symbols molded

 catholic gold ring wore  on hand

 

Here are some examples of other Catholic or religious jewels we had the opportunity to make in our workshop:

gold catholic pendant jewish gold ring catholic gold cross pendant
religious ring jerusalem in silver and gold egyptian religious pendant catholic cross pendant

 

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April 10, 2019 — Nicolas Tranchant

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