Custom championship ring
Championship rings are characterized by a very bulky design, most of the time presenting a large central stone in the upper part of the plateau.
These rings are also entirely filled with relief engravings, around the drawing or the central stone and on the two uprights of the ring of the signet ring.
They are often produced in series for a promotion party, to celebrate a championship or sporting event.
They require a lot of work for manufacturing, as we will see in this article.
Championship ring celebrating made for a kickboxking tournament in France, custom made service
This ring is quite complex because it has an engraving on the central plate, two engravings on the upper edges and two other lateral engravings.
It is also set with 158 zircons of 1.25 or 1 mm in diameter.
Oxidation of silver allows us to highlight the intaglio engraving on all sides of the ring.
We will detail in this article all the stages of manufacture, numerous, of this ring.
Custom made design
The project begins with the design draft, built from the elements provided by the client.
The description of the central plateau as well as the following side visuals:
We can launch a digital model giving an overview of the final rendering of the ring, design that can validate the customer or be used to visualize some details that will be modified.
This is what gives the virtual modeling of the project:
3D rendering of our CAD model of the championship ring with a silver finish
Once the CAD model approved by our customer, we can start the making process.
Making of the ring in silver
The first step is to make a wax model of our ring by the 3D printing process that allows us to faithfully reproduce all the tiny details on the digital model.
This wax model is then used to make a refractory plaster mold in which the molten silver will be cast.
View of the resin master in the cylinder before making the investment mold
Once the mold finished, it is burnt out before pouring melted silver metal in it. We then obtain our casted championship ring seen rough from casting hereafter.
Rough silver championship ring after casting and before finishing
Finish and stone setting
The work on the signet ring will consist in highlighting the oxidative engravings of silver and polishing reliefs.
And also consist of crimping the central stone, a blue zircon 10 millimeters in diameter and 158 small white zircons decorating the ring.
Oxidized ring, the silver is blackened
A quick polishing makes it possible to highlight the reliefs of the engravings of the ring.
Then we begin the preparation for crimping zircons.
The locations of the stones are drilled to eliminate any foundry defects where the stones will be placed.
Notice the exposed sites of the stones, lighter than the others
Then crimping begins, one stone after another.
We must adjust each stone in its location, fold down the claws that hold them in place and ensure the proper behavior of the stones.
Close-up view showing side engraving and zircons being crimped
This is what the work gives after crimping all the stones on one side.
Photo showing us and the result of oxidation and crimping on one side of the signet ring
View of signet ring showing closed main stone
View of the signet ring after crimping and before applying colors on the central plateau.
Colors of the ring
To represent the blue and red colors of the tray, we used resin, allowing us to measure the intensity of the shade according to the wishes of the customer.
After a few tests on test rings, we were able to find the right dosages.
Two tests with oxidized silver underlay or not
These tests allowed us to see the impact on the hue of the amount of pigment and the influence of the oxidized silver on the final rendering.
Once the ring's top has been removed from its black color and the hues removed, the signet ring is polished and lustrous to give it its final look, which you can see in these photos.
Championship ring in this box before delivery
Other championship made from the same process:
- See our gold signet ring collection
- Check our custom made service
- Ask for a quote for your ring project