Creation of a gold religious ring for men
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.
I invite you to discover the details of the design of this ring and its manufacture which were far from obvious.
Here are some examples of other religious rings made in our workshop :
The different religious symbols used
The religious symbols found on this ring are numerous. We find there :
- The eye of providence
- The M surmounted by a cross
- The heart of Jesus and the heart of Mary
- The crown of thorns
Chrism 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.
The Eye of Providence is a Christian symbol that God sees everything and knows everything (source).
The M surmounted by a cross is the initial of Mary and the cross is that of Christ.
The two hearts of Jesus and Mary are literal representations of these two Christian symbols.
The crown of thorn symbolizes the holy crown worn by Jesus during his crucifixion.
Design of the ring around the Christian 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 :
- chrism 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.
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.
It also allows us via rendering to have a precise idea of the finalized ring with the golden color desired by the customer.
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.
Gold manufacture of the signet ring
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.
View of our wax ring obtained by 3D printing
This wax model is then used to create a casting shaft for the lost wax casting process.
View of a casting tree under development before making the refractory plaster mold. You can discover all the steps of preparing such a mold by reading this article on the subject.
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-karat gold tree from the plaster mold by breaking the latter.
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 is final appearance.
Once the polishing is finalized, we obtain this result :
Here are some examples of other religious jewels that we had the opportunity to make in our jewelry workshop :
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