Lapis lazuli ring creation
Lapis lazuli stone has been sought after to adorn princely rings and jewelery for thousands of years.
Its natural deep blue color has seduced men and women over the ages.
Used for over 7000 years by man, it is not surprising that it is still used to adorn jewelry.
The lapis lazuli stone is characterized by the sometimes presence of splinters of yellow pyrite which gives the impression of a milky way of gold flakes of the most beautiful effect.
Here are some lapis lazuli ring projects we made in our jewelry workshop.
- Lapis lazuli men's ring
- Lapis lazuli gold ring with a solitaire diamond
- Lapis lazuli silver engagement ring
Lapis lazuli men's ring
Lapis lazuli gemstone is the ideal stone for men. It has a strong hue, it's inexpensive and easy to cut, to it is the perfect stone for any men looking for a large blue stone set on its ring.
For this project, we present the step by step creation process of a men signet ring set with a large lapis lazuli.
This is a train ring design, custom made for our client, a TGV (French bullet train) driver.
Lapis lazuli men's ring made through our online custom made service
The aim of the project is to represent a train type TGV ring.
The creation of the ring begins therefore by taking into account the customer drawing and the picture of the reference train to be reproduced.
Sketch of the project and picture of the train to be made on the ring
The ring is made of a ring representing the rails on which a stylized TGV is mounted.
On the latter is set a lapis lazuli stone whose blue color is obviously reminiscent of the real train.
Making of the silver ring
The project begins with a 3D modeling phase that allows us to virtually sculpt the shapes of our ring project.
With the virtual photos of the digital model, we get this rendering, close to the future real rendering.
Rendering view of the silver ring project with the lapis lazuli stone on it
Once this design is validated by the project sponsor, we can launch the physical manufacture of the signet ring.
The 3D printing process allows us to physically obtain in resin our ring which was until now virtual.
The signet ring consists of two pieces, the ring-shaped rail and the train.
Then, by the lost-wax casting process, we make a refractory plaster mold in which the molten silver is then cast, thus allowing us to obtain the pieces of our silver ring.
Rough silver parts after the casting process
The pieces are then deburred and then retouched and pre-polished before being assembled by soldering.
Welding of the silver ring parts
At this point, we can start the cutting work of lapis lazuli stone.
Cutting the lapis lazuli stone
For this big job, we start from a blog of raw lapis lazuli.
Three qualities of stones are possible, we will choose the best, the one presenting a deep blue with few incrustations of pyrites (on the left of the photo).
See 3 different grades of lapis lazuli stone with the best grade on the left
To cut the stone, we use a diamond disc mounted on micro motor and regularly cool the stone in water, which also serves as a lubricant for cutting.
The stone is cut and set in place.
Setting the stone on the men's silver ring
First cut the edges of the stone to ensure its fit in its location and then stick it in place.
Then we retouch the upper part by cutting and polishing successively to give it the desired curvature.
Finishing to cut the stone once set in place on the ring
Finishing the ring
The silver ring and the lapis lazuli stone are polished.
View of the ring after polishing of the ring and the stone
In order to bring out the details of the train, the ring is oxidized to blacken the silver.
The last polishing makes it possible to bring out the brilliance of the silver leaving only the blackened hollows, which makes it possible to appreciate at best the hollows and reliefs of the model of TGV.
See the details of the train design highlighted by the oxidized silver
Lateral view of the men's ring showing the rail and the train
Lapis lazuli gold ring with diamond
This next project is a lapis lazuli gold ring for women with a solitaire diamond set in the center of the lapis lazuli stone.
This is 6 grams 18k gold ring measuring 13 mm large with a 2 mm HSI white diamond on its center et flush.
This is another custom made ring project.
Front view of the lapis lazuli gold ring showing the lapis lazuli and the central diamond
At the origin of the project, our client wanted to associate lapis lazuli stone with a diamond on a gold mount.
His choice fell on a lapis lazuli stone studded with pyrite to obtain the effect of a starry sky.
Natural lapis lazuli stone with pyrite incrustation
The design of our client is then modeled in CAD in order to become a part of her project.
Photo rendering of the ring project before starting the making
At this point, the project can be validated by the customer and then started in manufacturing by starting with the 3D printing of our wax model.
3D wax model of the ring made with a 3D printer
Then the melting operation, during which the molten gold is poured into the mold made with our wax master.
Allowing us to get the raw cast metal ring.
Rough gold ring after casting process
The ring is then cleaned, deburred and the lapis lazuli stone is cut and shaped in order to fit better to its housing in the ring.
Picture showing the lapis lazuli stone ready to be fitted on the gold ring
Then the diamond can be crimped into place at the center of the ring.
It is a small diamond of 2 millimeters diameter HSI quality.
View of the diamond in the middle of the ring before setting the lapis lazuli stone in place
We can now put the lapis lazuli stone and polish the final ring.
View from beneath showing the gold basket under the stone with geometric shapes
View of the ring on the jeweler's workbench
Lapis lazuli silver engagement ring
This project is a lapis lazuli ring made as an engagement ring. It is made of silver and set with small zirconia and small cabochons of natural lapis lazuli stones.
Silver engagement ring showing both lapis lazuli cabochons
Design of the ring
This is a corset ring set with 50 1mm white zirconia on both sides, 6 1mm turquoise zirconia on the center and two lapis lazuli cabochon on the sides.
Rendering view of the computerized design of the ring custom made through our online service
Making of the ring
As for the other project, once the design is frozen by our client, the ring is 3D printed in wax and cast in silver.
The rough silver ring is then polished and the stones set in place and the inner mesh of the ring is oxidized in black.
- Our custom ring making service
- A turquoise silver ring making
- More lapis lazuli jewelry making here
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