Making a Mountain Ring

Since our jewelry is handcrafted right here in NYC, I thought it would be fun to give you a behind the scenes look at how we make the Mountain Ring. It's one of our most popular designs and, you could say, the ring that started it all

I first carved the ring by hand out of a block of wax, which was then cast into metal, through a process called lost wax casting, to make the initial prototype.

A silicone mold was then made from that prototype for future castings, i.e. your orders!

Below you will see the step-by-step process of how we transform each raw casting into the final ring you wear.

1.We saw off the "sprue" on the casting, which is excess metal that held the ring in place during the casting process.

1.We saw off the "sprue" on the casting, which is excess metal that held the ring in place during the casting process.

2. Then we smooth out the edge using different grades of files, always going from the roughest to the finest.

2. Then we smooth out the edge using different grades of files, always going from the roughest to the finest.

3. Since a ring typically shrinks during casting, we gently hammer it down a mandrel with a raw hide mallet to enlarge it.

3. Since a ring typically shrinks during casting, we gently hammer it down a mandrel with a raw hide mallet to enlarge it.

4. The ring shank is then sanded on both sides, using different grades of sandpaper.

4. The ring shank is then sanded on both sides, using different grades of sandpaper.

6. The outer surface of the ring is polished using different grades of bristle polishing discs, mounted on a rotary tool.

6. The outer surface of the ring is polished using different grades of bristle polishing discs, mounted on a rotary tool.

5. The inside of the ring is cleaned up and smoothed out using different grades of rubber polishing wheels. 

5. The inside of the ring is cleaned up and smoothed out using different grades of rubber polishing wheels. 

7. We then stamp the ring's inside to mark its metal content.

7. We then stamp the ring's inside to mark its metal content.

8. Finally, the ring is ready to be tumbled inside a spinning barrel, along with these steel shots, for up to an hour. Tumbling helps strengthen and brighten your ring.

8. Finally, the ring is ready to be tumbled inside a spinning barrel, along with these steel shots, for up to an hour. Tumbling helps strengthen and brighten your ring.

A closer look at our tool bar, filled with different tools for polishing and drilling. Each of our jewelry piece comes into contact with at least a third of them!

A closer look at our tool bar, filled with different tools for polishing and drilling. Each of our jewelry piece comes into contact with at least a third of them!

Bright and polished, ready to be worn.

Bright and polished, ready to be worn.

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