KIPKALINKA

Dainty skull rings for Goth Engagement + Dark Weddings

Leipzig, Germany On Etsy since 2012

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KIPKALINKA

Dainty skull rings for Goth Engagement + Dark Weddings

Leipzig, Germany | 1,746 Sales

Announcement    Skull engagement and dark wedding rings for all you daring tattooed witches!
Follow me on insta @kipkalinka for regular updates and insights to my craft.

What i do i do by my own hands, there is no CAD or wax-plotting involved in my working process. While making your rings i hold them in my very hands for several hours.

I'm working exclusively with precious metals and stones. As for example conflict-free black diamonds, tanzanite, tourmaline, amethyst, peridot, spinel, garnet and topaz. The metal used is all eco-friendly from old jewelry - I'm recycling it by myself and return every scratch to a reuse circuit.

Due to skyrocketing precious metal prices in the last year I had to raise my prices recently. Especially palladium, which is contained in the white gold alloys i use as well as by itself has tripled its value during the last 12 months. I hope you can understand that. As soon as this craze is over I will lower the prices accordingly.

I graduated as an artisan goldsmith after 3 years of full-time schooling and work in my profession for more than 10 years, now. One of the best parts is working with my customers to create unique and very personal jewelry following your desires. Please feel free to convo me for custom orders! - It doesn't matter if you want an item resized, with some modifications like a different stone or an entirely custom-designed masterpiece by a drawing - everything is possible.

I can make any of this jewelry in your size and metal of choice. No matter if you want sterling silver, 14K or 18K yellow, white gold, rose gold, palladium or platinum - just contact me and I will be delighted to work with you.

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Last updated on Jan 22, 2020

Skull engagement and dark wedding rings for all you daring tattooed witches!
Follow me on insta @kipkalinka for regular updates and insights to my craft.

What i do i do by my own hands, there is no CAD or wax-plotting involved in my working process. While making your rings i hold them in my very hands for several hours.

I'm working exclusively with precious metals and stones. As for example conflict-free black diamonds, tanzanite, tourmaline, amethyst, peridot, spinel, garnet and topaz. The metal used is all eco-friendly from old jewelry - I'm recycling it by myself and return every scratch to a reuse circuit.

Due to skyrocketing precious metal prices in the last year I had to raise my prices recently. Especially palladium, which is contained in the white gold alloys i use as well as by itself has tripled its value during the last 12 months. I hope you can understand that. As soon as this craze is over I will lower the prices accordingly.

I graduated as an artisan goldsmith after 3 years of full-time schooling and work in my profession for more than 10 years, now. One of the best parts is working with my customers to create unique and very personal jewelry following your desires. Please feel free to convo me for custom orders! - It doesn't matter if you want an item resized, with some modifications like a different stone or an entirely custom-designed masterpiece by a drawing - everything is possible.

I can make any of this jewelry in your size and metal of choice. No matter if you want sterling silver, 14K or 18K yellow, white gold, rose gold, palladium or platinum - just contact me and I will be delighted to work with you.

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New ring listed! THYONE was rescued from the underworld by her son to spend eternity as a goddess. Thus she knows both - the darkness and the light, which are symbolized by massive 14k yellow gold and a pit black natural spinel.
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About KIPKALINKA

Sales 1,746
On Etsy since 2012

Searching for the immortality of the soul

My name is Christine and I am a professional goldsmith from Leipzig, Germany. From an early age there were three constants in my life: the urge to create, my love for details, and a profound interest in the supernatural.
Of all techniques and materials I have worked with, stone and metal fascinate me the most. I have always wanted my ideas to become immortal within resistant materials. The skull, as a symbol of memento mori, complements the temporal dimension of my work.
Our time on earth is measured and precious. We can only try to escape mortality. Thus, I believe in creating items of value - they allow us to exist longer than our earthly lifetime. My work lives on in a connection you confirm by giving a beloved one a ring I made for you.
I am convinced that we have to look closer and dig deep below the surface to truly realize and recognize each other, ourselves, and the world. This drives me to use so much care in the details of my jewelry.
Each piece has a name and a story, since I want to create items of value and meaning. My skull engagement rings are named in honour of a goddess or mythical woman to make us remember and for them to be remembered.
What I do, I do with my own hands and every single piece takes time. There is no computer-aided design or wax plotting involved in any part of my manufacturing process. My assets are sharp vision, patience, and deftness, paired with more than 10 years of experience as a professional goldsmith.
For a new model I usually make a prototype from scratch in metal. Which means carving skulls, bending and shaping the band, making the setting, and thousand other little steps. Depending on the complexity of the design, the whole procedure can take up to 50 hours of work. All precious metal I use is sustainably recycled from old jewelry to keep resources in the ground.
I prefer to work with natural gemstones as I love them for their ability to interconnect the earth and the sky, the darkness and the light. What stems from the darkest depths is only ignited to its full capacity of color and shine when shaped by a master’s hand and met by the light from above.
If you are looking for a subtle way of expressing your love, an elegant talisman that holds all the mysteries of our lives and inspires the seeker in your heart, then you might find I already thought of you before you came here.

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  • Christine Kipkalinka

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Customer Service, Saleswoman

    Goldsmithing craftswoman by heart and soul. Hopeless perfectionist and kind of a dinosaur for still making detailed fine jewelry all by hand. I like to make things of meaning that last.

  • Kathrin

    Assistant, Customer Service, Assistant

    Freelance assistant to help Christine with answering your convos. Im a goldsmith, too.

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Last updated on Dec 20, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Sizing details

During check-out you have to choose an US ring size. If you want to order in another scale, please choose "000" from the drop-down and leave me your size as a note with your order.

I can practically work with every scale in which rings are measured. No matter if EU, UK or US sizes. Inner diameter is fine, too. - BUT make sure it was measured properly by a jeweler or at home by a sliding calliper.
Strings, paper strips or rulers are not exact enough to measure your ring size! I tell you to avoid unnecessary shipping back and forth. Be assured to get exactly the size you order.

Custom and personalised orders

In my "Ready to ship" section you find different models in different sizes which are ready made and ready to ship.
All other listings are made to order. Processing time is 3-4 weeks, then they will be shipped. Dont forget to add estimated shipping time to your area, to know, when your order will actually be with you.
If you need it sooner, please contact me. Depending on needed size and order situation i might be able to speed it up.
For real rush orders im charging 20% of total price.
Expedited shipping takes to - EU 24h, US 48h, AUS 72h. Choose this option during check-out and please, PROVIDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER. Its mandatory, so the carrier can schedule delivery with you.

Payment Plans

Payment plans - No problem! To set up your personal plan I need to know which model and stone you want, the size youd need and what would be a convenient amount for you to pay per installment.
Id apprechiate an initial payment quite soon to confirm your will to purchase. This will be done via custom listing. Convo me for yours.
The other payments will be set up as a reserved listing in the quantity of your installments. You may purchase as many of them as you want whenever you feel like. No interest charged. I will send you a link to your reserved listing, from that one you can purchase over and over until its yours. Your item will be processed as soon as the total price is fully paid. Until then all installments are refundable.

Philosophy and self-understanding

Im a small, highly skilled german business. I value my work and that of others, so i see no point in price dumping at any part of the process or in material. Lower price means lower quality. Always.
What im offering to you is high end jewelry. Its neither thin nor lightweight, even though its dainty.
For a new model im making a prototype from scratch in sterling silver. Means carving skulls, bending and shaping the band, making the settings and a thousand other little steps to bring out a very special ring. This takes around 20-50 hours of work.
All rings are polished by hand, to keep the details. Thats is a time consuming process, which requires professional skills and patience.
Goldsmithing is an ancient craft to make things which last.

How to find out my partner's size without asking?

If you need to find out the size of your partner: Take a ring of similar width as the one you want to buy, which fits him/her and measure its inner diameter by a sliding calliper. Tell me the inner diameter in mm or send a picture. Here you find a picture of how to measure: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n061e1s4bbworke/AABUcDe-wMOWQVxsJ_N1C5cVa?dl=0

Are these real natural stones?

I prefer to work with precious natural gemstones, from which im only using the best quality on the market. Certainly, that is reflected in my prices.
Also my diamonds are all natural. Wherever you read "natural diamond" or "nat dia" its EXACTLY that - natural, conflict free diamonds.
But due to customer request im also offering some imitations. You can easily spot them in listings and variations. If you read "lab diamond/ruby/whatever" then its a man made stone. All others are perfectly natural and real. Im working only with reputable german stone traders.
As diamond imitations im using cubic zirconia for small stones and black moissanite for the big ones.

Expedited Shipping

When you choose "Expedited shipping" during checkout, that means your item will be with you 2-3 workdays (depending on your location) after it is completed. This option has no influence on processing time. It takes usually 3-4 weeks to complete a custom made item. Please, contact me, if you need a made to order item on a specific date. Only items from my "Ready to Ship" section will be with you within 3-4 workdays.

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