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RESERVED for DEBBRA - Dark Red Orbicular Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring Size 6 Simple Design Oval Cabochon - New Handcrafted Jewelry

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This ring with a red-toned orbicular jasper stone set in Sterling silver is a new handcrafted item. It is fabricated from silver-soldered sheet and wire, and set with a traditional oval cabochon of beautiful ox-blood red jasper with contrasting maroon spots and a few yellow-toned highlights. More subtle spots of lighter red can be seen under magnification, and a mahogany-brown brecciation line crossing part of the stone adds further interest. Orbicular jaspers are actually highly silicified rhyolites that derive their name from the spherical structures of quartz and feldspar crystals that develop within the rock. Often highly colored, when the material is cut and polished, the exposed cross-sections of these orbs appear as roundish spots on the surface of the gem.

The bezel is of plain fine silver set on a slightly extended base plate, which creates a narrow decorative rim around the bottom of the bezel. The band is of sturdy 8-gauge half-round silver wire that has been hammered and tapered wider and flatter at both ends. The hammering leaves a subtle texture after polishing the metal. The style of this ring is simple, but the stone and metalwork details combine to create a unique piece.

The stone measures about 12 by 18 mm (0.5 by 0.7 inch). The bezel base plate measures about 14 by 20 mm (0.55 by 0.8 inch) in diameter, and the band is 3.5 mm (0.14 inch) wide at its narrowest point. The underside is stamped with the maker’s mark “RD” (R inside a larger D) and “.925” for Sterling silver. The weight of the Sterling silver in the ring before setting the stone was about 5 grams. The ring is SIZE 6.

A note for Astra’s Shadow shoppers: you may have noticed a number of silver jewelry items (or perhaps even purchased one) in the Astra’s Shadow collection described as vintage 1970s, many with an “RD” (R over D) makers mark. Those were made way back then by the same silversmith who made this piece and the other items in the “New Handmade Jewelry” section of this shop. He has resumed silver and lapidary work and is producing new handcrafted items as a part of Astra’s Shadow. A new maker’s stamp (small R within a larger D) was designed to distinguish the current pieces from the vintage ones.

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Please be aware that the 8.25% California state sales tax will be added to price for buyers with California addresses.

See all of the new handmade Sterling silver jewelry in the Astra’s Shadow shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AstrasShadow?section_id=7867421

Interested in vintage items? See all of the great vintage items from the Astra’s Shadow shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AstrasShadow

RESERVED for DEBBRA - Dark Red Orbicular Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring Size 6 Simple Design Oval Cabochon - New Handcrafted Jewelry


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  • Materials: Red Orbicular Jasper, Sterling silver
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