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Handmade turquoise and copper ring

Classic modern pairing - copper and turquoise - sculpturally encompassed by a brushed, electroformed band that follows the contour of the stone.

All of my works are unique one off pieces and completely handmade in my studio.


Ring Size: US 7.5 / 7.75
Stone setting approx. size 5/8" x 3/8" (WxH)

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The Alchemist's Chart

Turquoise
Symbol: CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8 • 5H2O
Birthstone: December
Zodiac: Capricorn and Sagittarius

Copper
Symbol: CU
Atomic #: 29
Atomic Weight: 63.546
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History + Lore: Turquoise is one of the oldest stones gemstones known to man. It was used by the ancient Egyptians as early as 3000 BC many native tribes and weary travellers.
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**For information regarding electroformed ring construction, care and maintenance, finishes and patinas, please visit my policies page for more information.

Your comments and questions are always welcome!

Frequently asked questions about MidwestAlchemy

I welcome custom work should you be looking for something that is not currently available within my shop. Custom work based upon availability and studio schedule. Please feel free to contact me with your questions!
This process allows me to explore opportunities that are not feasible with traditional metal-working techniques but unfortunately does not allow for resizing once the ring is complete.

Electroforming, in the simplest terms, is the intricate process of controlling a metal deposit of copper onto a conductive surface whether it be an organic or inorganic material. This process is similar to plating...but is done over a much longer period of time - and can be anywhere from 2 - 12 hours. Basically a thick “skin” of metal is built up into a rigid surface - which in this case is the ring or pendant form. Various patinas and finishes are possible after the initial electroforming process is complete.
Each piece has been hand-sculpted, electroformed in copper.

To preserve its finish, please do not use heavy commercial abrasives, tarnish removers or ultrasonic cleaners. Pieces should be worn with care and not during aggressive activities or long exposures to water - shower, swimming, etc. Avoid strikes or blows to the minerals or gemstones. A warm, natural oxidation will occur after repeated wear or use. A soft polish cloth can be used to lightly buff the surface. Storing in an airtight container when not in use will also help preserve its finish.
BLACKENED COPPER

Rings have been treated with LOS - Liver of Sulfur. It is a surface treatment / patina and will wear in time. Keeping the surface free of excessive water will help preserve the finish. The exposed copper will darken and oxidize with continuous use to a beautiful, natural patina.

REAPPLY PATINA

As you wear your piece the patina will wear with time - this varies from person to person. Should you want to freshen your piece with a new patina, you can do so with liver of sulfur which can be purchased online. Personally I prefer the gel variety that is premixed and apply as needed.
Some people green and others do not. Greening is simply the ring reacting to the air and your body's chemistry. We are constantly releasing chemicals from our bodies sometimes resulting in a reaction with the metal surface. This will not effect the integrity of the ring. Electroformed pieces will not be affected …but alkaline levels in some persons bodies may be high and may cause greening along the base of the finger - this is difficult to predict - as everyone's chemistry is different.

Greening is not harmful and can be removed with non-gel toothpaste.

If you are concerned with greening, you can apply jeweler's Skin Guard (available in a brush-on form) to the ring band to aid in preventing greening.

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: patina, turquoise, electroformed copper
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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