KipkalinkaJewels

Skull Engagement and Wedding Rings, Mokume Gane Jewelry

Leipzig, Germany · 826 Sales

KipkalinkaJewels

Skull Engagement and Wedding Rings, Mokume Gane Jewelry

Leipzig, Germany 826 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(243)

Announcement   Skull engagement and wedding rings not only for goth and psychobilly people.
Black diamonds for sure, but also amethyst, peridot, spinel, garnet and topaz. My other love is mokume gane, which im producing by myself.
Im working exclusively with precious metals and stones. The metal used is all eco friendly from old jewelry - im recycling it by myself and return every scratch to a reuse circuit.
I graduated as a goldsmith and work in my profession for 9 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 doesnt 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 - sterling silver, 14K or 18K yellow, white or rose gold, just contact me and I will be delighted to work with you.

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Last updated on Mar 16, 2016

Skull engagement and wedding rings not only for goth and psychobilly people.
Black diamonds for sure, but also amethyst, peridot, spinel, garnet and topaz. My other love is mokume gane, which im producing by myself.
Im working exclusively with precious metals and stones. The metal used is all eco friendly from old jewelry - im recycling it by myself and return every scratch to a reuse circuit.
I graduated as a goldsmith and work in my profession for 9 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 doesnt 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 - sterling silver, 14K or 18K yellow, white or rose gold, just contact me and I will be delighted to work with you.

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(243)
Lauren Mont

Lauren Mont on Aug 24, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This wedding set is insanely awesome! I had high expectations, but they have been exceeded in every way. From the time it was ordered, to being made, shipped and to my front door took less than a month coming from Germany to Virginia. I honestly thought it would take much longer to get to me, so I was surprised when it arrived so soon. Christina was great, answered all my questions, and when I thought there was an issue with the order on the bank's part, she assured me that all was well. Excellent customer service. She even took the time to respond to me while she was on holiday. Seriously, this set is gorgeous. The craftsmanship is everything I hoped it would be, and I love that skulls are noticeable, but still dainty to some degree. I really couldn't be happier with my purchase! So in love with this ring set!! ?

catiemoon1

catiemoon1 on Aug 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This ring is beautiful. The gem is bigger than I thought, but I prefer it. The skulls are subtle and are done in lovely detail. I already have my eye on another one!

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About

Welcome to my studio!

Since my early childhood I love creating in many forms – sewing, drawing, tattooing and sculpture. At the age of 16 I got the opportunity to attend jewelry classes in school. There I found my life's calling.
Yet in sculpture I adored the fact that my creation will last longer than me. Within the resistant material my ideas become immortal. That's also the part I love most about jewelry. Just more than stone sculptures it accompanies the person who is wearing it. You see and feel the sleek material, beautiful stones and delicate design all the time. In my opinion fine jewelry is more than just a nice fashion accessory – what you can get from me is a direct expression of personality. Mine in yours, like friends have thoughts and views in common. So a piece of my soul (as what I consider my work) will become part of your life.

To make my rings, necklaces and earrings your lifelong friends I want them to be everlasting. So I went to a craft school for jewelry and glass after high school. There I was taught for 3 years in the old craft of goldsmithing in its traditional way.
Its a great fortune, that in Germany old crafts are still being maintained in a high grade of professionalism and precision. I am absolutely grateful to have gained that kind of high level education as a craftswoman.

My training there comprised jewelry designing, drawing and calligraphy, beneath the basic goldsmithing-techniques also mokume gane, enameling, repoussé, engraving, filigree and a little blacksmithing. You find many of them applied on the pieces I keep for you in my shop.

For a new model im making a prototype from scratch in sterling silver. Means carving skulls, bending and shaping the band, making the setting and thousand other little steps to bring out a very special ring. This takes around 20-50 hours of work.
For this reason my designs remain organic in the meaning of microscopic asymetries, which occur in nature and make natural things as beautiful as they are. In comparison to computer modeled designs, which seem to me just too perfect and too clean to be true. All rings are hand polished, to keep the details. Thats is a time consuming process, which requires professional skills and patience.

Seven years ago I graduated with craft certificate, since then I'm working on refining my skills in my studio, located in an old factory building from the 1890s in some industrial part of Leipzig.

When not working there I study history of arts in Leipzig. I need this intellectual input, too. Especially I'm interested in historical styles expressed in decorative arts and their development in general.
My mokume gane works where exposed yet in small galleries, for example in Berlin, Munich, Tübingen and Halle/Saale. By Etsy I take the chance to offer my jewelry to customers all over the world.
Please follow me on Facebook and Pinterest to see my newest work in progress, showpieces from my private collection and much more:
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    Goldsmithing craftswoman by heart and soul. Hopeless perfectionist attaching minute attention to proper processing and top grade quality. Just not able to stand selling you jewelry that wont be with you all your life.

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Last updated on Jun 22, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Sizing details

During check-out you have to choose a US ring size. Find my size conversion chart here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g240gyo5h9e0yag/AABICbtiSQfkYXn8sEZvE_n7a?dl=0
Convo me if you need help.

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.
Im offering 2 shipping upgrades: "faster" - takes to Europe 2-4, to the US 7-8 days and "Expedited" - EU 24h, US 48h, AUS 72h. They have to be purchased additionally in my shop section "Shipping upgrades"

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.

How come these prices?

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.