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« on: April 13, 2014, 09:58:37 pm »

Just a plain, simple,  size 13, nickle silver, ring that will take a 1.5 x 1 mm cab.  What I have in mind is about 4cm on the bottom part, the part that would be on the palm side of your finger, and tapering up to the oval. I think it's called the bezel, the part that would go all around the edge of the stone and hold it in. Nothing fancy.  I could set the stone myself.

What would it cost?
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2014, 09:43:16 am »

Plenty of people here could make a ring for you, but it's not really clear what you are asking.  Not really sure your units are right.  It's a pretty rare cab that is 1.5x1 mm.  4 cm is 1.5 inches which would be VERY wide for a ring.  You might be best off dropping by a local jewelry store and asking them. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2014, 09:44:48 am »

Oops, I see this was a very old thread...I guess I should have just let it die its slow death! 
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2014, 01:18:44 pm »

Well, no one answered so maybe it needed a bump!  Dave, did you ever find someone to make you a ring???
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2014, 01:46:27 pm »

Well, I don't see anyone able to make a bezel for a very small 1mm x 1.5mm cab. If someone wanted to do the smithing, they would need the stone in hand to be able to make it the right size. The bezel needs to be a snug fit to the stone, otherwise you can't roll the bezel onto the stone.

That's probably why no one responded to the question.

No offense offered here, just trying to offer an explanation.

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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2014, 08:05:50 pm »

No wonder only two people sent me PMs. The ring would be a size 13. Big bones. I'm no good with metric so let's go with inches. The stone would be about 1/2  inches wide by about 3/4 inches long... or there about. I'd supply the stone. Coin silver would be just fine. I have one offer of around $75. That probably would go up as the price of silver goes up.
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2014, 10:05:54 pm »

Is the stone a rectangular stone or an oval?  Is the stone a standard size?

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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2014, 10:44:52 pm »

A 1mm x 1.5mm cab would set on a 1/16" drill bit. 1/2" x 3/4" is about 13mm x 19mm, not a standard size so it would be best to send the cab to the smith so the bezel is a snug fit and the right height. That price is not out of line for the material and labor for custom work.

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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2014, 08:13:42 pm »

Is the stone a rectangular stone or an oval?  Is the stone a standard size?
I haven't cut an polished the stone yet. It would be a standard sized oval. I'll have to look at my templates and figure out which size.
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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2014, 11:02:08 pm »

if you lived closer i would have you come over and make it yourself (with my help of what little i know).
Its actually really fun soing your own silver.
Just a little pricey to get set up with even the simple tools.

You could also find empty ring settings online fairly cheap these days also.
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« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2014, 01:03:38 am »

Dave, if you posted a link to a photograph of a ring similar to what you have in mind, it would help people understand what you want. Given the description you've given, here's what I'm imagining. Is one of these the sort of style you are thinking of?







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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2014, 10:46:25 am »

Kind of like this, but plain and all smooth.



Also, it's would be silver colored, not gold.
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« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2014, 10:51:29 am »

Looks like something that would be better as a casting then to try and fabricate from sheet and wire.  I probably have a mold for something close, but will not have access to my shop untill this fall when we return to AZ for the winter.

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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2014, 07:43:15 pm »

TP, if you have been successful at casting nickel silver in a small shop, I sure would like to know how you avoid porosity. Successful casting of nickel silver has eluded me for a while...
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« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2014, 09:55:22 pm »

Do not cast nickle bronze, but do cast herculoy bronze with out any porosity.  can not see casting nickle bronze ring when the silver would probably only run about 1/2 oz,  only about $15 worth of silver. much easier to work with the sterling, both in the casting and setting and finishing.  Not sure that the original poster really knew what nickle silver really was--a bronze alloy with nickle, and all of the allergy problems associated with nickle.

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