Hand engraved two-tone gold ring depicting the ubiquitous blackberry bush in an original west coast art style. Carved in your choice of yellow, white or rose gold and framed by a contrasting (or identical) gold color, components are fabricated separately then fused into one playfully emotive band.
The inner section, called the “design collar,” features hand engraved artwork depicting the leaves and berries of a wild and hearty blackberry bush, a persistent thorny foliage of the Pacific North West bearing delicious fruit picked oh so carefully. Sized to order from a hand-carved master model, the center is cast in yellow, white or rose gold (or silver) and then recut and brightened by hand using old-school engraving tools and masterful technique. For added effect, the background of the artwork can be blackened to provide a dramatic contrast between the recesses and the sculpted foreground artwork. Left in its natural state (clean, no blackening), the design will cast shadows and glimmers depending on the viewing angle.
This design collar is then fitted with a “rail sleeve & cap” to frame the artwork distinctively. These rails (sometimes referred to as borders) can also be cast in yellow, white, or rose gold. Choosing an opposing color/karat combination adds distinctiveness while a matching border color will provide a more traditional look.
All components are then assembled, precision fit, fused and highly polished to present as a single, solid band with distinctive West Coast style.
Note: A higher karat of gold will be brighter/lighter in color than a low karat.
The weight of this two-tone gold ring will vary with size and karat selected, but for reference, a size 9 ring made entirely of 10k yellow gold weighs roughly 11 grams when finished.
The design collar measures 5.5mm wide while the rail sleeve and cap adds 1.1mm to the top and bottom. Fully assembled and fused, it is roughly 7.7mm wide before finishing and polishing.
In all cases, the rails are 2mm thick while the design collar is slightly recessed under the rails at 1.8mm once completed.