Recycled 18k Yellow Gold and Cognac Rose Cut Diamond Snake Ring


one of a kind


This ring was so much fun to make! I started by melting together all of the 18k gold odds and ends that I had been saving in my workshop. I then rolled out the newly created piece of gold into a long square shape using a rolling mill, which is kind of like a pasta machine for metals. I then I drew that piece of gold through a drawplate, which gradually stretched the gold into a thinner and rounder shape. The next step was to make the snake"s head, which I did by melting one end of the gold wire on a charcoal block with a jeweler's torch until the size and shape seemed "right". Once the metal was cooled and cleaned, I further refined the shape of the head by filing the gold. I then tapered the other end into a tail, first using a hammer to forge the gold into a taper, and then using a file to smooth out the hammer marks.
I then made the bezel specifically for this rose cut diamond, also out of recycled 18k gold. The last steps were to wrap the snake into a ring, wrap the tail around the bezel, solder the whole ring together, and set the diamond. The entire process took several hours, and I hope you like the results as much as I do!


Size 6, and not adjustable.

The band is 1.8mm thick, or just between 14 and 12 gauge, or a little over 1/8 of an inch, depending on which measurements you prefer.
The diamond is set into an open-backed bezel, and is about 4.5mm across and weighs approximately 1/3 of a carat. It is a rich, warm brown color, and is semi-translucent. The color reminds me of whisky, of cognac, of strong black tea, and of root beer.

Made by hand in Brooklyn and ships gift boxed. The paper lining in the gift box may be different than what is pictured, but it will be just as pretty.

There are several ways to go about finding your ring size:

- You can go to a jeweler, almost any jewelry shop will measure your finger for you.

- Bring a ring that fits to a jeweler to be measured.

- Printable ring size guides are a great DIY solution.

- Order a ring sizer kit. They are relatively inexpensive, and last forever! There are ones for measuring your finger, and ones that have a tool for measuring rings, and ones that come with both. 

Oxidized Silver

For my oxidized sterling silver pieces, I recommend using a silver polishing cloth to keep your jewelry bright.

I do NOT recommend a jewelry cleaning salvation like Tarn-x or the aluminum foil and baking soda method because it will remove all go the oxidization from your piece.


For my gold pieces, a silver polishing cloth will work as well. 

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