Bug Rings & Braid

Here are three rings with braid bands, two in the single braid style and one in the double. In two of the rings the bezel head forms a stylized scarab design.

So we call those Bug Rings.

Counter-clock-wise from the top in the first picture the rings here are: 1. A single braid set with a hexagonal green jade ($150) 2. a single braid bug ring with an amethyst body and a citrine head ($165) 3. a double braid bug ring with a lapis lazuli body and a holley blue agate head ($196.)

The braid for the rings is made by braiding three sterling silver wires together in a piece about twenty inches long. Pieces are cut from this and all those places where they cross are soldered. This assembly is forged to a suitable evenness and border wires are soldered on. This further assembly is forged and sanded flat enough to solder onto a heavy plate which is cut out and finished before being bent into a ring shank.

Rings that fit ME

Three rings that fit me. Some of our styles are heavier, wider, bigger than others. Some are lighter. We try to make a good distribution. Anybody can buy any kind they want. But these ones fit me.

From the top down these rings are: 1. A double braid ring with a moss agate ($175) 2. A lisa ring with a fire agate ($165) 3. A winged thor ring with twist bezel and a black onyx ($170).

Green moss agate is a stone from India, and was a perennial favorite among the rock hounds who I hung out with a lot back in the early days. All the moss agate we have to set are cut into gems in our studio.

Over the years we did a lot of the lapidary work in our pieces. Those days are probably mostly in the past but we still have a lot of rough and all the equipment (in better working order than its operators) so occasionally some cutting gets done still.