Lapis Murphy Ring & Fabrication

The process by which we create our jewelry is called fabrication, which might seem uselessly tautological, but the term has a technical meaning in our craft which is NOT CASTING. Fabrication is the building up of a piece by soldering parts together. For solder we use a silver-based alloy with small amounts of zinc to give melting and flow temps a little lower than the precious metal alloys the parts are made from. This gives strengths more similar to brazing or welding processes than to the ‘soldering iron’ results of the tin and lead solders with which people are more familiar.

The piece here is the most complicated fabrication we have so far accomplished, with close to a hundred solder joints. Fortunately they are often made several at a time. A lot of them have to be made above the block though because rings.

We call this a Murphy ring. This one is set with a good-sized lapis lazuli cabachon.

The price is $299. The size measures a ten. These rings run a bit large from having a hollow place behind the bezel. These rings are hard to size but I’ll probably do it. Or I will find a stone you approve and build a new one.