How A Princess Cut Engagement Ring Is Made
Mick walks you through 10 steps to how he hand-crafts this stunning engagement ring from scratch.
1. I always start by working around the centre stone. I melt the metal needed for the setting and the band.
2. I roll the metal square to get the width and length I will need for the piece. I roll the metal out by hand using a rolling machine.
3. I cut the block in 2 pieces, one for the setting and the other for the band. I then heat it up until it turns red which means its annealed and soft again to work with.
4. I then start working on the setting of the piece. I roll the metal flat to get my width and thickness. Then bend the shape I am after.
5. I bend and cut the setting to suit the style I am after. I also roll the metal out for my band.
6. I adjust the setting and carve out the claws while bending up the ring.
7. I adjust the setting and band to slide in, then solder the two pieces together.
8. I then clean up the ring and hammer it to the right finger size for my client. I also stamp the inside of the ring and prepare for polishing.
9. I then use 3 types of polishing techniques and compounds then place in the ultrasonic which takes all the dirt off the ring.
10. Now the ring is ready to be set and finished. I will be lowering the diamond when setting so that I have enough metal holding the stone in place.
Hopefully one day I will be able to show you you’re finished ring in person!