“I just finished another ring,” announces Silvio, as he reaches inside the glass display. It has such a powerful presence that I knew exactly which ring he would pull out of the case before his hand reached it.
“A client brought a blue Topaz and two 14-karat gold bands. To help visualize what she had in mind, I suggested a few designs based on works I had done before.”
“She wanted it to have substance, to be an heirloom piece she could pass down to her grand-children. I melted all of the gold she brought and used it along with a silver band.”
“This is a classic design. It is very powerful and reminiscent of the Byzantine period.” The Byzantine period is marked by Roman Emperor Constantine’s adoption of Christianity and lasts between 313 and 636 AD. Christianity greatly influenced jewelry making, resulting in bold and ornate design.
“A ring like this would be between $1,200 and $1,500 easily if I had to buy the gold to make it, but when people bring in their own gold, from other pieces they want to transform into something new, then they can save more than 60% compared to what they thought it would cost. This ring will be around $450 and most of it then is actual labor.”
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