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Hand-Forged Platinum Mens Wedding Band?

Discussion in 'Jewelry Pieces' started by CageyKG, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. CageyKG
    Rough_Rock

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    by CageyKG » Jul 30, 2011
    Hi Everyone,

    So my fiance and I are getting married next June and I have started looking at wedding band ideas for myself. I came across this ring that I think would be perfect for me from Green Lake Jewelry. The only problem is, they apparently make these rings from wax molds, as opposed to actually hand-forging them. Does anyone know if there is really that big of differance between a hand-forged ring and a ring made from a mold? If so, any recommendations on who I can go to in order to get this made (in platinum)?

    Thanks!

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  2. boonerings
    Shiny_Rock

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    by boonerings » Jul 31, 2011
    Platinum is so expensive that they are cast so that there's nothing left over in the process. It could also be cut from a solid bar of platinum, but that would be extremely expensive. Forging a piece from a strip would leave a seam. The dents can be still made with a hammer after the casting process, and they can be cast without bubbles or weak points. We make similar rings in titanium for them all the time. Titanium is machined from solid bar rather than cast, but that has more to do with the fact that it is so difficult to cast because it has to be done in a vacuum.
     
  3. LGK
    Ideal_Rock

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    by LGK » Jul 31, 2011
    GLJ does lovely work. They actually do handforged in some items; if it's important to you, ask them. They *are* expensive, both their cast & their forged rings, however.
     
  4. CageyKG
    Rough_Rock

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    by CageyKG » Aug 1, 2011

    The price they quoted me was fairly reasonable, so I will probably go with them after I exhaust all my other options.

    Thanks!
     

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