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Hi all back from a digital detox.

A customer gave me a very large asscher cut blue topaz to set into a
ring of my making.

Design “do what you want” love that brief. When I am given freedom
to do what I like I charge a very good price for the customer, I am in
play land. This will be a massive cocktail ring.

Will the ring be easy to make? NO.

Will the stone be easy to set? Not for me.

Will the ring look great? Oh yes.

Will I have fun? You bet!

I have made the setting and ring blank, it is going for a check for
size, bespoke demands that.

I am making it in Argentium, the world’s finest silver alloy, a real
joy to work.

I am charging a very good price $150 because she will be a repeat
customer and will refer others to me. She is also a colleague, I will
tell her that to tell her friends that the setting/ring would cost

Stone cost on top.

So what will I have done?
Had great fun making a ring. And made a profit.

Got a repeat customer, she has many stones to set.

She will be great free advertising.

But more important than the above I will have tested my skills,
learnt a great deal and have had a very relaxing time on the bench
doing what I want. After 25 years on the bench it is a real joy to
push myself where I have not been before.

all the best

Richard,. Have great fun. Tom

Could we please see a photo of the ring when you are finished?

Leslie Chapma


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Glad you are back. Always enjoy your perspective on the creative
side and the customer side.


Hi all

Yes I promise to get my daughter to take a photo to post. I wish I
could do it myself but hey they always look like rubbish.

all the best

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Hi all

finished the blue topaz ring here are some pics.

all the best


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Good job, nice looking bezel.