New Man’s Black Onyx and Lab Opal Ring Added to Our Men’s Ring Line

Bold black onyx and lab opal ring in sterling silver by Hileman Silver Jewelry.

Bold black onyx and lab opal ring in sterling silver by Hileman Silver Jewelry.

We just added this handsome new man’s lab opal ring to our men’s ring line.  The ring features four pieces of black onyx and a center piece of lab created opal precisely inlaid in sterling silver.  The lab opal fires blues and greens with flashes of orange from some angles.  This ring design is fairly wide, measuring about 10mm wide at the top with a slight taper toward the bottom.  The ring has a nice weight and is designed to allow the silver to be refinished many times if needed.  The metal is sterling silver but the ring can be custom made in white or yellow gold, 316L stainless steel or platinum for an additional charge.  Because all of our rings are made to order in your specific ring size, you also have the option to make changes to the inlay stones used, the inlay pattern or the metal used.  We have other opal color choices available for the lab opal center stone or other stone choices if lab opal is not for you.  Your new ring will take 4 to 6 weeks to create so please plan ahead if you have a specific date for delivery.  This bold ring is now available at HilemanSilverJewelry.com so head over and take a closer look at this stunning new design.

Thank you!

John Hileman

Hileman Silver Jewelry

www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com

www.LabOpalJewelry.com

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New Turquoise Wedding Ring Set Options

Turquoise and moissanite wedding and engagement ring set.

Turquoise and moissanite engagement ring and wedding ring set.

We have recently added several new choices for turquoise wedding ring sets.  The first wedding ring set is a matching engagement and wedding ring set inlaid with blue turquoise with a moissanite center stone.  The channel set round moissanite is .68 carats and is a bright white color with fire that rivals that of a diamond at a much more affordable price.  This turquoise ring set is inlaid in sterling silver but can also be made in 14k white or yellow gold.  A new sterling silver alloy (Continuum) is also available for a small upgrade charge.  We highly recommend upgrading to Continuum sterling silver for the added durability and tarnish resistance over standard sterling silver.  We have several men’s rings that can be inlaid in turquoise to make a matching his and hers wedding ring set .  Check out this new turquoise wedding and engagement ring set at HilemanSilverJewelry.com or on our Etsy shop!

 

 

Turquoise wedding ring set with white sapphires by Hileman.

Matching turquoise wedding ring set with white sapphire accents set in sterling silver by Hileman Silver Jewelry.

The second turquoise wedding ring set features plain blue turquoise accented by white sapphires.  The turquoise is the perfect turquoise blue inlaid on each side of the triangle shaped inset in the center.  Inside the inset are 3 pave` set white sapphires totaling .09 carats in her ring and .12 carats in his wedding band.  The white sapphires add just the right amount of bling to the ring and set below the level of the inlay giving the ring a low profile that makes it ideal for everyday wear.  For a little more sparkle in your wedding ring, the white sapphires can be upgraded to moissanite for a small additional charge.  Moissanite is a lab created gemstone that has more scintillation than a diamond at a much more affordable price.  This turquoise wedding ring set also looks great in 14 karat white gold.  Contact us with your ring sizes for a quote in the upgraded metal.  This great new turquoise ring set is available in our Etsy shop.  Stop by and check it out!

 

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Wedding Season is Here!

Dinosaur bone wedding ring set with black diamonds.

Dinosaur bone wedding ring set with black diamond accents.

Wedding season is here and this is typically our busiest time of the year for making wedding rings for our customers.  If you are searching for a unique symbol of your love and commitment, our handmade inlay wedding rings are a great choice.  All of our rings are created by hand in our Arizona jewelry studio using only the finest materials and craftsmanship.  We offer a wide range of inlay stone choices including turquoise, dinosaur bone, black onyx and lab created opal and many other colorful stones with or without colorful gemstones to accent the inlay.  Take a minute to browse through our website www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com and check out our wedding ring designs and keep in mind that any of the ring designs you see on our site can be made in sterling silver, yellow or white gold, stainless steel or platinum.  Many of our customers choose our dinosaur bone bands as their wedding rings with our turquoise wedding rings being a close second.  We have a variety of dinosaur bone colors to choose from ranging from grays to reds.  What could be more unique than a dinosaur bone wedding ring!  Our wedding ring designs are made to order in your specific ring size, inlay stone choice and metal selection so we will need 4 to 6 weeks of lead time to get your rings completed in time.  All of our rings are available in his and hers, hers and hers, and his and his wedding sets.  If by chance you don’t see exactly the ring you are looking for, contact us about making the custom wedding ring of your dreams.

Lab Created Opal Ring Information

Our laCS030 lab sapphire and moissanite lab opal 1- croppedb created opal rings are becoming a popular choice for engagement and wedding rings despite many of our customers being hesitant to choose lab created opal over natural opal.   Most people have only seen the cheap mass produced lab opal jewelry at craft fairs and on the internet and don’t like the uniform look of the opal.  Our lab opal jewelry and rings are different.  Read why here!  Head over to our lab opal jewelry website and check out our jewelry.

Getting an Accurate Ring Size for Your Inlay Ring

Gray dinosaur bone ring with white sapphires in sterling silver

Ring inlaid with gray dinosaur bone by Hileman Silver Jewelry.

You’ve found that perfect ring online and now you are ready to select your ring size.  You pause as you think back to a couple of years ago when you bought your last ring.  Was I a size 7 or 7 1/2?  I have gained a couple of pounds over the holidays…let’s just go with a size 8.  Guessing and guessing wrong is not a disaster with traditional gold and gemstone rings.  In most cases, if your ring arrives and it is too big or too small, you can take it to a local jeweler and pay to have it sized to your correct ring size.  This is not the case with inlay rings.

Rings inlaid with just about any inlay material are difficult to size without damaging the inlay.  The first issue is the epoxy that secures the pieces of inlay in the ring’s inlay channel.  The epoxy is quite hard with very little flexibility and bending the ring to make it larger or smaller puts stress on the epoxy.  This stress can cause the bond between the inlay material and the ring mounting to be compromised which could lead to one or all of the inlay pieces falling out.  This same stress can also cause the inlay pieces to crack if they break before the epoxy does.  For a jeweler to avoid stressing the inlay and epoxy, all of the bending of the metal to make the ring smaller or larger needs to be done in the bottom half of the ring where there is not any inlay.

laser welder

You really need a laser welder to size inlay rings.

Even if the jeweler is successful in bending the ring to the correct size, there is still one more critical step- joining the metal back together.  Traditional rings would just be soldered back together using a torch but inlay rings cannot tolerate that kind of heat.  The heat from the torch will ruin the epoxy and most likely scorch the inlay materials.  The only good option to rejoin the metal is a laser welder.  A laser welder produces highly localized heat so the jeweler can work safely on the bottom part of the ring and not damage the inlay.  More and more jewelers are using laser welders and some will be willing to try to size your inlay ring if you are willing to risk the possible damage.  All of this sizing drama and expense can be avoided by getting your finger sized accurately before ordering your new inlay ring.

The easiest and most accurate way to measure your finger size is to visit a local jewelry store and ask them to determine your ring size.  You may want to visit more than one jeweler just to confirm your size.  It is important to use a sizer that is approximately the same width as the ring you intend to purchase.  It is also important to use a sizer that is comfort fit if you are shopping for a comfort fit band.  You may wear a smaller size in a comfort fit band than a non-comfort fit band.  The only other acceptable and accurate method is to take a ring that currently fits (the finger your new ring will be worn on) to a jeweler and have them determine the size of the ring or you could ship the ring to be used for size reference to the jeweler that will be making your new inlay ring.  The jeweler can then measure the size of the ring with the same measuring tool that will be used to make your inlay ring.

Other methods for determining your ring size are not accurate enough for inlay rings.  Some of the big chain jewelers recommend the string test, the paper test or the secret test.  The string test involves wrapping a string around your finger and then measuring the length of the string and matching the measurement to a chart to determine your ring size.  This method is very inaccurate and doesn’t take into consideration the width of the ring or

ringsizer

Paper finger sizers are NOT accurate!

the size of your knuckle.  The paper test asks you to print and cut out a paper finger sizer.  You then cut a slit on one end of the paper strip and insert the other end through the slit and pull it snug around your finger.  All you have to do next is read the tiny numbers and marks on the paper to determine your ring size.  What could possibly go wrong!  The secret test is recommended if you are trying to surprise your loved one with a ring and don’t know their size.  The first challenge is going to be finding a ring that you know currently fits and fits the finger you want them to wear it on.  The next step is printing a sizing chart with circles representing different ring sizes.  Just lay the ring over the circles until you find the one that is closest to the same size.  Keep in mind that just a small error of 0.4mm could mean you are 1/2 of a size off which could mean the ring falls off or won’t even go over the knuckle.  We have experimented with these methods and found them to be highly inaccurate with errors of half a size up to a whole size.  Again, these inaccuracies are not a big deal for a traditional ring but are not acceptable for an inlay ring.

What if I do every thing right and my new inlay ring still doesn’t fit?  It’s not the end of the world.  If at all possible it is best to avoid cutting and sizing the ring to mitigate the risk of damaging any of the inlay.  If the ring is too big or spins after going over the knuckle, small sizing balls or a sizing pillow can be laser welded inside the shank (bottom) of the ring to snug it up.  This method also allows for the balls or pillow to be removed should the wearer gain weight.  If the ring is a just a little snug, it may be possible to grind some of the metal from the inside of the ring to loosen it up a little.  Getting sized by a jeweler increases the odds that any sizing error will be small and less risky to correct.  In some cases where the customer uses inaccurate methods to determine their ring size the sizing error is so far off that the ring cannot be resized and a new ring would have to be made.

About Us…

We are inlay jewelry experts. We have been creating inlay jewelry since 1974 and would love to help you with all your inlay jewelry needs.  Contact us to get started building your new inlay ring, wedding ring or engagement ring.  We specialize in dinosaur bone, turquoise, lab created opal and Australian opal inlaid in sterling silver, gold, platinum and stainless steel.

Visit www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com or www.TheHilemanCollection.com to see our creations.