Juicy watermelon tourmaline slice surrounded by four sweet little pink tourmaline cabochons, set in fine silver. This unique ring is designed by the amazing American artist, Steven Ruse.
Steven Ruse is a California artist/designer. He uses gemstones from around the world to make magical, fantastical jewelry. Every piece of Steven Ruse Jewelry is one of a kind and handmade by the artist and his apprentice. Using his own technique of electroforming, he arranges the stones first into their desired configurations and then adds silver or gold to the design. Steven Ruse jewelry can be found in galleries and shops throughout the world!
ELECTROFORMING is a process developed by J. S. Electro-Plating Co., Ltd. of London in the 1960’s. A negative mold that is fitted with electrical contacts is placed into a specially prepared gold or silver bath. Metal builds up on the inside of the mold to any desired thickness, preserving the detail. Another method of electroforming involves coating an object such as a leaf, insect, etc. with a conductive coating and allowing metal to build up on the outside while in the bath. The object on the inside is then dissolved.
What is fine silver, you ask? Also called pure silver, or three nines fine, fine silver contains 99.9% silver, with the balance being trace amounts of impurities.|It is more durable and resistant to tarnish than sterling silver.
Dimensions (ring face): 14.5 mm tall x 18.5 mm wide
Weight: 7 grams
Ring Size: 7½+ (runs a little large) ***PLEASE NOTE*** THIS RING CANNOT BE SIZED!
TOURMALINE, a boron aluminum silicate, is perhaps the most fascinating of all gems. The diversity of its colors, the complexity of its composition, and the wonders of its physical properties are unmatched by any other gemstone. It comes in virtually every color, sometimes with several in the same crystal. The many varieties of tourmaline have been categorized into 6 major species: uvite, schorl, elbaite, liddicoatite, buergerite and dravite. Generally, only the elbaite and liddicoatite, which contain lithium, occur in rainbow colors, including the popular red-green combination aptly nicknamed “watermelon”. Tourmaline exhibits both pyroelectric (static electric) and piezoelectric properties. The latter makes it useful as a frequency stabilizer, a property it shares with quartz. As its powerful healing energies continue to unfold, tourmaline is emerging as one of the most important healing stones of the new age. Major deposits have been found in Brazil, Afghanistan, California and Maine, and Elba, Italy.