Professional Jeweler Archive: Four Classic Ring Styles

April 2000

For Your Staff/Selling Jewelry Styles


Four Classic Ring Styles

This is eighth in a series of articles Professional Jeweler is presenting on different styles of jewelry. Learning about different styles, selling points and the origins of these designs makes your job more interesting and profitable


Mobius

The traditional mobius is formed from a one-sided surface constructed from a rectangle. The twist results from holding one end and rotating the opposite end 180° and joining it to the first.

This non-traditional mobius is a 14k gold semimount featuring diamond baguette accents.

MCM Supply Inc., San Francisco, CA; (800) 223-5088 or (415) 863-0288, fax (415) 863-8887.

Dome

This style manipulates metal in an upward fold while the sides dip uniformly in all directions so the design swells up and out. This style of ring is usually large, allowing for endless design possibilities.

Ribbed 14k gold dome ring features matte and shiny finishes.

Expressions by Sayed, Dallas, TX; (214) 748-3275.

Bamboo

This jewelry design replicates the woody grass for which it’s named. Its popularity increased in the early part of the 20th century when Tiffany & Co. developed a line of bamboo-inspired jewelry and flatware.

14k bamboo ring.

Stuller Settings, Lafayette, LA; (800) 877-7777.

Millegrain

Developed in the 19th century, this style of decoration is made by passing a millegrain (knurling) tool over a metal strip. The wheel of the tool makes indentations to form the pattern, usually as a series of small raised beads or grains, around the edge of the piece of jewelry.

14k gold 6mm millegrain wedding band. Suggested retail, $140.

Brooks Metals, Pittsburgh, PA; (800) 214-1516 or (412) 434-6007, fax (412) 434-6017.

– by Lorraine M. Suermann


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