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Rings, Damascus & Mokume

 Damascus, titanium and Mokume Gane Rings

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By Heavin Forge, Belfast, South Africa

  heavin@heavinforge.co.za  

A HAND MADE RING MADE FROM HAND-FORGED
DAMASCUS STEEL, AS UNIQUE AS A FINGERPRINT.

LEAD TIME OF 4 TO 6 WEEKS 

20.7 x 15 signet greenSold

Copper band ring

TRUE FUSION

The Damascus wedding band symbolizes the lifelong “bond” between two people. Forging a union between two individual steels, each with a distinctive “personality”. When fused under the power of the fire and hammer, creates an entity stronger and more beautiful than the individual on its own.

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 WHAT IS DAMASCUS STEEL?

Over 2000 years ago man needed to create a strong steel. This he did by forge-welding and folding high and low carbon steels at high temperatures to create a steel that was flexible but hard enough to hold an edge. The pattern in the steel can be manipulated and is brought out by etching the steel in acid. Damascus steel was perfected by the Japanese and Vikings and it was believed to have magical properties. There are very few bladesmiths who make their own Damascus steel these days and it is a rare and collectible material usually used for knife blades.

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Wavy lined with stoneSquare ring

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR RING

Damascus steel can rust if not cared for. Please dry your ring well when you wash your hands and don’t leave it lying in water as it will then rust. If you wear the ring often, it will pick up the oils from your skin and with the constant friction, will require little maintenance. If however, you store your ring for any length of time, rub a little Harvey’s Conservation Wax (supplied with the ring) or Vaseline onto it to prevent rust. If your ring does pick up a bit of rust, just rub it with a little metal polish and wax it. The more you wear your ring, the more beautiful it will look.

Titanium lined heat coloured

TITANIUM RINGS

Titanium is a hypoallergenic metal used in implants as the body will not react to it. It is a very strong, corrosion resistant material, lighter than steel. I like to heat colour my titanium rings, although this is only a surface oxide and may wear away with time. Therefore I suggest that these rings are “dress rings” meaning that they should be worn on special occasions. You can certainly wear them all the time but the colour may wear off on the high spots eventually, this is the reason I like to facet or flint the metal to leave the colour in the lower parts of the ring

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THE MAKING OF YOUR RING

When people ask me how long it takes to make a Damascus ring, I answer “30 years” as that is the time it has taken for me to perfect my craft, and I am still learning. I start by grinding clean high carbon steel, high nickel tool steel and pure nickel. I start with about 5 to 9 layers which I then heat up in a gas forge to about 1 400 degrees C. I forge weld these layers together, draw them out to twice their original length and then fold the steel, doubling the layer count. This is repeated until I have between 150 to 300 layers. I then pattern the steel and flatten it again before it is annealed at 750 degrees C, cooling for 16 hours. I then acid pickle the steel to get rid of the fire scale. The steel is then surface ground and I begin marking out the ring. I start with a solid disc of steel and bore out the middle using a lathe. This is the only way I can achieve a solid ring without any joint, it does mean however that most of the Damascus is then sacrificed to the “Damascus gods”! I then shape the outside of the ring, free hand on a grinder, polish the inside and outside of the ring, degrease it and etch it in ferric chloride for a few hours. The ring is then buffed and waxed. It is a long, hot, labor intensive process to reveal the beauty of the steel, but worth the effort. 

Heather power hammerRing blanks

A NOTE TO JEWELLERS

Damascus is a ferrous steel and unlike nonferrous metals, it cannot be re-sized. If the ring looks dull, it can be lightly buffed and re-waxed. Phone me if you have any questions.

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3picsweddingK & H wedding

MOKUME GANE RINGS

Mokume lined

I also make rings from Mokume Gane (wood grain metal) developed by Japanese swordsmiths to use on fittings. It is a nonferrous combination of brass, copper and nickel silver. I do not have a gold license, so I cannot make any precious metal Mokume Gane but can refer you to a jeweller who can.  

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Inside engraving

Silver Cross and Wire InlayGold Wire Inlay

20.5 x 15Unlined Damascus Ring

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PRICES (in South African Rands)

Narrow rings in Damascus or Mokume Gane do not show off the pattern very well. I prefer to have a minimum width of 4 mm.
 

PRICES INCLUDE A STERLING SILVER SLEEVE ON DAMASCUS AND MOKUME RINGS

4 to 6.5 mm wide R2 400 in Damascus or titanium and R3 150 in Mokume

6.5 to 9.5 mm wide R2 850 in Damascus or titanium and R3 550 in Mokume.

9.5 to 12 mm wide R3 150 in Damascus or titanium and R3 900 in Mokume

If you wish to have the ring lined in silver with wide rails, it will cost an extra R600. If you would like the ring lined in titanium, it costs an extra R600. Prices for gold wire inlay or lining, stones or any one off ideas you may have, on request.

Inside ring engraving is possible. We do not own a machine that can do the engraving, we engrave by hand (very difficult to do) and can only engrave if the ring is lined. R500 for 25 characters, depending on the ring size.

Door to door courier fees will be roughly R200 within South Africa, an exact quote can be given once we have your physical address. Overseas postage will be around R450 for insured airmail. Once the parcel has been collected by the courier, or handed over to Post Office, it is no longer the responsibility of Heavin Forge.

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EXAMPLES OF FINE, MEDIUM AND BOLD FEATHER PATTERNS

Fine Feather PatternMedium Feather Pattern

Bold Feather Pattern

HOW TO ORDER

I would need you to get your ring size (preferably an inside diameter in mm) taken by a jeweller using a “wide” ring sizer, not a “narrow” one. You can then e-mail me with your ring size, the width you would like, whether it should be in Damascus or Mokume Gane and whether or not you would like it with wide rails. I need as much time as possible lead time to make the ring, preferably 4 to 6 weeks, so please let me know your wedding date, if it is a wedding band. I would need your physical address and phone number for the courier. You only need to pay for the ring once it is finished. Please allow enough time before your wedding in case the ring does not fit and I have to make another one as they cannot be resized.

Wide and Narrow 2Wide and Narrow

This photo shows the difference between a “narrow” and “wide” ring sizer. Please take your ring size with the “wide” ring sizer as once you have given me your size, I will make it to that exact size and cannot replace it if it does not fit due to me being given the incorrect size. You will be liable for payment. Just 0.25 mm makes a big difference in the correct size of a ring.

 I normally have a few rings in stock. If I don’t have one that suits you I can make you one, but please realize that I can never repeat a pattern, each ring is unique which is what makes it special. The patterns I make are Bold Feather, Medium Feather and Fine Feather.

We appreciate that it is sometimes difficult to trust someone whom you have never met, with something as important as a wedding band. We would like to assure you that we take your order seriously and aim to give the very best service we can. Here are a few recent quotes from some of our happy customers: 

Hi Heather, I just received the ring! To be honest I'm quite emotional right now, I'm THAT happy! Thank you so much for making the perfect ring to signify our bond as a married couple. Dealing with you has been so easy and seamless and I can assure you both Stephan and I appreciate the effort that it took to make his ring. Thank you again, I cannot wait to see how it looks on his hand! Best regards, Anna

Hi Heather

 I just wanted to thank you again for my husband's wedding band. He absolutely loves it and has received so many compliments for the unique and special ring. He has become quite the professional at explaining the process of making damascus steel (thank you for he info leaflet with the ring - he studied it closely! Haha)

 Thanks again for making our wedding, and marriage, that extra bit special

Good morning Heather

 I would like to send you an update on my wedding ring I purchased from you.

 I couldn't have asked for a better ring and I still get frequent questions about the ring, the material and who made it. 

 I'm surprised by how nicely it "ages". I bought my wife a wedding band about two weeks ago and the jeweler complimented you indirectly with the amazing craftsmanship. 

 Thank you for the pleasure if owning one of your rings and I wish you all best.

 RINGS IN STOCK FOR SALE

Emerald 21.9 x 10

LINED SIGNET SHAPE WITH EMERALD SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 21.9 X 10 MM

PRICE: R3 650

21.9 mm inside diameter by 10 mm wide. Medium Feather Pattern damascus steel lined in sterling silver. Emerald Swarovski crystal set in sterling silver. Size Z, U.S.A size 12.5.

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18.6 x 9 fine square

SQUARE DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE 18.6 X 9 MM

PRICE: R2 850

18.6 mm inside diameter by 9 mm wide. Fine Feather pattern damascus steel in a square shape with sterling silver sleeve. Size R, U.S.A size 8.5.

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19.8 x 9 medium cross

SILVER CROSS INLAY DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE 19.8 X 9

PRICE: R3 800

19.8 mm inside diameter by 9 mm wide. Medium Feather pattern damascus steel with fine silver wire inlay and silver cross. Sterling silver sleeve. Size U, U.S.A size 10.

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20.7 x 15 signet green

LINED SIGNET SHAPE WITH EMERALD SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 20.7 X 15 MM

PRICE: R3 750

20.7 mm inside diameter by 15 mm wide. Fine Feather pattern damascus steel with sterling silver sleeve. Signet shape with green Swarovski crystal set in sterling silver. Size W, U.S.A size 11.

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21.8 x 8 medium

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE 21.8 X 8 MM

PRICE: R2 850

21.8 mm inside diameter by 8 mm wide. Medium Feather pattern damascus with sterling silver sleeve. Size Z, U.S.A size 12.5.

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19.1 x 9.6 Medium

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE 19.1 X 9.6 MM

PRICE: R3 150

19.1 mm inside diameter by 9.6 mm wide. Medium Feather pattern damascus steel with sterling silver sleeve. Size S, U.S.A size 9.

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19.4 x 8 Grooved ring

DAMASCUS RING WITH GROOVES 19.4 X 8 MM

PRICE: R2 850

19.4 mm inside diameter by 8 mm wide. Bold Feather pattern damascus with grooves. The edges of this ring have been masked off during etching. No sleeve, all damascus construction. Size T, U.S.A size 9.5.

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Fin 18.2 x 5.8

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE AND WIDE ROUND RAILS

18.2 X 5.8 MM

PRICE: R2 600

18.2 mm inside diameter by 5.8 mm wide. Fine Feather pattern damascus steel with sterling silver sleeve and wide, rounded rails. Size Q, U.S.A size 8.

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Bold 18.8 x 6.6

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE 18.8 X 6.6 MM

PRICE: R2 850

18.8 mm inside diameter by 6.6 mm wide. Bold Feather pattern damascus steel with sterling silver sleeve. Size R 1/2, U.S.A size 8 7/8.

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15.7 x 6 Fine

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE 15.7 X 6 MM

PRICE: R2 400

15.7 mm inside diameter by 6 mm wide. Fine Feather pattern damascus steel with sterling silver sleeve. Size J 1/2, U.S.A size 5.

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18.5 x 10.5 bold1

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE 18.5 X 10.5 MM

PRICE: R3 150

18.5 mm inside diameter by 10.5 mm wide. Bold Feather pattern damascus steel with sterling silver sleeve. Size Q 1/2, U.S.A size 8.25.

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17.7 x 10

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE 17.7 X 10 MM

PRICE: R3 150

17.7 mm inside diameter by 10 mm wide. Fine Feather pattern damascus steel with a sleeve of sterling silver. Size O 1/2, U.S.A size 7.25.

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20 x 10

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE 20 X 10 MM

PRICE: R3 150

20 mm inside diameter by 10 mm wide. Bold Feather pattern damascus steel with sterling silver sleeve. Size U, U.S.A size 10.

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23.4 x 8.5

DAMASCUS STEEL RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE 23.4 X 8.5 MM

PRICE: R2 850

23.4 mm inside diameter by 8.5 mm wide. Fine Feather pattern damascus steel with sterling silver lining. Size Z+6.5, U.S.A size 17.5. One of the largest rings we have made!

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Ruby 17.9 x 8.6

DAMASCUS STEEL RING WITH SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL AND STERLING SILVER LINING 17.9 X 8.5 MM

PRICE: R3 350

17.9 mm inside diameter by 8.5 mm wide. Medium Feather pattern damascus steel with sterling silver lining. Ruby Swarovski crystal set in sterling silver tube. Size P, U.S.A size 7.5.

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Twisted wire rail ring

DAMASCUS RING WITH TWISTED STERLING SILVER WIRE RAILS

PRICE: R2 950

18.1 mm inside diameter by 7 mm wide. Fine Feather Pattern damascus steel with sterling silver twisted wire rails and sleeve. Size P 1/2, U.S.A size 7.75.

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16.1 x 5.3 white topaz

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE AND WIDE RAILS WITH WHITE TOPAZ STONE

PRICE: R3 600

16.1 mm inside diameter by 5.3 mm wide. Fine Feather pattern damascus steel with sterling silver sleeve and wide rails. White Topaz stone set in sterling silver. Size K 1/2, U.S.A size 5.5.

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19.1 x 9.7 ti lined

DAMASCUS RING LINED IN HEAT COLOURED TITANIUM 19.1 X 9.7 MM

PRICE: R3 900

19.1 mm inside diameter by 9.7 mm wide medium Feather pattern damascus steel lined with heat coloured titanium. Size S, U.S.A size 9. 

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18.7 x 9 wavy

DAMASCUS RING WITH SILVER LINING AND WAVY RAILS 18.7 X 9 MM

PRICE: R3 250

18.7 mm inside diameter by 9 mm wide. Medium Feather Pattern damascus steel with a sterling silver sleeve and wavy rails. Size R, U.S.A size 8.5.

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19.5 x 8 medium wavy rails

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE AND WAVY RAILS

19.5 MM X 8 MM WIDE

PRICE: R3 250

19.5 mm inside diameter by 8 mm wide. Medium feather pattern damascus steel with sterling silver sleeve and wavy rails. Size T, U.S.A size 9.5.

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16.1 x 7.5 Fine wide rails

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE AND WIDE RAILS

16.1 MM X 7.5 MM WIDE

PRICE: R2 800

16.1 mm inside diameter by 7.5 mm wide. Medium pattern feather damascus pattern with sterling silver sleeve and wide rails. Size K 1/2, U.S.A size 5.5.

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17.3 x 8.5 Bold wide rails

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE AND WIDE RAILS

17.3 MM X 8.5 MM

PRICE: R2 800

17.3 mm inside diameter by 8.5 mm wide. Bold Feather pattern damascus steel with sterling silver sleeve and extra wide rails. Size N 1/2, U.S.A size 6.9.

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Flinted

WAVY FLINTED LOOK DAMASCUS RING WITH WIDE STERLING RAILS

18.3 MM x 10 MM

PRICE: R3 800

18.3 mm inside diameter by 10 mm wide. Wavy shape with wide sterling silver rails and sleeve with flinted look. Fine Feather pattern damascus steel. Size Q, U.S.A size 8.

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Bold square 19.5 x 11

LINED SQUARE BOLD FEATHER PATTERN DAMASCUS RING 19.5 X 11 MM

PRICE: R3 150

19.5 mm inside diameter by 11 mm wide, Bold Feather pattern damascus steel ring, lined in sterling silver. Size T, U.S.A size 9.5.

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20.5 x 10

FINE FEATHER PATTERN DAMASCUS RING 20.5 MM X 10 MM WIDE

PRICE: R3 150

20.5 mm inside diameter by 10 mm wide, lined in sterling silver with wide rails. Fine Feather pattern damascus steel. Size V 1/2, U.S.A size 10 3/4

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20.5 x 15

FINE FEATHER PATTERN DAMASCUS RING 20.5 MM X 15 MM WIDE

PRICE: R3 450

20.5 mm inside diameter by 15 mm wide, lined in sterling silver with wide rails. Fine Feather pattern damascus steel. Size V 1/2, U.S.A size 10 3/4

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20.3 x 6.5 Bold

DAMASCUS STEEL RING WITH WIDE SILVER RAILS
20.3 X 6.5 MM

PRICE: R2 700

20.3 mm inside diameter by 6.5 mm wide with sterling silver lining and wide rails. Size V, U.S.A size 10.5. Bold Feather Pattern damascus.

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