DAMASCUS RINGS

DAMASCUS RINGS

Example of a damascus ring with sterling silver sleeve. Sold.

 

Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the rings that we have in stock for sale

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

LEAD TIME OF 8 WEEKS

 

 

 

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.

WHAT IS DAMASCUS STEEL?

Persian Lace Damascus close-up, Kevin Harvey.

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 collectable material usually used for knife blades.  Examples of damascus blades from over a thousand years ago are still around, so your ring should last many lifetimes.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR RING

Your ring should require no maintenance if worn 24/7.  Damascus steel might rust if left lying in water. Please dry your ring well when you wash your hands. The heat from your hands will keep the ring dry. If you wear the ring all the time, it will pick up the oils from your skin and with the constant friction from wearing will keep the pattern bright, it will require little to no maintenance and should last many generations. 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.  If you swim in the sea or sweat a lot, you might need to wax the ring more often.

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, freehand on a grinder, shape the inside to give a “comfort fit”, 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, labour-intensive process to reveal the beauty of the steel, but worth the effort.

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.

PRICES (in South African Rands)

Narrow rings in Damascus do not show off the pattern very well. I prefer to have a minimum width of 4 mm.
PRICES INCLUDE A STERLING SILVER SLEEVE

4 to 6.4 mm wide R2 750

6.5 to 9.4 mm wide R3 250

9.5 to 12 mm wide R3 600

If you wish to have the ring with wide rails in sterling silver, it will cost an extra R750. If you would like the ring lined in titanium, it costs an extra R700. Prices for gold wire inlay or lining, stones or any one-off ideas you may have, on request.

Example of inside ring engraving

 

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 in silver or gold (not on titanium). R500 for 25 characters, depending on the ring size.

Door to door courier fee is R200 within South Africa. 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.

 

EXAMPLES OF FINE, MEDIUM AND BOLD FEATHER PATTERNS

HOW TO ORDER

Wide and narrow ring sizers.

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 at heavin@heavinforge.co.za with your ring size, the width you would like, your choice of the sleeve, sterling silver, gold or titanium and whether or not you would like it with wide rails or just the sleeve. I need as much time as possible lead time to make the ring, preferably 8 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.

Wide and narrow ring sizer.

 

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, scroll down to view them. 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.

Each ring comes with a tiny piece of very fine polishing cloth to use on the ring if ever it looks dull.  We include a tin of our Harvey’s Conservation Wax to use on the ring if ever you need to store it as well as a write up on how the ring was made and how to care for it.

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 the 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 jeweller complimented you indirectly with the amazing craftsmanship”.

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

“Hi Heather, The parcel has arrived. Thank you so very much for the effort you have put into this.  It is exactly what we had imagined and more. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you, everything went seamlessly”.

RINGS IN STOCK FOR SALE

 

LINED SIGNET SHAPE WITH EMERALD SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 21.9 X 10 MM

PRICE: R4 000

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.

 

DAMASCUS RING WITH TITANIUM SLEEVE 19.3 X 6.2 MM

PRICE: R3 450

19.3 mm inside diameter by 6.2 mm wide. Medium Pattern damascus steel with heat coloured titanium sleeve. Size S 1/2, U.S.A size 9 3/8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINED SIGNET SHAPE WITH EMERALD SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 20.7 X 15 MM

PRICE: R4 000

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.

 

 

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE 19.1 X 9.6 MM

PRICE: R3 600

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.

 

 

DAMASCUS RING WITH GROOVES 19.4 X 8 MM

PRICE: R3 000

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.

 

 

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE AND WIDE ROUND RAILS

18.2 X 5.8 MM

PRICE: R2 900

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.

 

 

 

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE 15.7 X 6 MM

PRICE: R2 750

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.

 

 

 

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE 18.5 X 10.5 MM

PRICE: R3 600

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE 20 X 10 MM

PRICE: R3 600

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

 

 

 

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

PRICE: R3 850

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

 

 

 

 

DAMASCUS RING WITH TWISTED STERLING SILVER WIRE RAILS 18.1 x 7 MM

PRICE: R3 850

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.

 

 

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

PRICE: R4 000

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.

 

 

 

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

PRICE: R3 750

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.

 

 

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE AND WAVY RAILS

19.5 MM X 8 MM WIDE

PRICE: R3 750

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.

 

 

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE AND WIDE RAILS

16.1 MM X 7.5 MM WIDE

PRICE: R3 600

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.

 

 

DAMASCUS RING WITH STERLING SILVER SLEEVE AND WIDE RAILS

17.3 MM X 8.5 MM

PRICE: R3 600

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

LINED SQUARE BOLD FEATHER PATTERN DAMASCUS RING 19.5 X 11 MM

PRICE: R3 750

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.

 

 

 

 

FINE FEATHER PATTERN DAMASCUS RING 20.5 MM X 10 MM WIDE

PRICE: R3 950

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

 

 

 

 

FINE FEATHER PATTERN DAMASCUS RING 20.5 MM X 15 MM WIDE

PRICE: R3 950

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

 

 

 

 

DAMASCUS STEEL RING WITH WIDE SILVER RAILS
20.3 X 6.5 MM

PRICE: R2 900

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.

 

 

DAMASCUS RING WITH TITANIUM SLEEVE 21.5 x 6 MM

PRICE: R3 450

21.5 mm inside diameter by 6 mm wide. Fine Pattern damascus steel with heat coloured titanium sleeve. Size Y, U.S.A size 12.