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Jeff McKenzie - Ring - Reticulated and Oxidized RR7

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Comfortable, casual style for Men and Women that feels solid and is a pleasure to wear.

Handcrafted by Jeff Mckenzie, Oxidized and Reticulated Silver ring

We currently have ring size 11 in stock. Other sizes are available to special order - allow 2 to 3 weeks. Please indicate size at check out.

To reticulate silver, Jeff repeatedly heats and then quenches the silver in an acid bath.  When the sterling silver is heated, copper oxides are produced on the surface of the piece.  Quenching in an acid bath removes the copper oxides.  This "depletion gilding" creates a thin layer of pure silver on the outside of the piece. leaving the copper inside.  Once the silver piece has been heated and cooled enough times, it is then heated one more time, almost to the point of melting - in fact, it is actually melted, but from the inside out.  Since the copper has a slightly lower melting point than the silver, as it boils and melts on the inside it produces a ridged or ripply surface. The now reticulated silver is permanently oxidized using liver of sulpher, and hand shaped into jewelry.  Each piece is truly one of a kind.

About the Artist: Jeff McKenzie is a craftsman, goldsmith, silversmith, jeweler, designer and graduate gemologist. He is passionate about making jewelry and is constantly striving to improve the quality of all the jewelry he makes.  His painstaking techniques and attention to detail ensure the jewelry he creates will be treasured for a lifetime.

Questions? Please email or call us at 805-772-5563 10am to 6pm daily.  

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