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I was recently asked to create wedding bands for a couple, using a gold sovereign coin belonging to them.

As you probably know by now, I’m quite partial to the idea of re-using and recycling once loved precious things.

It is riskier to melt and re-use metal, due to the unknown imperfections which can cause it to crack once the ring is being reformed – which makes it all the more special.

When making wedding rings, or any jewellery for that matter, I believe it is important to create from the heart, to try and capture what the essence of what the ring signifies and embodies.

Here is an overview of the creation process…

The gold sovereign coin is alloyed with other metals.

The gold sovereign coin is alloyed with other metals.

A gold bar is formed.

A gold bar is formed.

The metal is formed into bands.

The metal is formed into bands.

Soldering.

Soldering.

Filing.

Filing.

Planishing.

Planishing.

 
Stamping the rings with the Benjamin Black hallmark.

Stamping the rings with the Benjamin Black hallmark.

Polishing.Polishing.

The finished rings.

The finished rings.

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