22K gold with anticlastic raised and flattened edges
The overall effect of this ring is Wabi Sabi--a rather unpretentious and rough-edged look that attempts to provoke the feel of antiquity, which in fact was the inspiration for this design. The ruby has some inclusions and is a medium color, not high grade, which is perfect for the feel I'm after.
Technically, the form was generated using anticlastic raising methods which results in a piece that is extremely stiff and resistant to deformation. This is how I get away with using 22K metal, intrinsically soft, to end up with a very strong ring.
I stumbled across this innovation in the process of experimenting with anticlastic methods. I know of no other goldsmith that has used this method, so I claim originality for the idea as of now, 2015.
Ruby and 22K, what could be more classic?
Hallmarked "Ricco" and quality marked "22K" Original design copyright 2015