More on Mandala Rings

The Mandala Rings are our first product introduced on the web site. Nearly ten years ago, I made my first series of Mandala Rings and I have not stopped making big bold rings ever since. This new series is very special to me. I have developed six iconic patterns for these rings and they will be anchoring an exciting line using the artisan jewelry processes that anchor the workflow in my shop.

Each ring is composed of individual parts each fabricated by hand. There are two bezels when a gem stone is added, one in 925 sterling silver and another in 750/18K gold. These are made individually and are not cast as multiples. 
The larger 925 sterling silver bezel is individually engraved using one of our rose engine lathes. These engravings are guided by one hand pushing the graver and another turning a hand wheel to move the bezel against the engraver while a follower funs over a pattern creating the design. There is no motor involved in the engraving process. It is a precise and meticulous practice that takes time and patience. If a mistake is made, the bezel must be recycled. It is ruined.

The shanks of the ring are made from seamless solid sterling tubing that is formed and not cast. I like heft and heavy sometimes. With the large bezels sitting on them, hefty ring shanks are a must for these particular rings.

Each of the six Mandala patterns carved in the African Blackwood discs used in the rings is created on a rose engine lathe individually. This too is a time consuming and precise process. The finish seen on the rings comes from the cutter. The work can not be sanded or the effect on the surface that gives the wood its magnificent play of light is compromised. The cutter must be sharp and manipulated to make multiple light cuts rather than a few deep ones. Once the pattern is complete, it is turned very slowly, and is burnished by running it under the cutter without actually cutting for several slow revolutions, a time consuming process.

Putting all the separate components together into a unique jewel is the last and most rewarding step of many that comprise the fabrication of each of these jewels. We present these to you with love and gratitude.

Published by Celia Kudro

I am Celia Kudro, a designer/artisan/creator. My artistic pursuits started with lapidary gem stone cutting, followed by gold and silver work. After seeing an exhibition of Fabergé objects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I became transfixed by the processes of Guilloché engraving on metals as well as the use of vitreous enamels, and the art of ornamental turning.

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