After completing the polishing of the stones, they need to be completed with Silver on the backs and sides. Each gemstone has Fine Silver on the back and the sides are custom made to fit each individual stone. The selection of this is either Sterling Silver or Fine Silver. The style is determined by the type of stone, the complexity or simplicity of the pattern and what it will be made into. When being made into a ring, we try to select styles that will look good on the finger and not be too fragile for everyday use. Pendants have more flexibility because their sizes vary so much, so more opportunities for more elaborate styles of banding. Bolos usually have the smooth Fine Silver sides, as they often get heavy duty uses from jackets or sweaters rubbing against them. The same applies to belt buckles. By using the various styles of custom made banding, it gives a nice variety of looks that people seem to really like.
The Final Product
Pictures say more than words, so when looking at how a raw stone is transformed into a beautiful gemstone pendant and ring, the picture says it all.