- Frequently Asked
Questions - Mokume Gane & Meteorite Rings
- Meteorite Rings: 1 - 2 - Jewelry
Mokume Gane Rings: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 Damascus Steel Rings:
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7
- Unique Ring Designs, Artist Chris
- Total Quality & Customer Satisfaction - Design your own ring - Custom
Designs & Ideas are Welcome!
Q: How hard is the
- The Meteorite itself is a composition of iron, nickel, and
other trace elements. It is very strong. The precious metal band inside is hand forged
around it in an anti-clastic form. This type of form in itself is very strong. With the
two of these together, the ring is very durable. For people who are rough on jewelry, I
would definitely recommend the platinum inner band or the 18K gold.
Q: Can you do engraving?
- Depending upon the width of the ring, yes. Generally, 4mm
and above can be engraved. Please inquire.
Q: Can the Meteorite or Mokume rings be resized?
- The mokume rings can be sized both up or down. If sizing up,
it may require a small piece of slightly different patterned mokume to be used. The
meteorite rings can be slightly enlarged. If your meteorite or mokume ring needs
re-sizing, I will gladly take your ring back in trade against a new ring for you.
Q: Can you do a comfort fit?
- The meteorite ring is comfot fit. Some of the
Mokume Gane rings are comfort fit. The comfort fit style is an option on many
of the other ring designs, please inquire if you are not sure.
- Q: I want to purchase a diamond
from you but I want to see it first, can this be done?
- Yes. Upon payment to furthers.com, I will contact you
directly for your criteria, and then send a stone to you for approval. If I purchase a
stone based on your guidelines and you dont purchase it from me, there will be a
$300 dollar or 10% verification fee, whichever is less. After the stone is verified, your
money less the fee will be refunded. Of course, if you wish a different stone (size,
shape, color, cut, clarity), you would not be charged the fee, you would just incur
shipping charges back to me for the stone to be set.
Q: How long do the rings take to make?
- I strive to get your ring to you within 2-3 weeks of your
finalized order. Around certain holidays, the delay can be slightly longer.
Q: What is your return policy?
- I want you to be happy with your ring. If you ordered the
wrong size, I will gladly re-size for a fee. If I shipped the wrong size, I will resize at
my expense. If there is anything else wrong with your purchase, please contact me
immediately and I will help to make it right. All rings have a lifetime warranty against
defects in workmanship. Please contact if you have any problems.
- Q: What is a natural diamond crystal?
- A: A natural diamond crystal is a real diamond, just one
that has not been cut. They represent a tremendous value in diamonds. They pass through
far fewer hands, and have a unique beauty quite unlike cut stones. Mostly occurring in
octahedron shapes, the also sometimes occur in a triangle, or "macle", shape.
They are graded similar to cut stones, with clarity, color, and carat weight being the
criteria. All of my natural stones are selected with an eye towards beauty and future
appreciation. Stones are available for client inspection.
- Q: What is Stainless Damascus?
- A: Possessing both incredible durability and great beauty,
stainless steel Damascus is a wonderful jewelry material that will last for years. The
Damascus process involves welding multiple layers of two different steel alloys to make
one solid piece, which is then twisted, ground or otherwise manipulated to yield complex
patterns, much like mokume gane.
- There is evidence that Damascus has existed since 500 BC.
Originally made in India and Southeast Asia, it was brought by the Romans and Francs to
Europe. During the 16th century, Japanese swordsmiths elevated the manufacture of Damascus
blades to an art form.
- In my rings, I use only stainless steel Damascus that has
been heat treated for optimal strength. Damascus can also be made from carbon steel, but
it will corrode and discolor, even when lacquered or chemically protected. Stainless
Damascus is easy to care for, and will last for a long time. For amazing patterns and high
durability, stainless Damascus is an excellent choice.
- Q: What is Platinum Sterling Silver?
- A: Platinum Sterling Silver is a new alloy composed of
sterling silver and a small percentage of platinum. The Platinum gives the sterling high
resistance to tarnish, much greater strength, and working characteristics similar to that
of 18 karat golds. Because of the platinum, it is ten times more expensive than standard
sterling silver, but is well worth it due to the benefits caused by the addition of
- Caring for Damascus
- As with all fine jewelry, damascus rings should not be worn
into a hot tub or swimming pool, and care should be taken when using any household
cleaners containing bleach. Chlorine and bleach actually cause the metal in your jewelry
to leach out, weakening it. This can lead to lost stones, pitted and corroded areas on
your jewelry and eventual crumbling of the material. This can happen in a very short
amount of time, especially with low karat (14kt and below) jewelry.
- It is also a good idea to remove rings prior to swimming
because cold water can cause fingers to shrink, which can lead to lost jewelry
- The precious metal components of the rings can be cleaned
with any commercially available jewelry cleaner or cloth. Stainless steel damascus is
naturally resistant to corrosion and with normal wear it will not need any special
treatment other than the precautions described above. If discoloration does occur, the
damascus may be cleaned with whitening toothpaste.