www.ahernbrucker.com- Fine Jewelry - US Military - Ahern & Brucker
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A well made ring.
If "Rolex" made Military rings, they would make this one.
Please take a moment to discover exactly what separates our ring from the "others".
You may notice that our edges are sharp and crisp, there is no sloppy soldering, even the anchor chain is super detailed... the letters are not simply "plated", they are "Capped" with white gold. and the finish is that which can be had only after hours of hand polish (approx 5 hours) not including stone setting by hand... and, not just by the hand of an apprentice but, an actual master goldsmith.
Upon further inspection, you will see and feel how solid it is and is generously weighted. The stones are alive and bright, that which you would expect to go into a fine ring...
Look a little closer at the inside, and you will see it is inlaid in the opposite color gold...If you were a goldsmith or a connoisseur of fine jewelry, you would inspect the holes under the stones to see if they are "high shined"... (they are)
Yes, we could cut all of the corners, instead of spending a few hours making each wax perfect before casting, we could eliminate that step and instead of a 12 hour burnout, we could reduce it to 2... instead of using newly refined gold for 100% of the ring, we could just keep reusing our old scrap at a mixture of 50-50. and instead of hand polishing every detail, we could simply toss them in a tumbler for a few hours and call it "good enough"...
but "good enough" for who?
For our customers mediocrity in not acceptable and complacency has no room in their world, they understand the value of a job well done and what that requires... and how very rare it is to find now days... at any price.
For those people, we dedicate our services.
This ring is a combination of lost wax casting and hand fabrication both done by Master goldsmith Carol Ahern (30+ years of custom work).
This ring like all of the work we produce is perfect in every respect starting with the gold we use (all newly refined, no "scraps" from previous jobs) to the final polish.
The natural gem stones are matched in size and color, cut from the same rough and are selected for the ring size to be in perfect proportion.
The ring weighs a little more than 1 oz of 18k in a size 10 1/2.
The fouled anchor with the letters representing "Unity-Service-Navigation" are in 18k yellow gold with 18k white gold letter caps. This is a 5 piece ring. the MCPO ring is 7 pieces and the senior chief ring is 6 pieces. (not including the set of 6 gem stones all perfectly set by the hands of a master.)
The following photos show some of the steps that went into making this fine ring.
The wax model and selecting the Gem stones.
Diamonds are V V S / d-e and the ruby & sapphire are of equal quality. we personally select (high grade) each matching stone set. We determine the stone sizes by the size of the ring. (every ring is in perfect proportion)