From the Jeweler's Bench

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STACK OF THE DAY: Rainy Day Rings March 14 2016

It was a wonderful stormy weekend in Mill Valley.  We brought a little sunshine into our day with a stack of yellow diamond and sapphire rings.

Stacking rings yellow daimnds & yellow sapphire


You have just started to wear the most beautiful and embellished ring you have ever owned - often your engagement ring or wedding band - and you find that the skin under your ring is raw, red and painful.  What is going on?  Are you allergic to your ring? Probably not, probably you have ring rash.

Just what is ring rash anyway?  Ring rash is an irritation of the skin that is usually caused by trapped water and soap.  This breaks down the outermost layer of the bodies' protection resulting in a rash where the broken mantle of the skin allows bacteria to invade the area. 

Why is it happening now?  The ring may have holes cut out on the underside where the gemstones are set, or it may be extremely wide, or it might be the combination of wearing several rings stacked together.  Somehow, irritants are being trapped under your ring and held against your skin and the cure is almost always these three steps:

1. Stop wearing all rings on the irritated finger or fingers.

2. Apply an antibacterial topical cream to the irritated area.

3. Don't wear your rings until the irritation is gone and the finger has completely healed.

To prevent future ring rash keep the area under your ring nice and dry.   You can remove the ring while washing your hands and then dry your fingers completely.  If you don't want to take off your ring, then, after washing and drying your hands, you must spin the ring on your finger - water will come out from underneath the ring and if you keep spinning it eventually all the water will be gone and the skin will be dry underneath.




Today we finished and delivered a beautiful custom design.  The center stone is a marquise diamond.  As diamonds go a marquise is a delicate shape - the two points are vulnerable to getting knocked and chipped.  For this ring we wrapped the client's diamond in platinum and made a strikingly simple band of  brushed twenty-two karat gold to support it.  Perfect!