The tiny tabletop furnace and crucible where the gold for our rings was alloyed (18k gold is 75% gold, 12.5% silver and 12.5% copper).
Strips are cut from this bar.
Ta-da! That’s for my ring.
We went through a lot of saw blades. They are so delicate, the smallest misalignment or jerky movement would break them.
Next, the strips go through this press to round off the sharp cut edges.
The strips are bent into a ring using these fancy pliers.
After going through another press to create a good circular shape, the goldsmith soldered the ends together.
Next, we filed the outside of the rings to the curvature we wanted and polished them with a wire wheel.
This engraving tool transfers the letters you trace on that brass plate to the inside of the ring via a complicated system of levers.
The gold dust and cuttings are collected in a leather apron that hangs down from the work area and are then reused.