Our materials

We take a close look at our materials and suppliers. After all, we spend a lot of time with them and even before you enjoy your rings, we want to enjoy our pleasure in making them. We ask ourselves, does a material, does a supplier suit us? When we have made up our minds, we are faithful. We have been working with many suppliers for years. For example, we have been buying our diamonds for a long time from a dealer with Indian roots who has lived in Germany for generations.

Damascus

The history of Damascus steel is rich in myths and stories. There is a legend that real damascus blades could cut silk scarves floating in the air. Historical evidence shows that the crusaders of the 14th century encountered swords in the Orient that were far superior to their weapons. Until then, the weaponsmiths of Central Europe had only known flexible, but quickly dulling, or very sharp and brittle metals. The smiths of the Orient, on the other hand, had developed a technique that combined both features. Their secret was a kind of “puff pastry” forged from two metals of different properties in very thin layers.

Over time, the use of Damascus steel became more versatile and peaceful. Our Damascus steel is made in a small forge in the heart of Sweden, and another in a forge in Germany; both consist of 60 layers of different steels with precisely measured accompanying elements. A subsequent elaborate heat treatment refines its wear properties.

Yellow gold

The traditional.
A ring of yellow gold has always been considered a sign of love.

Yellow gold is an alloy (mixture) of fine gold and equal parts silver and copper.

Gold alloys, as they are commonly offered, are a compromise of beautiful color, good workability, and high hardness when worn. Since the yellow gold is very close in color to the fine gold, we looked closely here and felt it had to be even better. We have tried for a long time and now think it was worth it. We named the in-house yellow gold alloy after the city of Shiraz. Like a warm breeze from afar.

Red gold

The skin flatterer. This soft red tone makes fair skin radiant. Red gold is an alloy (mixture) of fine gold, some silver and about 30% copper. Copper, which gives it its red color.

In addition to the usual red gold, we have also developed a workshop alloy here and named it after the city of Jaffa. Jaffa stands for juicy oranges and and a wonderful warm hue. These alloys complement our range towards warm colors that flatter the skin tone. They are developments from our workshop and are not offered like this by any refinery. Because they are very important to ourselves, we also use only the finest ingredients. The fine gold comes from a gravel plant on the Rhine.

Platinum, white gold and silver

The white metals. Platinum, white gold and silver – the cool breeze.

Platinum is the most precious metal of all. Heavy in hand, rare in occurrence. We process it as 600 and 950 alloy.

White gold is an alloy of fine gold, copper, silver and palladium. Our white gold has a palladium content of 12%, which allows us to avoid coatings that would never last very long. Our white gold is elegantly gray and remains so.

Silver is not suitable for wedding rings. We do not set diamonds in silver, for example, because it is too soft. However, these models can certainly be made in silver.

Gold from German rivers

We now offer gold from Germany in addition to our fair trade gold. The Rhine and Elbe rivers in particular are gold-bearing, albeit in tiny quantities. One gram of Rhine gold consists of 280,000 flitters; 0.025 grams of gold are extracted from one ton of washed Rhine gravel (this results in 40 tons of rock for 1 gram of gold) – all in all, a rather laborious business. That is why, as early as 1764, not just any gold was used to mint the gold ducats, but Rhine gold, and also pointed out: SIC FULGENT LITTORA RHENI (So shine the banks of the Rhine.) Today they are rare and sought-after collector’s items.

Diamonds

The diamonds we set are partly recycled diamonds – i.e. gemstones that have already been worn in jewelry – and partly stones that we source from Indian cutters, where care is taken to ensure that the cutters receive a fair wage and child labor is excluded. In addition, diamonds are subject to the Kimberley Process, which ensures that they do not originate from war zones and finance wars there, such as in southern Africa.

We like to use colored diamonds, but we take great care to set only naturally colored diamonds in their subtle hues. We do not process irradiated or heated diamonds.

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Fairtrade

This fine gold comes 100% from the Fairtrade certified Macdesa gold mine in Peru. The Fairtrade premium of $2,000, which the mine receives in addition to the world market price for its gold, enables the community of small-scale miners to invest in community projects such as schools and a good medical infrastructure, and to improve their own living conditions in a sustainable way. Fairtrade certification guarantees that gold mining is done more responsibly with the environment, workers wear appropriate protective clothing and undergo regular safety training, and child labor is absolutely excluded. An all-around fair gold recovery, in fact.

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The manufacture of your rings

We approach the making of your rings as goldsmiths. We know that rings that are comfortable to wear should not be wider than 7 mm and not thicker than 2 mm. In addition, rings should be cambered inside, that is, have a bulge.

We have also applied this to our rings made of Damascus steel. All models you see in the store have this width and thickness – except for our narrow series, these rings are 3.2 mm wide.

We have the damascus forged to our specifications in two workshops in Germany and Sweden. The heart of the production then takes place in our workshop in Leipzig. There the damask is cut into rings and etched. Hardening is carried out by a company specializing in this field in Chemnitz.

The processing of the precious metals takes place exclusively at our premises in Leipzig. Alloying, casting, rolling and cutting the ring blanks are not left to anyone else, but we take care of it ourselves.

Careful assembly of the rings is crucial for quality. Therefore, this is also done in our workshop, just like the surface treatment, i.e. sanding, grinding and polishing.

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