Superbowl Ring – Purple Heart Ring
If you’re a guy and you won the Superbowl you get a ring. And it means a lot and you wear it.
If you’ve been in the military and get a meaningful medal, doesn’t it make sense to wear that honor as a ring? This is a story of the creation of a Purple Heart ring for Larry.
I loved the many steps lavished on this important project. I share my thoughts and steps on Larry’s ring with you now.
Being in the Military is Different
Having had a career military uncle, I respect the work, the comeraderie and risk that choosing the military entails.
My client Larry has a lot of military medals. A strong confident man, he first reached out to me to replicate his lost Purple Heart ring.
He didn’t feel that the options offered online were what he wanted. When I heard amethyst, meaningful diamonds and a George Washington profile that looked good, I was hooked on the challenge and the honor of doing this project.
Beginning Without a Bid
Creating a special piece of jewelry with many details and techniques worked into it often entails teamwork. In this case a lot of teamwork. Figuring out what each part will cost what is quite challenging, especially when you don’t know exactly what the proportions will end up being after all the changes to the basic shape you have in mind.
In order to get the basic shape and style I’d be working with, Larry showed me a ring online. It was made of siver and the detail work was a bit indistinct, but the shape of it was a good starting point. So we ordered it.
Larry had a special ring he wasn’t
wearing and he wanted to use the diamonds that were in it in his purple heart ring, in the frame around the central medal section.
Every other individual part came about as I drew and redrew the ideas, dates, symbols and details for his ring until all of the specifics were written or drawn in and it looked good.
Once it was drawn and described I could finally figure out the bid as I now knew who I wanted to work with for the various details. And more importantly could figure out the dimensions of each part.
Heroes Among Us
I’d noticed heroes rarely talk about the things they’ve done. They’re more likely to tell you about getting in trouble for accidentally letting some stray dog in among the trash cans when going into that locked area for a secret smoke.
So, you’re laughing imagining that messy problem, and yet it would be a huge problem. But they won’t tell you the fact that they protected and then rescued two guy who stood no chance without them. Guys who now have kids thanks to them. But that’s military guys.
I’ll probably never know why Larry got his medals, but I smile knowing he’s a good man.
Steps in the Making of Larry’s Purple Heart Ring
I knew that this level of detail was artists work and not a CAD programmer’s job. So I chose a wax sculptor for the wax.
The lettering we needed to be precise and crisp, as did the eagles, leaf, and chevron details. I chose to have this part of the design created on a CAD program. The CAD program has precise measurements as part of the program which I needed in order to have the custom piece of amethyst cut to go under the heart.
I worked as well with my enamel artist to figure out what colors we’d use where.
So Many Steps
Once the casting was done the diamonds were set, enameling brought sparkly colors, the amethyst and George Washington were put in place.
The final step was applying oxidation finish to make the lettering pop. This was done ten times so it would last well into the future of the Purple Heart Ring.
How Long Did it All Take?
A medal often spends its time in a box or in a frame. Being part of making this meaningful recognition as a ring is a special moment in my life as a jeweler.
Larry cares a lot about his ring; it stands for a part of his life he’ll never forget. Bringing his Purple Heart ring to Larry was exciting and moving.