(Closed) Skull E-Ring Settings

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Post # 106
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

coiledrose:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/KipkalinkaJewels?ref=l2-shopheader-name Kipkalinka on Etsy has real pics (not CADs) of skull rings and they all seem to be <$500 (they are silver and not gold… there’s a few gold pieces on there for >$500).  

The price of gold right now is $1323/oz. The average engagement ring has .35 oz of gold. That means the COST of gold is on average $463 for an engagement ring, not including labor, custom design fees, etc.

And no, I’ve been on these boards for probably almost 3 years and I don’t see skull rings often. I think there are a few bees that have skull wedding bands, and they were kind enough to post real life pics for you.

ETA: MySacrum on Etsy has real life pics. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MySacrum?ref=l2-shopheader-name

 

Post # 107
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1002 posts
Bumble bee

I was also going to suggest MySacrum on Etsy.  (I’m going to assume their name is a reference to Latin “Sacred Names” or Holy Sacrament, and not to the anatomical sacrum, though the latter is amusing to think about as a store name.)  It would be easy to have one of their rings gold plated, and in my experience many Etsy artists are willing to make their jewelry sans-stones if requested (so you could likely purchase only the setting, and then have the stone of your choice set locally).

There’s also this ring, which is not a skull ring, but fits the same theme, and is set with a marquise stone in a (stronger/more protected) bezel setting, which would help keep the tips of the stone from chipping.  The artist works with gold as well, and may be willing to make this ring in gold with a spinel in a custom order.  It would look nice paired with an appropriately shaped skull band, I think.  Or he has this ring, which has four bird skulls rather than human ones, but offers a beautifully detailed shank, or this ring, which has two human skulls cradling the stone between antlers.  Again, he offers all of these in silver (which could be gold plated), but he also works in gold, so he may be able or willing to make these in gold if asked.

This shop also offers some rings that may work, though their price range is more variable.

And if you’re open to a very different and completely non-traditional look (as opposed to simply incorporating skulls into a traditional engagement ring), my personal favorite is this one.  I would wear this in a heartbeat, on any of my fingers.

Post # 108
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690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

FutureDrAtkins:  0.35 oz it is 10 gram, right? 

I’ve never seen a ring so heavy oO

Post # 109
Hostess
9738 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

zamorski:  Maybe that figure was for troy oz? It’s a different type of measurement that jewelers use, I think? I just gooogled “average weight of gold in engagement ring” and that’s one of the first figures that popped up. I could be wrong, but $400ish in gold for a setting seems like a reasonable estimate.

Post # 110
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Buzzing bee
Post # 112
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

 

FutureDrAtkins:  Yes gold is measured in TROY ounces (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_ounce). There are 12 troy ounces in a troy pound. According to Wikipedia, one troy ounce = 31.1034768 g. 

But, rings can be heavy so 10 grams is not impossible. My 18k  (hand forged, which can be a bit heavier) solitaire is 7 grams…the stone will weigh a tiny bit of that course. It has a rather thin shank at 1.5mm, going up in the band to 3mm, so larger rings, or I imagine rings with skulls, will weigh more. Given it is 18k, 75% of the gold is actually gold. One of my 1.5-2mm 18k wedding bands is 3.5 grams, but that includes the small stones as well. 

I went to bluenile and looked at weight for a men’s comfort fit 5mm 18k gold wedding band, in size 14, and still only got 8.7g! A size 13 in platinum was 11.2 grams though, because platinum is heavier of course.

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Post # 113
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Blushing bee

coiledrose:  I was in town and popped into Thomas Sabo, his Rebel at Heart collection might be a great solution for you!

 

Post # 114
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Newbee

coiledrose:  You keep saying you’d like to “deal with this in person,” yet you’re on an INTERNET forum asking for advice. 

 

ETA: Why even include your budget if you don’t want us to stick to rings inside that budget??

Post # 115
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458 posts
Helper bee

TexasTumbleweed:  Also, she hasn’t been able to find what she wants in NYC because the city is too big…I guess there are too many options? I don’t get it. Most confusing query for help on WeddingBee, bar none. So many flip flops your head will spin.

Post # 116
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I know exactly what you’re going through. I spent months looking for a skull ring under $500. My search was rendered  difficult because I was looking for something as close to the antique memento mori rings I adore rather than a run of the mill off-the-rack style. Having been in the position you’re in though I think you’re likely to find a gold skull ring for over $500 but under $1000. If you’re willing to use silver (and maybe upgrade to gold later) under $500 will be much easier to find.

It’s funny because everything you and the other bees on this topic have said echoes the position I was in, I had some knowledge about the price of materials and fabrication processes that go into making rings so my estimate was around $1000 while my husband, who didn’t have that knowledge but was keenly aware of the artificially inflated price of gold, couldn’t understand why I couldn’t find a gold skull ring for under $500, although I totally agree with you that most skull engagement rings out there are overpriced. 

I ended up getting a AU$850 gold skull ring which I adore  by Julia Deville, an amazing Kiwi memento mori jeweller/artist whose work I’ve always loved (I used to sell her work and talked to her personally so I knew she was an awesome gal and was happy to support her). I used a natural spinel I bought on Ebay for $30 and the setting price included diamond one pointers in the eyes of the skulls. However I chose 9k white gold (which is the legal minimum gold standard in the UK/AU/NZ).

Choosing a lower karat gold was the easiest way for me to lower cost but this option is unpopular. In the US everybody you ask will say that only 18k and Platinum are durable enough and not to bother with lower karat gold. No disrespect to them but I think that’s a baseless generalisation as millions of people in AU/UK/NZ have successfully worn 9k gold throughout their lifetimes without significant problems, my family included. Lower karat gold is in reality harder than higher karat. It’s true that it can be more brittle but there are also scores of people out there with scratched, dinged up, battered 18k or platinum rings because they assume that a ‘better quality’ gold means they can wear their rings 24/7 without looking after them (eg taking them off when sleeping/ showering/ doing housework). Platinum for example is touted as much harder, more durable (and therefore MUCH more expensive) than gold but is in actuality less hard and more brittle and prone to scratching than gold, it’s simply that it is more dense (thus you need more of it) and less malleable therefore less likely to bend out of shape or have prongs loosen (here’s some info on it if you don’t believe me  http://www.jogiadiamonds.com.au/blog/white-gold-vs-platinum-what-jewellers-wont-tell-you/

Anyways, I would highly recommend Julia Deville, her work is truly amazing. Here’s the ring catalogue she sent me https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oa7evfwzt0dd9zn/AADh46-73kgWDCv0bVnPXhp0a/PC%20Rings%20June%202013.pdf?dl=0 and some bad (sorry I don’t have any non digi pics) pics of my ring 

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I’d also recommend Meadowlark Jewelry, they’re based in New Zealand so their prices are in NZ dollars which is MUCH lower than US, you can basically shave off 1/3 of their price, on a good US dollar rate day https://www.facebook.com/Meadowlarkjewellery/photos_stream

I’m planning on upgrading to their red gold skull wedding band in a few weeks 🙂 

Also sometimes I kinda wished I’d been able to afford my dream skull ring jeweller, Adam Foster on Etsy. Yes he’s expensive but he is very open to enquiries if you have a budget and as you already have a stone it wouldn’t hurt to contact him, his skull rings are TO DIE FOR!

In any case Good Luck in your search! I love my ring SO MUCH, it’s the most “me” piece of jewelry I own and it’s so unlike the majority of engagement rings that I never get ring envy even after spending hours looking at the beautiful (and generally ginormous) rings on Weddingbee I find myself looking at down my skull ring and loving it as much as I did the very first day 🙂

Post # 117
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89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I forgot to mention (you can’t see from the pic unfortunately) but the filigree behind the skulls is shaped like tiny little bows

Post # 119
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89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

oh wow i wish i’d found this site when i was looking for my rings, they’re copies of the adam foster ones which i really wanted!

tekenm:  

Post # 120
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016 - 1950s themed bar

queenshabooty:  I was about to say Meadowlark! I’m a kiwi so they’re well known to me. I have the fang ring, and it’s awesome. Anyway, this:

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