Picture of Turk's head engagement ring

When I decided to ask my wife to marry me, I started looking for the perfect ring. My sister pointed me to http://www.goldenknots.com/. The rings featured there are Turk's head knots made by Loren Damewood. They are beautiful but I wanted a ring with a diamond. I really liked the Turk's head idea, though, as knot tying is a hobby of mine. It occurred to me, that I could make the ring and that would make it all the more special. My knot hobby at that point consisted mostly of writing programs to generate instructions for how to tie knots, rather than actually tying them, but I had tied a few, so I gave it a shot. After many months of learning and experimenting, I was able to create the ring above. In this instructable, I'll go through the steps that I took to make it! I want to stress that I'm not a jeweler, and this is the only real piece of jewelry that I've made by hand. You could count the 20 or so practice rings that I made while I was figuring how I wanted the ring to look, but if you're going to tackle this project, I think you're going to have to do the same. It definitely takes practice, patience and some experimenting!

I'll start by explaining how to tie the band in steps 1-7. It will take practice to get it right, so once you've mastered those steps, we'll move on to tying the basket which will surround the diamond and how to weave that in with the band. Then finally, I'll show you how to reinforce the knot with a 3D printed gold band, which the diamond setting will also be attached to.

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hallshigh29 days ago

What size carat diamond did you use for setting in the ring?

manman116 months ago


This is so beautiful!

akaruko8 months ago

Hi Jallwine--your ring design is amazing! I was wondering if you could clarify two things in your instructions:

1) How do I know what range of ring sizes I am making when I print out the template?

2) How is the ring setting integrated into the ring itself? Is it attached to the reinforcement band or just to the basket?

Thanks so much! Again, amazing ring!

jallwine (author)  akaruko8 months ago
Thanks akaruko!

1) when making up a template the knot's circumference (and diameter) are shown at the bottom. You can match that up to a ring sizing chart to know where you're starting. It's been a while since I've tied one, but I think it can stretch a couple sizes.

2) the setting is attached to the reinforcing band. In my case, the jeweler melted through the center crossing that the basket was woven around.
spylock1 year ago
The ring is top notch,gives new meaning to tying the knot.If you dont mind my asking,were you going to replace the stone in your grandmother's necklace,or just keep it as is as a reminder of how the ring came to be?The necklace is awesome also,and I dont know the size of the stone,but one could get a nice ruby or something along those lines,and the necklace would be ready to wear.Good job,and good luck with the app also.
jallwine (author)  spylock1 year ago
I think the other diamonds in the necklace were used by other family members. I'm not sure what happened to the rest of it.
LunaDale1 year ago
How much did the reinforcement band cost? I'm looking to make one for my boyfriend, one without the diamond.
jallwine (author)  LunaDale1 year ago
I think the jeweler charged me around $950 for everything. At the time, I didn't know exactly how the reinforcement band would even work, so they designed that, assembled everything as well as set the diamond. And I put a rush on it once I had a proposal date in mind. I'm not sure how it was broken down. I would recommend talking to a jeweler to get a quote. I'm sure you could get a much better deal if you shop around and know exactly what you're looking for. I just uploaded the example models of the reinforcement band to Kraftwurx to get a quote for 10K gold and it comes to about $250. Having a jeweler simply attach the two pieces would probably be less than $100 (just a guess, though).
Jalwine I'm having difficulty printing the template. Is the actual printed size 1.86 inches x .283 inches?
jallwine (author)  Desertsquirrel32 years ago
Sorry, thought you were referring to the actually 3d printed model in a later step. Yes, those are the correct dimensions of the knot grid image when printed out. Just make sure you're printing at 300 dpi.
jallwine (author)  Desertsquirrel32 years ago
That sounds awfully big, but I never actually printed it myself (I just created it for demonstration purposes). I may have doubled the diameter of the ring. I'll take a look and upload a new one if its wrong.
Bobmonkey072 years ago
Where can I find this app?
jallwine (author)  Bobmonkey072 years ago
I just released the first version of the app last week. It's desktop only for now and is very basic. You can check it out here: http://knots.freakinsweetapps.com

I'm working on getting a mobile version out soon.
davidm2002 years ago
nice macro photagraphy skills!!! Love the ring!! although i personally like to keep thinks simple.... (very).... but jolly good job on the ring! bet the reciever was very glad.
jallwine (author) 2 years ago
Thanks everyone! I really appreciate it! A 3D printer is going to be huge for my current project.
shazni2 years ago
I knew you would win! Congratulations!!!
wold6302 years ago
Congratulations!! The ring is amazing! Nice work!
Congratulations on winning grand prize!!!
Congratulations!! for the Grand Prize...3D Printer Whoaaa :[)
jallwine (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 years ago
Thank you!!
Wonderful work. Good luck with the contest!
jallwine (author)  donedirtcheap2 years ago
Thanks, you too!
bnaon2 years ago
Holy cow... I've tied that knot in paracord and while I'm a newbie still, just that was hard enough... I can't imagine doing it with wire. Or I can, but I can't imagine myself doing it this cleanly in only 20 tries. The ring is absolutely gorgeous, and the idea of making your own engagement ring... Wow. I thought I knew my perfect ring, but a hand-made one? Not only did I never think of that, but that shows such passion
Once again, WOW.
I would never make one, but it sure is very very cool looking. thanks fer posting
kondzio292 years ago
I'll vote on you ;)
check my contest entry

evacooper2 years ago
that is gorgeous!
hjjusa2 years ago
I've tied a few turks head rings in sterling silver, but this is beautifully done. I like the basket for the diamond, gives me some ideas. Got my vote.
zoovet19892 years ago
I LOVE making turks head rings. I worked at a zoo and had the keepers bring me shed giraffe tail hairs and would make rings out of that. I hadn't even considered making it from wire! what a great idea to add the basket for settings!
jallwine (author)  zoovet19892 years ago
Cool! Do you have any pictures of your giraffe tail rings? That sounds very unique!
smileee22 years ago
Just beautiful, and very well done! I can't imagine how much your wife loved all the time, effort, and love that went into this breathtaking ring.
shazni2 years ago
This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! voting for all!...knot making is going to be one of my new hobbies... :-)
any idea where I can start??
following to see your knot tutorials!

best to you and your wife..may you have a good life in this world and the hear-after :-)

jallwine (author)  shazni2 years ago
Thanks shazni! I'd say the 5 part 4 bight knot in step 8 is a good place to start with Turk's heads. http://khww.net is a great site with an active forum for all things knot related (khww stands for Knot Heads World Wide). This is a great book for decorative knots: http://amzn.to/1awxJ9x.
shazni jallwine2 years ago
MamaSafi2 years ago
Thanks for sharing. You have a very lucky wife.
gfeikens2 years ago
Seriously, I am stunned with the end result! You got my vote! Have been playing with the idea of giving it a try in making jewelry, this instructable surely pushes in the right direction!

Were you already married or did you propose with this ring? I doubt she would even dare so no ;)
jallwine (author)  gfeikens2 years ago
I proposed with this ring. We've been married for about a year and a half now :)
abannau2 years ago
awesome :)
Darkmon2 years ago
Great.. Girlfriend's gonna love it.
Seriously, the ring you made for your now wife is so beautiful and heartfelt! I'm glad the instructions aren't for the exact version of you wife's ring; it's nice to have something unique. ;)

Great 'ible! It's funny because I was just thinking about knot tying right before I saw this.

I definitely voted for you for the Jewelry & 3D contest.

Thanks for the lovely instructable.
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