Simple `ingredients' and simple equipments to get a good looking ring.
I had a brilliant lying in a little box on my desk and I really love rings.
I decided to put that gem on a ring and to give it to my girlfriend.
But I am not a jeweler nor I have the right equipment, so I decided to use wood as raw material and to use my limited set of utensils.
I actually did not use it for a proposal, I just gave it to my girlfriend as a normal gift.
But it can be a good engagement ring for the guys that want to give something special to their lovers.
The close-up pictures were taken with a Pentax K10 D and a Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 SP Di macro lens.
The other pictures, with a Pentax SMC-DA 16-45mm f/4 ED AL zoom lens.
Step 1: Materials
First of all you need a brilliant.
I found one in a ear-ring that was lying on the floor of a train station (lucky uh?).
I believe that it is a cubic zirconia gem, but I am not an expert, so as far as I know it can be a real diamond!
If you are not so lucky you can easily buy a cubic zirconia, or a real diamond, from eBay.
Sometimes cubic zirconia is referres as "synthetic diamond" or "lab created diamond".
Then you need some wood.
I used a dark-red wood, but do not ask me what kind is it. I think that it comes from an old broken wine barrel, since I found it in an old cellar.
To glue the brilliant on the wood. I hope that it will keep the brilliant in place. I also tried Cyanoacrylate glue (here in Italy "super attak") but it did not work, after a couple of days the gem fell off (fortunately I did not loose it).