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Solid silver, these rings have under gone the process of reticulation to give them each a unique surface quality and texture that cannot be replicated.
Reticulation is a technique that produces an incredibly beautiful texture of peaks and valleys in silver metal designs. Due to the very nature of the technique, it is impossible to replicate a specific texture, which makes each piece a true one-of-a-kind. This process takes time and patience to master.
To begin the reticulation process, copper must be depleted from the surface of the silver. The depletion process will leave a silver rich surface layer and a core that has a higher percentage of copper. The result is a sheet of metal that has two different melting points, the core being the lower of the two. This unique composition is what makes reticulation possible. Copper depletion is achieved by the heating the silver to annealing temperature, quenching it, then removing the copper deposits from the surface. The depletion process it repeated 8-10 times before adequate separation between the silver and copper has been achieved. Once the last quenching and cleaning have occurred, the silver is then brought to annealing temperature once more and a pure silver skin forms on the surface and is guided by the flame of the torch to create the unique textures.