Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Handcrafted Ring

For my birthday this year, I asked for a ring.  What Andrew came up with surprised and delighted me.  We went around to a couple of jewelry stores and I didn't see much of anything I liked.  Then he said, "I know about this place in North Beach ... "

We ended up at Macchiarini Creative Design which has 65 years of history spanning 3 generations.  We met  Daniel Macchiarini who guided us through the process of having a ring created just for me.

After choosing  a design idea, Dan created a couple hand carved wax prototypes for me.  After picking my favorite of the prototypes (and it was hard to choose) I booked a date for the "casting party."

It was an amazing experience to actually participate in casting my ring.  Andrew and I were brought back into Dan's workshop to start the casting and I immediately fell in love with every piece of equipment, every overstuffed shelf, every bit of history that surrounded me.

It was magical to be a part of this process from beginning to end.  My ring brings me intense joy precisely because I know it's story - because I'm a part of it's story.  This is the kind of connection I wish I had with all of the items I use each day.  It's the reason I devote so much time to making things for myself and for others.

These photos are of the space and of the casting process. In the end, I was the one that reached into the disintegrating mold and pulled out my ring.  The casting process destroys the wax prototype.  There will never be another ring just like mine.

22 Comments leave a comment

Lynda M O said ...
Thank you for all these amazing and unique pictures showing all the equipment and processes involved in what appears to be a "simple" ring. Truly a unique experience and how thrilling to be the one to pull it out of the mold. It's gorgeous. Congratulations on a lovely piece of jewelry !~!
12/10/2013 9:26 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Lynda M O ... Thank you! I knew this was the right place to share this story. :)
12/15/2013 7:31 PM

Katie said ...
That's beautiful! What a great way learn about casting and buy a ring. I'm jealous.
12/10/2013 9:36 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Katie ... Thanks! :)
12/15/2013 7:31 PM

What a beautiful ring and story! I love it. :)
12/10/2013 10:03 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Rachel Hobson ... Thank you! :) He has a fantastic outer space kind of design that reminds me of you - planets and stars and trajectories.
12/15/2013 8:02 PM

What an awesome experience!! The workshop looks like some fairy-tale craftsman's domain. I guess, it kind of is!! :) Too cool. I am insanely jealous!
12/10/2013 12:46 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Carolyn Michelle ... It was definitely magical. :)
12/15/2013 8:02 PM

caroline said ...
Wow, great story and a beautiful ring.
I had my wedding ring made by a friend. they are extra precious I think.
12/10/2013 2:43 PM

futuregirl replied ...
caroline ... That's such a great idea!
12/15/2013 9:00 PM

Hilary said ...
That is insanely cool! And your ring is amazing!
12/10/2013 3:21 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Hilary ... Thanks! :)
12/15/2013 9:00 PM

Cara said ...
Wow, very cool! (and you have on that sweater you jived up too!) I've been scouting for a ring I like without much luck, so your ring story fits perfectly into my life too. ;)
12/10/2013 6:30 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Cara ... Oh, wow! What synchronicity. Can't believe you recognized the sweater in black and white. Haha.
12/15/2013 9:01 PM

Andrea said ...
Your ring is so unique. I love the artistic element that you created and the beauty of it.
12/11/2013 1:05 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Andrea ... Thank you! :)
12/15/2013 9:01 PM

Carmen said ...
That's the kind of experience that will stay with you forever! I know exactly what you mean about having a connection with the things you interact with every day... the older I get, the more I crave that feeling.
12/11/2013 4:45 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Carmen ... Definitely. Especially as I try to simplify my life, the things I do choose to keep around become more important. :)
12/15/2013 9:02 PM

dogyear said ...
I love your comment about valuing the connection of where things come from, the raw material and process. If we pause and notice all that we have, how can we not be grateful? I love your blog. I knit and sew, and took jewelry making classes (40 years ago!). Thank you for reminding me to stop and think.
12/12/2013 1:50 AM

futuregirl replied ...
dogyear ... Exactly! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a great comment. :)
12/15/2013 8:01 PM

Angelina said ...
I am obviously just catching up with your adventures - this is so interesting and the ring is gorgeous.
1/9/2014 12:44 PM
futuregirl replied ...
Angelina ... Thanks! It was a lot of fun. :)
1/10/2014 9:32 PM


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