950 Palladium Fabrication + Assembly

This bold yet minimalist ring design features a 10 mm cultured pearl set in 950 palladium with a wide, rounded inner and outer shank for comfort and surface contrast. The ring was hand fabricated using Hoover & Strong's low-dome, half-round 950 TruPd palladium wire stock from their palladium product catalog. The finished weight of the ring is 9.2 pennyweights. In platinum, the identical design would have weighed nearly 16 pennyweights. 1 The 950 palladium, low-dome, half-round wire on the left of figure 1 measures 8 mm wide and is 1.7 mm deep and will be used for the inner shank with the rounded contour inside the finger hole. The wire on the right measures 10 × 1.5 mm and will be used for the outer shank with the rounded contour on the outside. The flat sides of the wires will face each other and become the joint surfaces. 2 The wire was difficult to bend as su

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