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    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

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    Made - gold ring

    Hi all, as some of you already know, I've been working through the process of getting some of my gold dust smelted and made into a ring. Well, success is at hand!


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    PS shhh, don't tell her, I want it to be a surprise!

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    Mar 2011
    Tucson, AZ
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    Wow! That is awesome. Congrats!

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    Sep 2011
    Denver, Colorado
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    Nice, Kevin! Tell us a little more, please. What is the purity of the gold and do I see stones?

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    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
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    The gold was smelted to 99% pure so the gold smith could alloy it properly to make a durable ring. Like most rings, it is now 14K. My wife wants a gold band to wear when she is being active so she doesn't worry about losing her diamond so that's what this ring is about. What you see on the band is freehand engraving of daisies...her favorite flower and what I gave her 32 years ago when we started dating seriously :-)

    The finished ring weighs 5.5 grams so the gold content is 3.3 grams. To make a ring this size however, you need about twice that much gold so the smith has enough material to pour in the mould. You get the rest of the gold back as it's removed when they trim the ring before polishing.

    It's been interesting to get this deep into the process of going from raw placer gold to a finished piece of jewelry!
    Last edited by KevinInColorado; Oct 28, 2013 at 04:26 PM.

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    Mine All Year Long!

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    Wow Kevin, that is amazing. I hope to do the same for my wife for our 12th anniversary. She has come with me on nearly every prospecting adventure I've had this year and is a great sport! She has no idea that what we have found will soon be a permanent piece of her life! I really like the daisies too!

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    Feb 2010
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    Beautiful ring Kevin. Your wife is a lucky girl and you are obviously a very lucky guy that she agreed to be with you all these years. I know that is how I feel about my 35+ years. Many more years of bliss to you and your wife.

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    This isn't a hobby! It's hard work!

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    Excellent Kevin! Looks and sounds like you put a lot of thought into this little project. If this don't get ya some "Brownie Points" nothing will!
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    Gorgeous, she's gonna love it.





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    Dec 2012
    Concrete, WA
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    Way to go Kevin!

    Would love to do much the same for my wife, but still a long, long ways to
    go.
    Mike (aka Dizz)

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    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
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    Quote Originally Posted by DizzyDigger View Post
    Way to go Kevin! Would love to do much the same for my wife, but still a long, long ways to go.
    ...just keep diggin'!

    And thanks everyone, I was almost as eager to show all of you as I am to surprise my wife with it! (But only almost )

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    Kevin,

    are you going to renew your wedding vows? Kinda cool and it should mean more to her than buying some over priced ring.
    “He who builds their own equipment has a better understanding of what works and what does not work”



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    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
    6,754
    10545 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by AzViper View Post
    Kevin, are you going to renew your wedding vows? Kinda cool and it should mean more to her than buying some over priced ring.
    Not vows but I am going to get down on one knee and re-propose

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    Very Cool Kevin

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    Jul 2013
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    Very cool. Is the process expensive?

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    FIRE...Financially Independent Retired Early. Poor but free!

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    Very cool ring Kevin. The idea, work, memories and finished product all rolled into one band? Priceless. Congrats.
    Background on the process was all brand new to me...thanks for sharing!
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