Size 6 Orange Rosarita Ring
What’s not to love about this sterling ring? The rich browns, orange, and caramel colors meld into one beautiful stone. Not only is it a statement piece with fun hand stamped lines with a rad 70's vibe and "stay wild" stamped on the back, but Rosarita is one of the coolest stone made. Why? Because of how it was formed.
Rosarita is a unique material, which derives its exceptionally rich, color from the process of gold refining. It is a unique by-product of the 1960s and 1970s gold refining processes. Alaskan beach sand was smelted for its gold content and the slag by-product was Rosarita, which is essentially a gold-infused glass. The base material for Rosarita is silica (which is quartz particles) mixed with gold at high temperatures.
Old processes prior to 1960 used the old method of open crucible and fire (infused heat) to smelt the sand, leaving behind a glass-like material in the crucible known as slag. This gold slag was used in the 1940s through 1970s for jewelry, carvings, flint napping, etc.
Setting measures - 1.18 x 1 inches
My work is hand forged in my home studio located in a small Midwestern town in the northern Illinois region. I mostly use .925 sterling silver with the exception of .999 fine silver around the stone and for the ball embellishments.