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Ring inlaid with Lapis and Jadeite

Our customer wanted a ring inlaid with both Lapis and a green material. I showed her a type of green Jadeite which is known as Maw Sit Sit and also sometimes called Chloromelanite.

She decided she wanted the green Jadeite to be on either side of the princess cut diamond and the Lapis to be positioned below the Jadeite.

I suggested, instead of inlaying the pieces flat, we make the inlay pieces slightly domed.

Below, you will see photos and description of the cutting process.

A white gold ring before it is inlaid with Lapis and Jadeite.

Empty Ring Mounting

This is the 18 karat white gold ring with the princess cut diamond set in the center.

An arrow telling users to click on the photo to make it larger.

I do some prep-work in the channel to make the edges of the channel sharp so that the inlay will be fit very tightly in the channel and no glue will show between the gold and the inlay.

The ring is now ready to be inlaid.

A pieces of rough green Jadeite and rough blue Lapis.

Step 2

These are the two pieces of rough gem materials which I will be using for the inlay.

The top piece is a beautiful green Jadeite known as Maw Sit Sit .

The lower piece is a top quality Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan.

Both materials are hard to come by in this quality. I bought them from dealers at the Tucson Gem Show.

Denton, the cutter, carving a piece of Jadeite to fit it in the ring.

Step 3

I am using a diamond carving tool to carve the Jadeite to fit tightly into the channel of the ring.

It is often necessary to insert the carved piece into the channel and re-carve and insert over 100 times in order to get the shape and fit just right.

Shows the ring with the Jadeite glued in place and the unfinished Lapis pieces.

Step 4

You can now see the Jadeite inlays have been glued into place.

I made polished bevels where the Jadeite slopes to meet the diamond.

I left nice straight edges on Jadeite where it will join with the Lapis. Then they are Epoxied into place.

You can see that the Lapis pieces have also been fit and the tops need to be domed slightly and given a high polish.

A top view of the finished ring.

Finished inlaid ring

This is the view of the ring from the top.

A side view of the finished ring with Lapis and Jadeite.

Side view of the finished ring

Notice the nice look of the slightly domed inlays.

We can do everything from simple inlays to complex inlay designs.

See more examples of Inlays we have done on the menu at the left of this page.

Thanks for looking!


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Denton Anderson,
Gemologist & Gem Cutter
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Photo of Denton the gem cutter.

Graduate Gemologist, GIA, GG
Over 20 years of experience.