One of my most popular commissions are for Birthstone Ring sets. I adore making these as they are always so different, and I just love making something that I know will have such a deep and personal meaning for its wearer. I often get asked the same questions about them so I thought I’d compile a Frequently Asked Questions post just for them. If you have anything you want me to add, leave a note in the comments or contact me to let me know.
What are they?
They are stacking ring sets that have birthstones in them. Most people choose to have the main stone as their birthstones, and the smaller stones to mark the birthstones of other significant people in their life. This can be anyone, from husbands and partners to children and grandchildren, even nieces and nephews or siblings. Basically, they can mark any person or date that is important to you.
Is it one ring?
No, it’s not. Each birthstone is on a separate band but they are designed and made to be worn together, so they do give the impression it’s all one ring as they fit together neatly! If you look closely you’ll see the largest birthstone is on a round band ring and the smaller stones are on a square edged ring. With each set, I throw in a plain Silver band free of charge.
What are they made from?
They are Sterling Silver throughout with natural gemstones. All stones are real and not lab produced or imitation.
How do I order?
How much are they?
As each set is different, it’s hard to give a price here, so I ask you to get in touch for a personalised quote. For reference, all the rings are available on Etsy/Folksy so add them to your basket to get an idea of the maximum. Your personalised price will always be lower as I give a discount for making them as a set and I add in one plain silver band into the set free of charge. Bargain!
What’s my Birthstones??
Simple! Here’s a list:
January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine
April – White Topaz (Diamond is traditional but white topaz is the modern equivalent, still clear and sparkly but without the hefty price tag!)
May – Emerald
June – Moonstone
July – Ruby
August – Peridot
September – Sapphire
October – Opal (though I often use pink and green tourmaline too)
November – Citrine
December – Turquoise
Yuck. I don’t like the birthstone for me/my son/husband etc
Again – no problem! We can tweak it slightly by looking at modern or historical charts to see if we can use something different. Or just use one you like, I won’t tell anyone, promise!
How long do they take to make?
Timescales differ depending on time of year, but usually its 2-3 weeks. I always let you know when you get in touch if it’s going to be longer,which can happen during peak periods like Mother’s Day and Christmas. If it’s for a special occasion, let me know as soon as possible so that I don’t disappoint you – stones often take time to be delivered so the more notice I have the better.
Can I add more at a later date?
Absolutely! Just order the ring through the same venue as the main set (ie Etsy/folksy etc) as it’ll show if you’ve ordered before. I’ll refund the money you would have saved by ordering together so it’s an easy way to build up your collection cost effectively. Leave a note in the comments to remind me you’ve ordered before. (Discount is given any time a set of two rings are ordered – all future rings are given a small discount if ordered afterwards).
Where can I see some more examples of sets you’ve made before.
I try and keep my Facebook page and Instagram updated with as many sets as possible. However, a lot of my sets are surprise gifts so they are not always shared til much later. If you are looking to see a particular combination, it’s worth emailing me and I’ll see what similar ones I’ve made and I’ll give you a sneaky look! Likewise, if you’ve been gifted one, please share a photo on my Facebook page so that I know I can post my pictures of it without ruining the surprise!
I hope I’ve answered all the questions you may have about them, but if I haven’t, get in touch!