About the piece:
The Koi fish is one of the most ubiquitous symbols of fortune and perseverance during adversity. A Koi fish swimming signifies a struggle or fighting against opposition, and is a powerful reminder to never give up. In ancient China these fish were known to attempt swimming upstream in the yellow river, but only a few of them were able to swim past a point called the Dragon’s Gate. Legend has it that the ones who succeeded were rewarded by being turned into dragons.
My Koi fish ring is hand-made from gleaming 940 Argentium silver using techniques dating back to over 6,000 years ago (more info here). The Koi is attached to the band with quite a small surface area, so the fish appears to be swimming up the finger. Each piece is made to order and hand finished by me. Shipping times may vary due to demand. Expect to wait about a week on average. Comes with an Urban Sterling certificate of authenticity in a wax sealed envelope. Please let me know in the comments section of the checkout who you’d like me to address the certificate (if its a gift).
Made to Order:
Do you really want a ring off some dusty shelf in a stock cupboard? I know I don’t. That’s why I ensure all Urban Sterling products are made to order, just for you. Here’s how I run things: when I see that you’ve just placed an order, I immediately notify my casting house in Sydney so they can get your ring started ASAP. Within a week the raw-cast will arrive at my studio, where I’ll start work on it. After I cut, sand, buff, emery, polish, and clean it by hand, it gets placed into a box with your order number in it. I pack the documentation for the piece into an envelope, sign the certificate of authenticity, and wax seal it shut. Then it goes from my studio straight to your home (or nearby post office knowing AusPost). My jewellery is made to reflect your personality and go with you everywhere, so it just wouldn’t feel right keeping it in a plastic bag in a dark cupboard.
I ship all pieces in sustainably sourced, ultra-premium buckram cardboard packaging. Perfect for a an exceptional gift for yourself or someone else. I don’t include a physical invoice with the shipment, so you can simply hand the recipient the entire package for an awesome unboxing experience. Each order comes with:
- Certificate of authenticity, signed by the founder and wax sealed. The exact number of your piece is provided.
- Silver care guide
- Silver polishing cloth
- Business card
- Premium buckram box + gift bag for rings.
- Ring sizer with chain orders.
All US Co. rings are made from 100% sustainably sourced precious metals. I personally guarantee the Argentium silver I use does not cause, support or benefit unlawful conflict, or contribute to human rights abuses or breaches of international law. You can read more about Urban Sterling ethical practices here. As well as on the Argentium website here.
I produce rings using US sizing because it just makes more sense. Please make sure you have the correct size since it is very difficult to resize a ring like this due to the flat face, which can be warped during resizing. I’ve provided some sizing charts here for your convenience. Also note you can order using “Buy now, size later” and I’ll express post you a ring sizer free of charge! Usually this sizer will arrive the next business day. After you’ve found your perfect size, simply DM me on Instagram or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll get it immediately into production.
Every Urban Sterling ring is covered by my lifetime warranty guarantee. Your piece will be free from scratches, chips, tarnish, poor finishing, manufacturing faults and breaks, in other words it’ll be perfect. Note that some of my rings may have very slight distressing incorporated into the design, as is typical for handmade products. I personally make every ring by hand and check them thoroughly so it’s unlikely you’ll ever need this warranty, but it’s there for your peace of mind. Also! If you manage to scratch / chip the ring yourself, I offer a free restoration service in-house.
After your order is placed expect to wait around 1-2 weeks for your ring to arrive as these are all hand crafted and the process takes some time. The ring you receive will be polished 940Argentium Silver.