Trend Alert: Hammered Metals

Feb 23, 2016

There are plenty of ways to add “pizzazz” to a metal band, such as adding accent stones, stamping, engraving, or finishing. One particularly popular finish is the “hammered metal” look.

So, how is the hammered finish achieved? You guessed it – by using a hammer! In her guest post for us, Tamara McFarland of McFarland Designs demonstrated how she uses a goldsmith’s hammer to apply the hammer marks to a band after it has been soldered and rounded. Different hammers create different facets and textures.

Tamara hammering the desired texture onto a ring

Tamara hammering the desired texture onto a ring

The final product - Engagement Ring, McFarland Designs, $818

The final product – Engagement Ring, McFarland Designs, $818

Below are a few more of our favorite hammered-metal styles, all featuring the sparkle and beauty of moissanite.

Lodestar Ring, lolide, from $1,395

Lodestar Ring, lolide, from $1,395

This striking ring from lolide is a study in facets and angles. From the princess cut moissanite stone to the large hammered facets on the band, the ring sparkles with reflected light from every geometric angle. The contrast between the hammered white gold of the band and the polished yellow gold of the setting adds even more visual interest to this unique piece.

Hammered Wedding Ring, Nodeform, $670

Hammered Wedding Ring, Nodeform, $670

The hammered metal look is quite versatile. Some hammered metal rings have more of a “rustic” appearance, depending on the metal finish and the texture of the hammered facets themselves. Others, like this ring from Nodeform, shine with a perfectly fined polish, creating an industrial, contemporary style.

Rose Cut Engagement Ring, Elizabeth Scott Designs

Rose Cut Engagement Ring, Elizabeth Scott Designs

We love the juxtaposition of old and new in this ring. The center stone is a rose cut, an antique cut that dates to the 1500s!  This antique-style stone cut is the centerpiece of the ring, while the rest of the details couldn’t be more modern. For example, the ring features two different metals (platinum and rose gold) in addition to the very contemporary hammered finish.

Hammered Bar Necklace, Alchemy House Jewellery, $375

Hammered Bar Necklace, Alchemy House Jewellery, $375

Hammered metals are not just for rings. This trendy bar-style necklace by Alchemy House Jewellery features a row of five flush-set moissanite stones, each measuring 1.5mm. At only one inch in length, the bar is delicate enough for easy, everyday wear. The hammered finish adds an edgy touch to the piece.

Wedding Set, Renee Ford Metals, $910

Wedding Set, Renee Ford Metals, $910

Hammered finishes are often thought of as being dramatic, but this wedding ring set shows just how delicate and intricate they can be.  This type of texture is called “micro hammered,” and it produces a soft, dappled look that’s perfect for those who prefer more subtle jewelry styles.

Are you a fan of the hammered metal look? Let us know in the comments section.

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