This selection of photos formed part of a series that was produced for a client wanting a record of their old gold being made into a new ring. The original set are in colour but here I’ve chosen to show them in black and white as I think it helps to give a more timeless feel to the story.


Melting of the old gold.


After milling out, the gold is then annealed.


Shaping and soldering together.


Rounding up.


Filling in preparation for two further bands to be soldered on either side. The ring is to have a white gold centre with yellow gold outer rings.


Soldering together.


A pre-polish before adding a groove ( next photo)


Adding the final detail. The ring was then given a final polish and the white band was rhodium plated.

I hope you like this series, I thought it would be nice to show something a bit different.

All shots were taken on my Fujifilm X10 and processed in Topaz B&W Effects 2 and Lightroom 5.4

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Topaz Detail 50% discount


A new month and a new offer from the good folks at Topaz Labs. This month they are offering 50% off their “Detail” plugin.

As its’ name suggests, Topaz Detail helps to really bring out the shapes and textures in your images but in a way that doesn’t overly enhance noise. Think of it like using the clarity slider in Lightroom, only achieving the effect to an even greater degree. Take a look at the examples below, both are produced from the same RAW file shot on my Fujifilm X10 camera: Both images have had the exact same Lightroom adjustments applied but the left image has also been put through Topaz Detail. There is a good range of built in presets with varying looks that range from soft focus through to harsh punchy detail. In this example I used one of the mid-range presets and I think the results are pretty obvious.

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Both examples at 100% zoom.

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If this is something that you think would benefit your workflow then just follow this link and make sure you enter the code “aprdetail” when you checkout. This offer will be available until the end of April.

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