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Cubic Zirconia History

Cubic Zirconia History

This natural mineral was first discovered in the 19’th century. However the cubic zirconia as we know it as a gemstone doesn’t begin until many years later, during the 1970’s.

Stainless Steel Hex Nut Ring
Stainless Hex Nut Ring With Cubic Zirconia.

Natural Form of Zirconium Oxide

The natural form of cubic zirconia is zirconium oxide, which in itself is a bit yellowish in appearance. It was first discovered in 1892, but the mineral wasn’t considered to be of any value. It wasn’t until sometime in the early 1930s, that interest in the mineral really begun as scientists conducted experiments. During one of these experiments it was found that the mineral didn’t lose its strength when subjected to high heat, making it a refractory material. This was an important discovery and allowed inventors to use zirconium oxide in various applications, such as abrasives for ceramics, metal, and glass. Such as zirconia sanding belts.


Zirconia Sanding Belt
Zirconia Sanding Belt

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Artisan Mint Works

The Artisan Mint story

Thank you for your interest in Artisan Mint Works. Most of the coin rings and jewelry I make are made from recycled materials and circulated coins. Because they are circulated, some may have small nicks, scratches and wear. I will always try to pick the best coins that will make good quality jewelry and rings. However there can sometimes be very minor flaws.

Make sure you have an accurate ring size

If you purchase a coin ring from Artisan Mint Works, please be sure to measure for an accurate ring size. If I make the ring to the size you specify and it does not fit, I will resize it for free. Please keep in mind, I cannot offer refunds as these are custom made to order rings. But I will always do my best to make you happy with your purchase.

Make sure you know your ring size. If you are not sure of the size ring you wear, you should get your ring finger measured at any jewelry store.

I ask for you to keep within the sizes I recommend in the description for each coin. If you are looking at a ring but would like it sized other than what I recommend, contact me first for a quote.

How will your handcrafted ring look?

Depending on the coin and size made. Some bands will either flat, slightly tapered, or rounded on both sides. If you intend to wear your ring on a daily basis, it’s probably best to select a silver or gold coin.

All my jewelry is handcrafted and usually made to order. Only the finest materials are used, mainly pure copper, silver, and stainless steel, and other recycled materials are used in production. However please keep in mind that non silver jewelry made from coins may contain nickle. If you are sensitive to nickle you might wish to go with silver options. I cannot be held liable for any skin reactions.

Prices and ordering from Artisan Mint Works

My prices are fairly consistent. However, some jewelry and coin rings may cost more or less depending on the type of coin, its date and availability. So prices may change at any time.

The jewelry displayed in the Gallery are samples of what yours will look like. All jewelry is custom made to order.

Recycling is important to our environment. Support the cause!

Thank you for buying your handcrafted jewelry from The Artisan Mint Works. Also be sure to check out my Etsy page as well!



Artisan Mint Works