Bali is famous for its handcrafted jewelry and has a long history of producing fine quality jewelry pieces at affordable prices. This little island near Indonesia is a popular tourist destination and have rows upon rows of stores selling similar stuff.
We recommend that you shop around and compare the work of different businesses before deciding on who to engage and who you can reliably buy from. A good place to start your research would be via TripAdvisor.com.
Silver is probably the material the Balinese craftsmen are most fond of. This has lead to a wide selection of different Balinese silver jewelries ranging from necklaces, charms, bracelets, earrings, beads, pins and pendants to other antique silver products.
Bali handicrafts are also known for their abilities to combine different materials like gemstones or shells to give the final product a natural appearance.
Gem Stone Shapes Used in Balinese Silver Rings
Sterling Silver Rings are commonly mounted with round, oval, and marquise semi precious gemstone cuts. It is possible to design a sterling silver ring to be mounted with all standard, and free form cuts.
Balinese Sterling Silver Rings Often Use Calibrated Stones
Calibrated Stones are simply stones cut to standard sizes. Among the most common examples are round 5 mm, and 6 mm, stones (a well cut 1 carat round diamond is a little larger than 6 mm, or 1/4 inches across).
Many of the sterling silver rings are set with 6 x 4 mm, or 7 x 5 mm oval stones. The purpose of Calibrated Stones is to permit the manufacture of settings that do not need special alterations to complete the mounting process.
Round stones are commonly used as an individual stones in sizes 4 mm, 5 mm, and 6 mm. Small stones such as 2 mm, and 3 mm often are used in multi stone settings.
Oval stones in sizes 6 mm x 4 mm, and 7 mm x 5 mm are typical center stones. Oval stones are available in much large sizes, but are rarely used in inexpensive sterling silver rings as the weight, and cost of the stone greatly increases as the stones size increases.
Marquise shape stones represent a good value. A 10 mm x 5 mm stones gives a large appearance in proportion to its weight.
I hope this introduction to beaded jewelry and Balinese silver jewelry has given you some insights. Happy shopping!