We have had several clients lately that has found a ring that they liked but it was in a very inexpensive costume metal. They wanted it made in sterling silver. This post is describing the process for one such client. She brought me in a starfish ring that she had purchased. She wanted sterling silver, but the only thing that she had been able to find in this size of ring was white costume metal. The first thing that we did was create a room temperature vulcanization mold, or RTV mold. This is a silicone mold that is made from the client’s jewelry. It is a process that requires no heat and no pressure. So, it is very safe to make a model of an item that you wish to change or copy in some way. Once the RTV mold is created, we then simply pull a wax model from the RTV mold and cast the ring in sterling silver. We can make it in sterling silver, 10kt, 14kt, 18kt white, yellow, or rose gold as well as platinum. This client wanted sterling silver. Once we cast it in sterling, we then polished the ring and gave it a plating of palladium and rhodium to enhance the finish and to reduce tarnishing. All of this is much more affordable than you might realize. The entire process can take anywhere from 10 to 20 days depending upon the time of year and the back log of work. The finished product was exactly what she wanted.