Our Jewelry is made entirely by hand at 22 Degrees Studio in Denver, Co.
Naomi, owner of 22 Degrees and co-founder or RingSpin.me, crafts every piece using no automation, and only traditional and contemporary techniques.
The base band for all of our spinner rings is Sterling Silver 925. Sterling Silver is a mixture of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of an alloy metal, often copper. The metal is alloyed because pure silver is even softer than gold and will oxidize much more quickly.
Wikipedia provides the following bizarre explanation as one of the etymologies of the word "sterling":
Another argument is that the Hanseatic League was the origin for both the origin of its definition and manufacture, and in its name is that the German name for the Baltic is "Ost See", or "East Sea", and from this the Baltic merchants were called "Osterlings", or "Easterlings".
In 1260, Henry III granted them a charter of protection. Because the League's money was not frequently debased like that of England, English traders stipulated to be paid in pounds of the Easterlings, which was contracted to sterling. and land for their Kontor, the Steelyard of London, which by the 1340s was also called "Easterlings Hall", or Esterlingeshalle.
Makes total sense right?
Anyway, there is always more to learn about our rings, so if you have a question: just ask!