Each piece is individually handcrafted by artist Francis Prachthauser. Each piece is formed with simple hand tools under the heat of a 5000 degree flame. After the metal is bent, melted, stretched and flowed, it is polished and lacquered to preserve the luminous quality of the metal.
Francis has been a working bronze sculptor since 1982. His work has appeared in galleries, art shows and renaissance faires as well as his own store at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, and specialty venues like Cirque de Soleil.
"I probably should have done this *LAST* Valentine's Day, but I suppose the one year anniversary is appropriate to talk about such an amazing ring and store!
My boyfriend and I had been talking about getting matching Claddagh rings for a while before I was told, by a friend, about this site. I wanted a band-style, and lo-and-behold, I found this one. Unfortunately, the size only went to 13 for a mens and I needed a size 17. Well, I asked if it was possible to special order one and it was possible! I got the two of them for Valentines Day last year and they were more beautiful then the picture let on.
To this day, a year later, we constantly get compliments on the rings. These rings are worth every penny and will last you many years to come!"by Jaci