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One of the questions that comes up very often is "Where are the ends?", with "Can it come untied?" following closely behind. While I will sometimes lock the ends together permanently (always, in a single strand knot), most of the time they just get smoothed off and tucked into the band, out of sight unless you pull the ring off and look inside. Below are a couple of examples that should make this clear.
Maker's mark, on Peach/Yellow 5x11 As you can see, the ends of the twisted strand are terminated by fusing them with the ends of the solid strand. Note also that the solid strand goes through the knot twice, hence the single strand passing between the two ends. Technically, this method of finishing the knot still leaves open the possibility of untying it, since the ends are only held in by the weave of the knot. I strongly recommend against any such course of action - let's just say that it completely voids the warranty.
Contrast the above with this method, where the ends of each wire are terminated separately and thus left completely independent of the other. The knot is still stable, but there isn't any area large enough for a quality stamp or for my initials. Since each ring is shipped with enough independent documentation to uniquely identify it, though, this should not be a problem. Ends left free on all-twisted platinum and 18K 5x11 ring.

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