Rings carved from billiard balls

Eleanor Salazar, a jewelry maker in Maine, fashions beautiful rings from old billiard balls, carving them to size and polishing them to a smooth finish.

These rings are carved from bona fide used billiard balls to fit your finger. I can make yours in sizes 5-10, and can carve it from whichever pool ball in the set strikes your fancy, from 1-15. Just be sure to contact me with your ring size when you order.

Rounded Numbered Rings (via Neatorama)


  1. Cool rings..

    and now I’m off to google some means of obtaining copious amounts of old billiard balls because it’s clearly possible and never occurred to me before. Sounds fun to haves!

  2. $160 is a bit steep for something you can make yourself with a grinder and a drill press and a stolen pool ball. Maybe a rock tumbler too, but you can make those yourself for basically free.

  3. I imagine that “bonafide used billard balls” means that these vintage billiard balls are made with elephant ivory — by not describing them as ivory, the maker can get around the laws forbidding the sale of ivory.

        1.  I’m no expert on the matter — I’m just basing myself on a recent National Geographic article — but I don’t think it would matter since the goal of that rule is to avoid criminalizing people who already owned ivory before the ban. The rules do appear to be less than ideal to really stop ivory poaching and illegal trading though (that was the subject of the article in question).

    1. Just my opinion, but I’d say it’s EXTREMELY unlikely that those tiny balls from toy billiard sets were made from elephant ivory.  Even back in the good old days of wild animal slaughter, a toy set made from real ivory would have been so expensive that only the richest could have afforded one, and this crafter wouldn’t have access to a large enough supply of the balls to make this a viable business proposition.

        1. I guess I was just assuming, based on their roundness, that she was starting with a complete small ball (1 1/8″ diameter is an actual “official” size for a miniature version of pool).  Looking over the other items on the site, though, I guess it’s more likely that she’s cutting out the numbered section of a full-size ball and doing the rounding herself.  

          That just makes it even more obvious that they’re not ivory, though, since the colors go all the way through the material.

  4. Those are pool balls, not billiard balls.  Except they’re tiny.  Did they come from one of those toy pool tables that are still mouldering in every church basement in America?

    1. I believe it has been done, though probably in a setting on a metal ring.  I have a glass eye that someone left as collateral toward a bar tab in my maternal grandmother’s tavern back in the 50s and never bothered to reclaim.  It’s only around 1/4 of a hollow sphere, and doesn’t have enough material to go all the way around anyone’s finger.  I don’t know if its shape is atypical for glass eyes or not.

      Yeah, my Nana ran that kind of bar.

      1. My grandfather participated in a numbers game from his printing shop. Or so they say. He ran that kind of printing shop.

  5. those are bakelite , not ivory.  from a Williams toy pool table.  Mid 40’s to 50’s…   they are about 1 1/4 inch in diamater    Ivory  would be yellowed and showing grain by now

    1.  Another ivory-substitute was nitrocellulose – doesn’t that inspire confidence in stuffing some old billiard ball in a rock tumbler :D

      1. Is that why the pool balls used by the wizards in the Discworld explode? Did real-world pool balls ever explode?

        1.  That’s probably what Pterry was referencing.

          There’s definitely urban legends that they’d explode if used too roughly in a game, but at least Wikipedia can’t find anything to corroborate them (I can’t either with a casual Google). *shrug*

          Celuloid is flammable as blue-blazes so any kind of heavy friction would make me very uncomfortable. Thus concern at eg rock tumblers, grinders, etc.

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