ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Custom Jewelry

I ran into something today I think many readers will be interested in. I was driving over to my local gun shop to pickup some ammunition and as usual listening to a conservative radio talk station. When I tuned in The topic turned to the Greek saying Molan Labe.They related how a local designer and master jeweler, who happens to be a strong 2nd amendment supporter, thought up the idea of this line of jewelry displaying the Greek Molan Labe. The jeweler, Michael Oetting, created the rings and dog tags you see here.

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Keep in mind these are works in progress and not the finished product

Shortly after Michael designed these pieces he was talking with a local firearms instructor about his new designs as a way for second amendment supporters to show where they stand. The instructor was impressed with what he heard and saw and ordered a ring for himself and a pendant for his wife. The instructor, Tim Oliver, appeared on the Saturday morning radio show “Gary on Guns”. Gary Nolan, who host the show, and some of the staff ordered pieces of Michaels Molan Labe jewelry after seeing Tims ring there in the studio. Things spread from there and along with the radio coverage things started moving along. Shortly after the phone at Tuckers Fine Jewelry starting ringing and orders starting coming in. That’s how this started with one mans passion for the second amendment and an idea. After hearing the story I detoured to Tucker’s Fine Jewelry to talk with them and get some photos of this new jewelry. After my visit I knew I wanted to pass this story along to our readers.

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What Michael came up with is the pictured ring and dog tag. Of course it has the profile view of the Spartan soldier with Molan Labe in Greek around the edges. You have a choice of the ring, dog tag or a fairly good size coin. They can actually make one to the size you specify.

Now for the prices: The solid silver dog tag is $125. They have three sizes of ring which are small medium and large. The large ring is solid silver as are all of the other sizes. There’s no open back on this one the weight is near ¾ of an ounce of silver on the large ring. The cost of the large Molan Labe ring is $175. The prices decrease depending on the ring size.

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There is always the option of choosing the precious metal of your choice. If you like they can make any of these in gold. They can also give you an estimate over the phone should you want one in gold.

Each ring is made to order by hand. The time frame right now is a few days. They started this about a week ago and orders are really starting to increase. They’ve had several orders from out of state and have no problem with providing service to customers out of the area.

One thing I want to emphasize is the items pictured are still in the process of being made. You get the idea of what they look like from these works in progress.

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I really like these designs as well as the quality. I’m getting the large ring and look forward to wearing it. As I said I thought this would be something readers would be interested in and I wanted to share it with you. Should you decide to call the contact information is listed below. Just tell him you heard about it on TFB!

Contact information:

Tucker’s Fine Jewelry
100 N. Providence Rd.
Columbia, Mo. 65203

573-817-1310
www.tuckersfinejewelry.com





Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • Kuriakos

    Just as an fyi, both omicrons and omegas are transliterated with the same roman character: o. The omega is pronounced like the o in own.

  • Flyingchipmunk

    There’s a guy in florida who makes scar mags under this moniker as well. He’s got some pretty cool t-shirts as well

    http://www.molonlabeindustries.com/

  • Vladimir K

    Entry level ACM engraver that cost ~$500 would cut an excellent picture at silver up to 0.15″ deep, it’s a better choiсe unless you want to have imperfections and noticible signs of hand producton which gives a unique look.

    • M.M.D.C.

      “…unless you want to have imperfections and noticeable signs of hand production which gives a unique look.”

      Yes, I think that’s the idea… that it’s rather spartan in it’s execution.

    • Michael Oetting

      I have a graver max but I wanted the look to be rough so it more simulates the coarseness of the original rock engraving. Note the unevenness of the lettering and the slightly different heights in the background actually are harder to do than a CNC machine would create. I also wanted each one to have an individual hand finished look to them.

      • Thank you for commenting Michael.

        For those that haven’t made the connection Michael is the master jeweler making these pieces.

  • Drapetomanius

    There’s that part of my brain that wants to borrow that Spartan mystique, but then there’s that other half of my brain that remembers they were an army of pederast couples, built on the backs of human chattel in a brutally repressive slave holding society. Kinda kills if for me.

    • MattTX

      That’s why I always preferred the Texian “Come and take it” flag http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Texas_Flag_Come_and_Take_It.svg

    • I understand from some historical writings that Greece had large areas that condemned the practice. Spartas practice was unique in that the relationships weren’t consummated in general.
      Perverse regardless. The Celts, Persians and a heck of a lot more had the same practice in various degrees. It wasn’t until social pressure and later Christianity entered the scene in these countries that widespread condemnation was common.
      Strangely it seems to have been common throughout most of the ancient world.

      • tts

        “Other cultures from the time period did it too” isn’t an effective whitewash for Spartan society.

        The stains of euthanasia, mass enslavement, and pederasty as a means of public education are not washed away by their history of being great at war.

        “They assign to the Helots every shameful task leading to disgrace. For
        they ordained that each one of them must wear a dogskin cap and wrap himself in skins and receive a stipulated number of beatings every year regardless of any wrongdoing, so that they would never forget they were slaves. Moreover, if any exceeded the vigour proper to a slave’s condition, they made death the penalty; and they allotted a punishment to those
        controlling them if they failed to rebuke those who were growing fat”.

        “The helots were invited by a proclamation to pick out those of their
        number who claimed to have most distinguished themselves against the
        enemy, in order that they might receive their freedom; the object being
        to test them, as it was thought that the first to claim their freedom
        would be the most high spirited and the most apt to rebel. As many as
        two thousand were selected accordingly, who crowned themselves and went
        round the temples, rejoicing in their new freedom. The Spartans,
        however, soon afterwards did away with them, and no one ever knew how
        each of them perished.”

        • BHG

          Much better than what today’s Muslim extremists do, right?

          • tts

            Even for the people from that time period who were used to seeing slaves treated terribly the Spartans treatment of slaves was noted as particularly cruel. See the quotes in my earlier post for what “normal” life was like for a Spartan Helot. Given that its safe to say the Spartans were probably as bad or worse than today’s Muslim extremists as far as humane treatment of prisoners/conquered/slaves goes.

    • Nicks87

      Both Xenophon and Plutarch (greek historians) gave evidence to the contrary that pederasty was common in Sparta. Also, the “human chattel” in Sparta (Helots and Perioikoi) actually had more rights than most slaves of the time period. Most Spartan slaves could work/buy their freedom as well and some were even allowed to become citizens.

      So, in the future, do some research before making such bold and inflamatory comments. Instead of just tossing around nonsense and conjecture.

      • Drapetomanius

        Oh, the “you don’t know your history, because I disagree with your position” fallacy. In the future, do some research on ad hominem variants.

        I am aware that there are historically differing opinions on the degree and nature of pederasty in the classical world. We know this. It’s not likely to be settled, ever.

        I am also aware that historians are fallible, and more often than not have political motivations that color the things they write which may not be obvious to later readers. Caveat lector.

        The Helots, according to multiple sources were badly treated even by the standards of the day, up to and including the institutional use of Helots as murder practice. The Helots may have enjoyed some license in some cases, but license is not liberty. I wouldn’t say they had “rights” in the sense that we use the word.

        But thanks for the condescension.

        • I think this subject has had enough, actually more, play that it ever needed. That is ancient Greece and it’s failing in this one area.

          We’re talking about a man’s passion for our second amendment and how that passion gave birth to this idea expressed in fine looking jewelry.

          The social issues of ancient Greece have nothing to do with the real topic and do a disservice to Michael.

          I intended this as a way for those who appreciate fine work to express a very popular Greek saying in the form of jewelry and express support for the 2nd amendment.

          My intent was to put readers interested in this beautiful jewelry to have an opportunity to give them or receive them as gifts around Christmas or for just because you want to.

          Do we really want to give this gentleman the idea that we are that disrespectful of his hard work and talent?

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      I find it hard to judge people who lived 2500 years ago by my own standards. My own religion did not even exist until ~500 years after the battle at Battle of Thermopylae.

      But despite these vast differences in lifestyle and morality, I think may people (myself included) feel a connection to these ancient people for their steadfast no-compromise independence that is summed up in the that powerful Laconic phrase ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ.

    • Even though some deny it the idea the idea behind our form of government came from Greece. With that in mind you can loath parts of a society and admire other parts. No single society has been or ever will be perfect.

    • bbmg

      By the same token, should we discard democracy because of other questionable Athenian values?

    • lemonitis telis

      Ancient Greece is the prime target for defamation by anti Greeks using the homosexuality issue when in the same time is known that the practice was Egyptian in origin and the first documented gay couple was from Egypt. And in the same time the forces behind this defamation launch media campaigns against discrimination and ”support” of the gay community.

      There were very strict laws against pederasty in ancient Greece, people who claim that pederasty was an accepted practice are ignorant. The issue of homosexuality in ancient Greece is exaggerated mostly by homosexual- mostly British 18-19th century- historians who translated the wrong way ancient Greeks words as to mean that had a homosexual meaning. In fact homosexuality as a term was non existent in ancient Greece. Many times is documented that ancient vases who allegedly portrait ”homosexual couples” were in fact a man and a woman/ The alleged ”lesbian” Sappho in fact killed herself jumbing of a cliff in an Ionian island after a man turned her down.
      A good book on the issue is this:

      http://www.scribd.com/doc/103899573/Homosexuality-in-Ancient-Greece-The-Myth-is-Collapsing

  • MrApple

    Nice work.

  • tomaso

    should have it CAD designed. i do all my own wax carving and fab work..but thats for one off custom pieces. mass production of a design is best done with CAD. many CAD shops out their for jewelry . PGR gems and BEST CAST are GTG

    • It hasn’t grown to the point of mass production. They are true custom pieces made to order at this point. This jewelry store specializes in custom jewelry.

    • Michael Oetting

      If I was making these in steel I would CAD them but I want them to have that rough custom look. Also, CAD is good for thousand plus runs. Don’t know if I will do that many. Not cost efficient.

      • tomaso

        Michael, im a custom jeweler (25+yrs)…CAD design will cost you 350.00 from companys i listed with your art work…once you have the casting done to the way you like make a no-shrink mold which is good for about 300 runs injected wax to do lost wax casting…..you will have 5 to 10% lose do to QC but you just recycle the silver. Of the two designs id only do the ring by hand carving ….but for the dog tag defiantly CAD it….(hint hint..thicken the material to 12g .you can put a quote micro engraved along the edge for something truly different in )
        anything more then 5 pieces is mass production for myself, but iv done a few corporate high end pieces in multiples of 10 to 20…all by hand no CAD. that all said chasing QC issues really ruins the bottom dollar.
        Jonathansjewelers.com

  • Esh325

    I always thought it was just plain stupid the way they use “Molon Labe” today.

  • Stacy

    These are true hand made custom pieces. Beautiful and unique. Wonderful piece for the guy in your life who loves his firearms!

  • Suburban

    SInce Mr. Oetting is lurking:
    Can you put up a picture of the small, medium, and large rings along with some coins for scale? I think I probably don’t want a large ring, but it’s hard to judge.

    • The one I photographed is the only one close enough to completion to show right now. He makes them as quickly as possible on demand.
      If you call the contact number they may have some to show you since I was there.

  • Aaron E

    Very nice stuff, although I’d like to see a photo of the coin. Might have to get the dog tag for the key chain!

  • denise johnson

    I am pretty much in love with the ring. It is really
    adorable. But could they make some modification to give it a more feminine
    look?

    SylvaRocks.net

  • Fromthesidelines3

    How is this “firearms not politics”?

    This is a post about pro-2nd amendment jewelry made by a ” a strong 2nd amendment supporter” that the author heard while “as usual listening to a conservative radio talk station”.

    it isn’t about firearms, firearm parts/accessories, firearm industry news, or anything else firearm related.

    What’s next, a post about “from my cold dead hands” bumper stickers?

    Just read the other comments, which are overwhelmingly about politics and philosophical believes, if you doubt this is a political post.