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Did you take the picture? If so, think about taking it again. Jewelry can be difficult to Photograph because it is so reflective, but it is doable even using just a DSLR and camera mounted speed-light. The trick is to direct the flash at a large sheet of foam board or similar, which is above and behind the jewelry and angled to reflect the light back to the jewelry. The flash needs to be flagged so that no direct light hits the jewelry.
I also placed another piece of foam board this side of the bracelet shot below. This was taken at a lighting workshop I ran several years ago, to demonstrate that you can do this stuff without a lot of expensive gear.
You have a particular issue with the ring in that it has a surface square on to the lens axis, and it looks like you had the camera quite close to the ring making for the large reflection of the front of the lens. Using a long focal length macro lens would get you further away, but another thing to consider is that do not need the entire lens area if stopped well down. I used the arrangement below for a tricky shot of a highly reflective beer 'Growler', but still had an issue with the lens being reflected. I reduced the issue by shooting at F22 and placing a sheet of white paper with a small hole in front of the lens. I still had a ting repair to make, but much easier than without the sheet of paper.
[EDIT] I should probably add that I was unable to use a light tent for the growler as it was so reflective, it was clearly showing the corners of the tent.
If you can't take it again you could try something like this, a bit quick and dirty but hopefully you get the idea:
Mask the back and paint in the gold with a brush - Use Alt-Click to pick up the colour
I added an extra layer to give some luminosity variation
Then unmask the lettering
A few highlights to finish
Can you explain more about about luminosity layer....is it same color just turned to luminosity?
And also how did you do highlights? Just white soft brush with 5% opacity?
Please explain more
I am not sure of the context in which Dave used Luminosity, but if it was to do with Adjustment layers, then setting the blend mode to Luminosity means that a Curves layer, for instance, will only affect brightness, and not colour, as it otherwise tends to do. Highlights are usually made by stroking a path made with the Pen tool, and then blurring the stroke, as below.
This is pure illustration other than the inlaid jeweled section at the front, with the gold texture created with my favourite plugin Alien Skin Eye Candy 7. The hallmarks are obviously completely genuine, and refer to Royal Sheriff gold.
You asked about the luminosity layer.
After painting the back with gold colours sampled from the ring it looked a bit flat. So I put another layer above it and clipped (Alt click the border in the layers panel) it to the painted layer. I set this new layer to luminosity blending mode. Then I just used a soft, low opacity, brush in black and white to add some variation in shading without changing the colour.
Yes the highlights were just a small soft brush with a colour sampled from an existing highlight
I hope that helps