Choosing Handmade Wedding Bands
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I love rings. If you’ve taken a peek around my website, you may have noticed the rings section is a tad bit more stocked than the others. I make a lot of rings. Whether you’re looking for minimal stacking rings, ethical engagement rings, and/or handmade wedding bands, I want to help you find the perfect ring (s)!
Yes that’s my hand, trying on five rings at once. No, I haven’t gotten a manicure in a long time. I don’t bother much as I’m constantly working with my hands in the studio. Come vacation time I’ll go for it.
I’m trying on five rings at once for a customer who wanted help deciding between the different styles. The store in her area only had one of the styles in stock, and she wasn’t close enough to come in for a studio visit. So I did a little ring photoshoot.
I’ve been making jewelry since high school (read more about how I got started here). I made what I wanted to wear, and pieces for friends and family. One by one my friends all started getting married, and they started asking me to make their wedding rings. I realized quickly that I needed to have more examples of finished pieces to show them, even if we were doing custom wedding bands. I also wanted to be able to offer sustainable jewelry, made with recycled gold and silver. So that’s when I decided to launch my own jewelry line. I started with a small collection of ethical jewelry, 13 pieces, in October of 2013. At this point, I’ve lost count of how many pieces are in the line. I’ve added a lot of different styles of rings, so that hopefully there is something for everyone. I make both mens and womens rings, and they aren’t separated into categories because everyone should be able to wear whatever they want.
There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to rings:
Texture: smooth, lightly hammered, hammered, carved, etc.
Shape: flat, half round, round, hammered flat with softened edges, etc.
Width: 1mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, etc
Thickness: up to 2mm (more than that isn’t all that comfortable)
Material: most rings are available in sterling silver, 14k + 18k yellow, rose, and white gold.
It can be hard to imagine what a ring will look like on your hand. I’m a small business, a really small business. As in, it’s a one woman show over here, with the occasional helping hand from my amazing wife Sonia. So while I can’t offer an at home try on service for wedding rings like a Warby Parker, I can send extra photos, even try on rings for you, and I do it a lot.
So a few weeks ago, when a customer got in touch to tell me she was interested in these rings and needed help narrowing it down, I photographed them all on my hand with an iphone. Her picks:
The Highsmith 3mm - a lightly hammered flat band measuring 1mm thick, shown in 14k rose gold.
The Alcott 3mm - a lightly hammered half round band measuring 1.5mm thick, shown in 14k yellow gold.
The Atalaya 4mm - a carved, irregular half round band measuring 1.4-1.7mm thick, shown in sterling silver.
The Granite 4mm - a rough hammmered flat band with softened edges measuring 1.5mm thick, shown in 14k yellow gold.
The Cerro - a 2.5mm hammered half round band measuring 1.5mm thick, shown in 14k white gold.
I photographed them from straight on and from the side, so that she could see how the different widths, thicknesses, shapes, textures and materials looked together and separately.