Rings


A few weeks ago, D. and I started looking for wedding bands. With the price of precious metals going through the roof, we decided to go with tungsten carbide. We looked at titanium bands, but they are really lightweight, almost like plastic, and they scratch more easily. Plus, tungsten carbide bands are really durable. C’mon, it’s used in armor-piercing ammunition and for the rotating ball in ballpoint pens. What more could you want?

I read good things about the Trent West TrewTungsten line, and our local jewelry store is an authorized retailer. When we went to the jewelry store, D. really liked the faceted bands. Come to find out the faceted bands he really liked were not TrewTungsten bands. They were actually manufactured by a company overseas. Unfortunately, the jewelry store didn’t have any of the imported bands in stock in my size, and they could not order individual rings.

We searched around on the internet and ended up ordering these two rings from West Coast Jewelry through Amazon.com.

This 7mm band with beveled edges for D.

…and this simple 4mm band for me.

If I like his band more than the simple band, I can return it. The only reason I didn’t order a matching band in my size was because it didn’t come in a smaller millimeter. I was afraid the 7mm would look to bulky on me. The rings should be here around April 14th – April 17th, so I’ll post pictures when they arrive.

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Due to our accelerated wedding schedule, I’ve started the search for our wedding bands. I’d like to have something unique and durable; however, we’re not in a position to pay an arm and a leg for a custom piece.

I like the concept of the Mokume wedding bands available from Steve Midgett at Mokume.com.

Silver and Palladium
Sterling Silver and Palladium

Gold and Platinum
18K Gold and Platinum

As pretty as those are, they are out of our price range and may not fit well with my engagement ring. As shown in this post, my ring has a tall profile off of my hand. Also, the bottom of my ring is squared.
Ring 2

I’ve tried on more delicate, braided bands with my ring, and they get swamped. I tried to explain to a jeweler out in San Francisco that I needed a more substantial band because I was going to wear the wedding band at the base of my finger, closest to my heart. The jeweler scoffed at me and said I should wear my wedding band on the outside of my engagement ring, so I could wear something more delicate (like one of his rings). Guess whose business card I threw away?

We’ve also looked into making our own bands through the Wedding Ring Workshop. It’s still a bit pricey, but we’d be crafting our own rings under the supervision of a professional jeweler. We’d definitely have a one of a kind heirloom after we were finished. How many couples do you know that made their wedding bands?

This weekend, we are going to talk with Dave at Vienna Jewelry about our options. He reset the diamond and polished up my engagement ring several months ago. At the time, he mentioned that he also does custom work. We may also talk with him about purchasing a new center stone for my engagement ring. (Dave pointed out that the diamond was chipped in four places when we brought it to him. The estate jeweler from which we purchased the engagement ring did not point the damage out to us at any time during the purchase of the ring. 😦 We should have asked to look at the ring under magnification, but we didn’t.) Worst case: we’ll have to ask elder members of our families if there are any family wedding bands that they would like to pass down. We want our rings to have some kind of meaning (besides the meaning we will impart to them) instead just picking up some random bands at a big box jewelry store (i.e. Jared: The Galleria of Jewelry).

8-prong
Jana Brevick designs these amazing and unusual wedding rings.

Engagement ring Engagement ring

She doesn’t appear to have a website, but she is represented by Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery.

Binary ring

From greenKarat, “Our computers, like our love, are built upon very simple foundations. In the case of computers, that foundation is binary code.

These sophisticated, yet simple rings bear your personalized message in that computer code.

Binary code is a way of representing numbers using a pair of symbols (such as 1 and 0) in a string. The placement of the symbol in the string determines its value, just like the decimal place of the digits in our normal counting numbers determines their values.
In binary notation:
1 is one
10 is two
11 is three
100 is four, etc.

With 5 digits you can count from 0 to 31, enough to represent all 26 letters of the alphabet with 1=A, 2=B and so on.

On the Binary rings, there are 5 parallel tracks running around the ring, each track representing a digit in the binary lexicon. The track is engraved for 1 and left blank for 0. In this way, the five lines of engraving which progress around the ring spell out, in combination, your personalized message. Whew! Got it?

The message on the ring above reads “A Marriage of Values”. Your message may contain up to 20 characters. Cast in either recycled gold or recycled platinum.