Handmade wedding rings
Your wedding ring is probably the most important and sentimental piece of jewellery you will ever purchase. I specialise in creating unique handmade designs in a variety of styles.
Wedding rings can be a simple straight band, or they can be as shaped and decorative as you’d like. I can incorporate your tastes and ideas to make your perfect ring.
A shaped wedding ring can be designed to fit around and compliment your engagement ring, to look like a complete ring when worn together.
The choice of metal for the bride’s wedding ring is usually dictated by her engagement ring. The engagement and wedding rings need to be the same metal and carat, otherwise the harder ring will wear against and damage the softer ring. For example, a 9ct yellow gold ring is harder than 18ct gold, and would grind away the 18ct ring over time.
The groom often chooses the same metal as the bride. But personal and practical preferences vary, and there is nothing to stop the groom from choosing a different metal. For example, if the bride chose 18ct white gold, the groom may choose palladium or platinum instead as they are much harder wearing.
Here is a list of popular precious metals I use to make wedding rings in order of hardness, from hardest to softest: Platinum, palladium, 9ct gold, 18ct gold, sterling silver.
For more details regarding metals, see the metal information page.
The shape of the bride’s wedding ring is usually dictated by her engagement ring again. If the engagement ring has a straight edge it can be worn next to a straight edged wedding ring. If the engagement ring is curved, or the central stone is large, a straight wedding ring will not sit well next to the engagement ring. In this case the wedding ring can be shaped or curved round the engagement ring, or a ‘notch’ can be cut out of a straight wedding ring to allow the two rings to fit together.
The profile shape of the wedding band can be d-shape, court (oval), flat or round.
The width and shape of the wedding rings should be chosen carefully. If the bride would like an eternity ring in the future, enough room has to be left on the finger to accommodate this.If the bride or groom uses their hands a lot, or is very active, a slimmer less restrictive ring is preferable. I can make wedding rings from 2mm to 10mm wide.
Your wedding ring can be a simple traditional design, or you can choose something more unusual and decorative. The ring can have a combination of different textures and finishes to accentuate the design and can also be set with diamonds and gemstones.
The surface of the rings can be smooth or textured, shiny or matt. Some designs will even suit a combination of finishes. A shiny ring will gradually become scratched and less shiny, and a matt finished ring will become shinier due to smalls scratches and dents. This is unavoidable, but adds to the character of the ring. Either finish can be reapplied at a later date.
Here are just a few examples of available finishes and more unusual shapes and designs you can choose from.
All my rings are hallmarked at the London Assay Office. The metal is tested and stamped with the corresponding hallmark. For more information on hallmarks see the hallmark information page.
I can engrave a date, initials or short message on the inside of most rings. Some designs are too slim or textured making them unsuitable. If you’d like engraving, a suitable width and design can be chosen.