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.
I handmake your rings using gold, palladium, platinum, silver and ethically sourced gemstones. All gold and silver used is either fully recycled or sourced from a single mine gold mine in Mali with an audited chain of custody to ensure an ethical and responsible provenance.
Wedding rings can be a simple straight band, or they can be shaped and decorative. I can incorporate your tastes and ideas to make your perfect ring.
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, 18ct white gold, 18ct yellow and rose gold, 9ct yellow and rose gold, 9ct white gold and sterling silver.
Below are the natural colours of the gold, palladium and platinum you can use. If you'd like your white gold rings rhodium plated after the workshop to match your engagement ring they will look the same colour as platinum.
For more details regarding metals and rhodium plating, see the metal information page.
The profile 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 / cross-section shape of the wedding band can be court (oval), d-shape, flat court, 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.
THICKNESS / WEIGHT
This is the thickness of the metal from the inside to the outside diameter. The thickness is usually matched to the engagement ring for the bride. Medium and heavy weight rings are the most popular. Light weight rings are only suitable for harder metals such as platinum, palladium and 18ct white gold. Extra heavy weight rings are more suitable for larger finger sizes so it doesn't feel uncomfortable between your fingers.
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. There are a few styles of wedding rings shown in the gallery or a bespoke design can be made just for you. Here are a few examples of wedding ring designs:
You can have diamonds or other hard gemstones such as sapphires and rubies set in your wedding ring to accent the ring or match your engagement ring. There are a few styles of wedding rings shown in the gallery or a bespoke design can be made just for you. Here are a few examples of diamond setting:
A shaped wedding ring can be designed to fit around and compliment your engagement ring. The wedding ring can be curved to fit around the engagement ring, or a cut-out can made in a straight wedding ring for the engagement ring to slot into. Here are a few examples of shaped wedding rings:
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 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.
A date, initials or short message can be engraved on the inside of most rings by hand or laser at additional cost. Some designs are too slim or textured making them unsuitable. If you’d like engraving, a suitable width and design can be chosen. You can choose any font, and your own handwriting can even be replicated.
ORDERING YOUR WEDDING RINGS
If you already know the details of the rings you'd like to make, you can fill out this form for a quote.
If you don't know yet, you can schedule a free consultation below to discuss your wedding rings at 4 Minster Street, Salisbury.
If you're not local you can order a free wedding ring sizing kit to be posted to you here and then schedule a follow up chat by Zoom / email below.