Wedding ring workshops
You can make your own wedding rings for a truly personal and memorable experience. You will be guided and supported through every stage of making your own rings to guarantee they will look amazing at the end of the day.
In the morning you will make a pair of practise rings in sterling silver so you can learn to cut, shape and solder your rings before making the real wedding rings. Your practise silver rings will be made the same size as your wedding rings, so you can keep them as a reserve pair - perfect for holidays, travelling and situations where you want to protect your wedding rings. This gives you a chance to familiarise yourselves will all the tools and processes before making your forever rings.
Then you will put your new skills to work and start making your wedding rings. After lunch you will file, sand and polish until you have a perfect professional looking ring. The following day your rings will be sent off to be assayed and hallmarked at the London Assay Office. Your rings will then be presented to you in a lovely ring box, ready for your big day.
You don’t need any previous experience to be able to make your own beautiful wedding rings. All the rings shown on this page were made by couples with no previous experience. A simple plain band can be made in a day by a complete beginner. A day class runs from 9:30 – 4:00, and can be booked on a day to suit you (weekends available). If you would like to make something more unusual or ornate, you may need more than one day – get in touch with your ideas.
Before booking your class we will discuss the shape, size and metal of your wedding rings (at my Salisbury studio or by phone/email if you live further away). You can make your rings in sterling silver, 9ct gold or 18ct gold (yellow, white and rose), palladium and platinum. Gold and silver rings can be made up to 10mm wide, palladium rings can be made up to 8mm wide, and platinum rings can be made up to 4mm wide. There are a wide range of shapes and finishes to choose from. There's some information on these options here. I will then book your class and order all the materials needed. I take photographs throughout the day to record your experience, which will be emailed to you after the workshop. These can make a really unique addition to your album.
It costs £200 per couple for exclusive use of the studio on a weekday - this includes your pair of sterling silver rings, and all tools and expertise needed on the day. Saturday workshops are also available for £250 per couple, but please get in touch early as they do get booked up very quickly. In addition to this is the cost of the raw materials for your wedding rings, which varies depending on the metals chosen.
I advise booking the workshop at least one month before your wedding to allow plenty of time for hallmarking and stress-free collection afterwards.
Below are examples of material costs for a 3mm wide heavy weight court ring in a size N.
The finger size, ring weight and profile shape greatly affect the cost of the ring, as does the metal price which changes daily. These prices were calculated in January 2020 (during a spike in palladium and white gold prices).
Please get in touch with the ring sizes you’d be interested in for current material costs.
9ct yellow gold £190. 9ct white gold £210.
18ct yellow gold £505. 18ct white gold £670.
I am also able to melt down and refine gold from sentimental and inherited jewellery for you to use. Depending on the level of refining needed, this usually costs £250.
If you’d like to make your ring even more special, I can arrange additional details to be added after your workshop such as engraving and stone setting.