Custom Wedding Rings

by Melissa Scoppa October 25, 2017

Custom Wedding Rings

I'm so excited to finally have the opportunity to share the designs for Chris and Becca. It's been tough keeping it under wraps until the big proposal day but now that the cat is out of the bag we are free to reveal the set of wedding bands and an engagement ring we worked up together.

Throughout the process and brainstorming sessions I got to know them a little bit and I have to say they are such a fun and happy couple that it really made me love what I do all over again. I kept thinking, "Did we just become best friends!?"

 

 

We found talking through inspiration that most ideas presented were inspired by something that was meaningful or symbolic in some way to their relationship. I think that having a good conceptual foundation is a big part of what makes good jewelry and in this case we kept coming back to nature.

The rings were designed to resemble tree branches that are strong and sturdy. The new growth of each branch with the leaves sprouting out are symbolic representations to show that the best is still yet to come/grow for them - a beautiful motto.

Chris was in charge of selecting the perfect stone for the engagement ring and after consulting my suppliers I sourced a few options that I thought would fit the bill. It was a tough choice but we landed on a rough cut 3-carat Blue Sapphire. It is totally unique with a beautiful natural blue hue and organic rough surface texture and we loved the influence of blue being reminiscent of a flowing river. 

Due to the nature of the design, I used the lost wax casting process for the rings. They needed to be like mini sculptures and to do so straight into metal wouldn't have resulted in as good of a finish. To get the grain and the sizing correct they were hand carved from a wax ring block and this allowed me to really carve and sculpt every little detail from the tree bark texture to the veins in the leaves. Once the waxes were complete, they were cast into white gold. Further polishing and finishing was done and the Sapphire was set and secured within the gold.

From the beginning, Chris and Becca expressed some interested in recording the making of it. They asked me to document this process and in doing so it really forced me to capture interesting shots and video footage that I might not have done otherwise. 

We finished up a great proposal video for them as well. If you are interested in having something custom done, I am itching to make another video so please say hi with any ideas!



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Jewelry Sizing Guides

Necklace Sizing Guide

The length of a necklace affects how it looks when you wear it. Always pay attention to necklace length when you’re purchasing jewelry, and be aware of how different necklace lengths look on you.

Most pendants can not be switched to longer or shorter chains on your own and they would need to be sent in to us for the alteration. They are designed so that the pendant does not fall off of the chain and the bail (part that connects the pendant to the chain) is too small to fit over the clasp and end ring.

We suggest that you measure a necklace that you already have and that is the length that you are looking for. Measurements should be taken from end to end including the clasp.

 

Ring Sizing Guide

Method #1

To get the most accurate measurement possible we urge you to get professionally sized at a local jewelry store and it that is not possible, pick up one of our Plastic Ring Sizers available in the shop. This sizer gives a pretty accurate measurement and is essentially free since it comes with a 4$ coupon code for a future ring purchase with us.

We also realize that time is of the essence sometimes and/or maybe you have plenty of rings lying around that fit perfect but just can't remember the size. Therefore we have outlined two possible ways for you to measure your ring size using this handy dandy printable PDF.

Please be sure to follow the instructions and double check measurements with a ruler. Printers can be tricky with sizing.

 

Method #2 - Measure A Ring That Fits

Place your ring over the closest matching sized circle, make sure the inside of the ring fits around the outside of the circle. If you are between sizes, order up.

Method #3 - Measure Your Finger With a Ruler

1 - Get a non-stretchy string or paper about 6" long and 1/4" wide.

2 - Wrap around the base of your finger. It has to fit snug, but not too tight.

3 - Mark the point on the string/paper where it overlaps forming a circle.

4 - Compare the length of the string/paper to the chart. That is your ring size.

*If you are between sizes, order a larger size.

Make sure your finger is at a normal body temperature -- fingers can shrink or expand when cold or hot. If your knuckle is much larger than your finger’s base, take two separate measurements and choose a size in between. You want a ring to fit over your knuckle, but not be too loose or it will shift around.