In true fashion, my sister messaged me out the blue to tell me that she and her girlfriend were getting married and that the wedding was booked. She was getting in touch to ask if I could make their wedding rings. Oh and with a month’s notice! I of course said yes, but this was going to be one tight turnaround!
To get the process started, I quickly met with Claire and Emma to discuss their ideas, and to show them a range of samples, giving them some ideas of what was possible, and what I had produced in the past.
After a few minutes of browsing and trying on rings, it was clear that they were drawn to a contemporary rustic style, with a little sparkle, and they decided to go for matching rings. From trying the samples, we made decisions on the shape, surface finish, metal and layout of a scattering of diamonds on each ring.
With the design confirmed I produced a quote for their chosen metal, which was Fairtrade 18ct white gold, with a sprinkle of 5 ethically sourced diamonds in each ring, representing them and their 3 children.
Once confirmed, I got started making the rings. For the scattered diamond eternity ring style I decided to make the band in silver first, in an oval cross-section, giving the comfortable fit and contemporary look they were after. This silver model would then be moulded and used to cast the rings in 18ct Fairtrade white gold. As both their finger sizes where very similar, with just one size separating them, I planned to use the same mould for both rings, adjusting the sizes once cast in gold. This went perfectly to plan, and once in gold and sized to their requirements we met to check the sizes before the diamonds were set.
I finished the surface of the gold with my signature satin polish, adding a rustic, contemporary feel to the overall design.
It was full on to complete this pair of matching 18ct Fairtrade white gold wedding rings, with scattered flush set diamonds, but they were ready just in time. Phew! I have to say the design suits their personalities perfectly and I’m really pleased with how they turned out – I’m thinking of making myself something similar in a stacking ring style.
It was also really great to work in Fairtrade gold again, and with ethically sourced diamonds. And I was really privileged to be asked to make their rings. The wedding was relaxed, full of family and friends, with a big party planned for this summer.
I’m also thrilled to have been sent some beautiful photos from their photographer Davina of Image Bliss.