- 2 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
FI and I did a cool thing this weekend past and got a lot of great feedback about it, so I thought you guys might be interested as well!
For wedding bands, I told my FI I’d take care of them since he took care of getting my engagement ring. He and I decided together on plain gold bands with an etched design on the outside of the band and an etched message on the inside.
I shopped around for awhile and didn’t find anything I liked, so then I started shopping for a jeweler who could do a custom design. I ended up contacting a woman jewelry designer in Seattle and asking for a quote. When she replied with something very reasonable (less than $1000 for both rings together, 14k gold), she also asked if we’d like to come in to her studio and make the rings with her. I guess this jeweler also offers private studio sessions, where couples come in and work under her supervision and instruction to cast/shape/etc. their own rings! The price for the studio session was about the same as having them custom-designed – I think $100 less, possibly.
I surprised FI with the studio session and it ended up being a great experience. It was really cool and special to be able to make our wedding bands ourselves. The jeweler was really nice, took us out to lunch, poured champagne at the end, and photo-documented. She also made the whole process feel effortless. Neither FI nor I had ever made a ring before, and here we are, pounding very valuable gold, using torches, etc.!! But she was very good at making us not worry about “messing it up” and giving good advice and taking over at times to make sure the rings came out looking great.
Afterward, of course we posted photos on Facebook, and they were a big hit! Everyone thought it was a super special idea, so I felt pretty darn good about myself for setting it up.
So, here are the final products, one size 5.5 high polish gold band and one size 9.5 satin-finish gold band. They are VERY COOL in person.
Also please note: FI and I decided to ask the jeweler to have a professional etcher do the final etching on the ring (my design – I want it to look perfect!), so our final products here look very plain because they haven’t yet been etched. But I saw pics of other rings made by other couples with this jeweler, and most of them are much more elaborate. You can add stones and so on. They still looked great!
I will upload a pic of the final design post-etching sometime in the future.
Last, I didn’t share the name or website of the jeweler I worked with, because I don’t know about Wedding Bee’s spam policy, and I also didn’t ask the jeweler if it was OK. But if you are interested in making your own rings in Seattle, please feel free to PM me!