Recently I had the honor of making a unique engagement and wedding ring set for one of my friends. As it was the first wedding ring set I have been asked to do I was nervous! Wedding rings and engagement rings are special. They are worn much longer than most jewelry and are chosen by the couple to represent their love for one another. Making something worthy of such value is a daunting task. But a task to which I was excited to give my best effort.
My client found the main stone herself, a gorgeous quartz with dumortierite inclusions and I found some teeny tiny pear-shaped malachites that would work as leaves. I was asked make it look like branches and to have the wedding ring wrap around the engagement ring – an idea I absolutely love!
After making several sketches (as I said, I was nervous!) I started to compose the ring’s shape.
After that it was time for the challenge of making the the sterling silver look like bark. After trying a few different tools and textures I settled on some rotary tool carving as the best way to get a deep, organic, texture.
From there it was the challenge of fitting the wedding ring around the engagement ring and placing the branches. The best technique I found for placing the branches was trying on the rings and drawing on my fingers (so professional!).
Next I placed the stones, made three mini bezel settings, carved the ring and set the stones, checking numerous times to make sure the fit was still good.
When both rings were finished there was a satisfying snap when they fit together like a puzzle. What a beautiful idea for a wedding and engagement ring set! I was so happy to hand these rings off and better yet, my friends are happy with them, too. Now I get to look forward to making the groom’s wedding band!