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How To Make Your Own Wedding Ring

How To Make Your Own Wedding Ring

Categories: Wedding Advice For Women

It wouldn’t be a wedding without the exchanging of rings and to many of us women, rings remain one of the most important and sentimental factors of a wedding.  In the modern day, we are all hopeless romantics and the continuous loop of the wedding band is a symbol of eternal love and unity. Marriage for many is a day to ebb back to traditions and we all seek a romance with a fairy-tale ending. It is believed that humans have been wearing wedding bands as long as 4800 years ago in ancient Egypt when sedges and rushes were formed into loops around the finger at wedding ceremonies. In all honesty, there would be very few women content with a river reed around their index nowadays, so we’ve decided to explore how you ladies can design your own wedding band from start to finish. We feel such a personal day should be unique to you in every sense, especially the ring! You don't want to end up with the same wedding band as your best friend Karen, so we've thought of ways you can be different to all your girlfriends. 

The wedding band has become a simple plain band of a precious metal, but it used to be much more elaborate, embellished with beautiful engravings, stones and different types of precious metal. The Church discouraged such rings as they were believed to be worn by pagans who were disbelievers in Christianity. So the bands were considerably simplified to represent a “symbol of the union of hearts.” Nowadays, we can do whatever the hell we want with our wedding bands and no religion or devoutly orthodox believers can stop us, so here’s a few ways to design and make your own.

Workshops

The rings can be much less expensive than you’d pay in the average jeweler, and more importantly, it has appealed to you brides as it’s more romantic and personal than buying mass-produced rings. Firstly, you need to get in contact with whoever is holding your workshop and they’ll explain the process and order in your materials. When you’re there the experts will help you to melt down your gold, mill and shape the rings according to your requirements. Never again will that rhombus-shaped ring finger trouble you! When the metal has cooled you can tart it up a bit – filing, buffing and polishing them to a professional standard. I was a little skeptical about how the outcome prior to me doing this research, I was expecting non-spherical rings that looked somewhat home-made, though the reality is quite the opposite.

Below are a few of the many workshops available, so be sure to check a few out, if none of these are within a convenient distance for you, then there are plenty of others that are not mentioned, they’re only a google away! 

http://www.makeweddingrings.co.uk/gallery

http://www.weddingringworkshop.co.uk/the-experience

http://www.nicolahurst.co.uk/visit-us/

https://www.suelanejewellery.co.uk/pages/make-your-own-wedding-rings

You, of course, have a choice of what metal you want gold, white gold, silver, platinum or palladium are usually what is available. The tutor will encourage you to be exorbitantly romantic and sculpt each other’s rings and many of them encourage photos and videos to be taken throughout the day.  In years to come when marriage is not always blissful, you can look back at these photos and remember how you were both, once, very much excited and eager to be wed.

Many workshops do insist that if you want to have stones set into the band then the tutor must be notified beforehand as the stones may need to be ordered. The average pricing of each material available is subject to the workshop you’re attending and also the price of the metal. Though, here are some average costs, so you and your partner know what to expect.
 

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18ct yellow gold / £85.00 per gram
The average pair of 18ct gold wedding rings weighs approx. 13g

18ct white gold / £85.00 per gram
The average pair of 18ct white gold wedding rings weighs approx. 13g

platinum (950) / £95.00 per gram
The average pair of platinum wedding rings weighs approx. 15g

palladium (950) / £65.00 per gram
The average pair of palladium wedding rings weighs approx. 11g

9ct yellow/white gold / £55.00 per gram
The average pair of 9ct gold wedding rings weighs approx. 11g

silver (925) / £45.00 per gram
The average pair of silver wedding rings weighs approx. 9g

18ct mixed gold / £90.00 per gram
The average pair of 18ct gold wedding rings weighs approx. 13g

Jewellery School

The jewellery school is pretty much the same format as the workshops, though you have the opportunity to have a dedicated one on one tuition. The process begins with an informal consultation, where you can come along to the studio and meet the jeweller. They will take your ring sizes, and show some sample rings to help you decide on your materials and ring shape.  Both workshops and jewellery schools offer a completely new experience (unless you are already a jeweller, or this is a second marraige) and one that may have reviewed as being unforgettable. Below are some jewellery schools...

http://www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk/wedding/make-your-wedding-rings/

http://www.summerhallschoolofjewellery.co.uk/make-your-own-wedding-ring-workshops/

Design your own

There are websites that enable you to design your own engagement rings and also your wedding bands. Such sites allow you to build your rings from scratch. For example, if building an engagement ring, you can choose the cut, quality, and size of the stone. Then choose surrounding stones and the style of the band and finally the precious of metal of your choice, every element to the ring is priced up individually and then you're given a total in your basket. The ring is digitally built before your eyes on the website. It’s actually quite a fun exercise to have a little fun and make the most extravagant ring possible. I made the engagement ring of dreams and my design rivalled many of Hollywood's adorned fingers.

Engraving

Engraving is the cherry on the sundae, the ultimate personalisation and actually a reasonably cheap means of customising your wedding ring. All the jewellers mentioned in this blog offer engraving and costs range across the sites from £15-30. This allows you and your partner to put a smoochy message somewhere on the band to make the entire process sickeningly idyllic.

If you already have your heart set on a wedding band that is purchased from a shop, then there are plenty of jewellers that will engrave it and it is never too late to get it done!