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Unique Handcrafted Wedding Ring-Learn about Wabi Sabi

We usually think of engagement and wedding rings as highly polished gold or platinum and faceted gemstones and diamonds. Everything is shiny and detailed to perfection.
However, the world we live in is not all shiny, polished and perfect. In everyday life, things are not glittery or smooth, but rich with textures, colors and shapes that actually reveal the imperfections that surround us. But, we accept these imperfections as life lived and enjoyed to the fullest.
The understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of life "as intended" can also be called wabi-sabi, a Japanese term that celebrates the imperfection and variegation of nature and life as lived daily.
What if a unique wedding could capture this expression? It would not be smooth, polished, faceted and geometric. It would be natural and random, somewhat like the leaves on a pathway or the tumbled pebbles along a shoreline.

Autumn Wabi Sabi

Autumn Wabi Sabi

 

Winter Wabi Sabi and E mix Mokume Gane

Winter Wabi Sabi and E mix Mokume Gane

The above rings are actually called Wabi-Sabi, a reflection of the perfection in imperfection. No two are alike, each application of gold and sterling silver is a somewhat random effort to achieve variegation along with harmony and wholeness. Doesn't this ring remind you of leaves on a path, the look of trees in full color on a New Hampshire mountainside, the washed pebbles along a shoreline? This mastery of technique, form and concept is once again the superior work of George Sawyer, the most inventive designer jeweler in America. It is a privilege to represent his work.
Step back and enjoy the imperfections in your own unique life. Here is an easy to read and fun tutorial of the term Wabi-Sabi by Kate Cartwright. Another worldwide view is presented in this blog by Steve McCurry.
What is your unique? Find it. Design it. Create it with Rings Unique

Hence we stress the question, what is your unique? Find it. Design it. Create it with Rings Unique.

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Gibeon Meteorite Wedding Rings, Cosmic and Beautiful but Finite

For many years, Rings Unique has been privileged to work with artist studios that specialize in rings made with the remains of the Gibeon Meteorite. This Meteorite fell to the earth in pre-historic times in Southwestern Africa in the country now known as Namibia. This meteorite is widely regarded as the top meteorite for jewelry due to its properties and highly intricate crystalline Widmanstatten pattern. Other meteorites exist of course and some have or are being used for jewelry but the Gibeon Meteorite is still the superior material for patterns and beauty.
However, it is a finite material. The supply will slow in the near future due to its rarity and restrictions on exports placed by the Namibian government. So, even if it is available, prices will skyrocket.
Rings Unique has developed many innovations using the Gibeon Meteorite for rings. In addition to lining this unique material in precious metals such as gold and platinum, we have also adopted non-precious metals such as Titanium, Cobalt Chrome, Black Zirconium and even our specialty--Damascus stainless steel as the lining and edges. This unique version came about because a gentleman could not decide between Meteorite and Damascus so we used both. It is a rare and stunning ring and a Rings Unique innovation.

Meteorite Center lined in Damascus stainless steel.

The first Meteorite Center lined in Damascus stainless steel.

Top ring 7mm lined in Cobalt Chrome, bottom ring 8mm lined in Damascus stainless steel.

Top ring 7mm lined in Cobalt Chrome, bottom ring 8mm lined in Damascus stainless steel.

 

Often the most unique innovations result from an idea from the customer which we create into reality. See more Meteorite rings on our Pinterest pages here.

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What is your idea of a unique diamond engagement ring?

We have become trained from years of unrelenting Madison Avenue advertising to think of an engagement ring as a prong set round or square (princess cut) diamond set high in prongs on a ring with or without tiny diamonds in the shank. Today's look also includes a single or double halo of diamonds surrounding the center diamond. And, if this is what you want, we can design a fabulous ring for you.

I must also confess, the engagement ring for my wife was a high set 6-prong engagement ring as well, about 1.00ct. diamond. Even though this ring was presented (and accepted) over 40 years ago, the overall look remains about the same today.

But, does it really have to? What have we learned about unique engagement rings since?

The most important thing today in 2014 is that genuine creativity for engagement rings does flourish throughout America so a woman can find, design and wear a truly unique engagement ring that defines her own style and personality, is a show stopper when seen by others and is the envy of her circle of friends and colleagues because her fiance took the time and had the imagination to seriously search for a design that was uncommon and unusual...unique just like his fiancee.

We are privileged to help couples find and create the perfect engagement ring that separates unique from common, becomes an heirloom to be treasured for a lifetime.

Recently, local couple, Meredith and Serge, had the vision to create a unique engagement ring. She is a professional woman and he a professor. What a fabulous couple!

Meredith and Serge

Meredith and Serge

Inspired by the unique rings in our cases, we proceeded to custom make a two-tone-yellow and rose gold-engagement ring with a large triangle diamond. Her snug fit wedding ring in white gold added the third color of gold to her bridal set. How fantastic!

Triangle Diamond Two-tone Engagement Ring

Triangle Diamond Two-tone Engagement Ring

At Rings Unique, we hope the designs and options inspire you to imagine your own perfect engagement ring that defines who you are and what you will be most proud of as you undertake your journey together over a lifetime.

What is your unique? Find it. Design it. Create it with Rings Unique.

 

Do you have a diamond you want to use? Count on us to perfectly re-set it in a lovely new design that warms your heart and provides a lasting memory of the donor. Then, maybe you can pass it on later as well to someone else with the same romance and heartfelt love you have for it.
What is your unique? Find it. Design it. Create it with Rings Unique.

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Re-setting an Heirloom Diamond is a Privilege and Honor

We are often asked whether we will set an heirloom or existing diamond in a fresh new design. The answer is a resounding YES. Not only is this a specialty of ours, we consider it a privilege and honor to be asked to do so. This is giving new life to an eternal stone, providing pleasure to a new generation and preserving the memory of the donor. Often these are diamonds from a mother or grandmother. It is so rewarding to help with these very special diamonds, it is truly priceless.

Because we work with independent designers in their own studios, your treasured diamond will be handled only by our trustworthy artists, not by many hands in a large factory. This assures careful attention to your diamond and precise setting in the new design you have chosen.

If your existing diamond is in a setting, we will carefully remove it for the new design. We usually recommend putting an inexpensive alternative stone such as a topaz or sapphire in the donor setting so the ring will still be wearable for you or someone else.

Meet Kathleen, a composer. Kathleen asked us to set Jason's Great Grandmother’s diamond. It was very lovely and in excellent condition for such an old mine cut diamond. She selected the Infinity design in 14k rose gold for her new bridal set.

Kathy

Kathleen's new Bridal Set

Kathleen's new Bridal Set

Here is her comment:
Dear Tom,
The rings turned out beautifully!! I am extremely pleased with them! The rose gold really works well with this diamond, and gives it extra fire!
Thank you so very much!! Jason loves the setting, too! Please let your artisan jewelers know how happy I am with their work...absolutely exquisite!!
Thanks, again...
Best,

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Unique Engagement Ring, Simple is often Better!

Not all unique engagement rings for women need to be surrounded by diamonds or have diamonds on the shank, or have any modifications whatsoever.
Sometimes, less is more, just show off the center diamond in a plain white gold bezel on a band.
This was the case recently when we set a beautiful 1.00ct. diamond in a white gold ring....simple, organic, timeless and perfect.

1,00ct. diamond set in 14k white gold-

1,00ct. diamond set in 14k white gold-Simplicity is Elegance


This lovely engagement ring will be paired later with a Meteorite wedding ring for the fiancee, also lined in white gold. The fiance will also have a Meteorite wedding ring. Hence, matching meteorite rings for the couple.
Here, we have the best of both worlds, the riches of the earth--gold and diamonds--combined with cosmic treasures from the heavens.
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Unique Wedding Rings for Men--Classic Styles but Details add Character

With so much emphasis on seriously unique wedding rings for men on this website, it is also helpful to offer variations on classic wedding ring styles. The majority of men still just want a flat or rounded wedding band, 5mm to 8mm wide, comfort fit of course, not too flashy but certainly professional.
Well good news, we do offer Classic Designs in platinum or any color of gold...simple, traditional, historic and universal.
There are ways to enhance this classic look with different finishes such as hammering, satining, texturing and a few other techniques.

Unique textures on a classic wedding ring for a man

Unique textures on a classic wedding ring for a man

Beware, however, not all of the enhanced finishes last. My own original wedding ring purchased over 40 years ago, a simple 6mm rounded band in white gold, had a satin finish initially which lasted for about 6 months. Then because of daily wear, the satin finish wore off. So, I had it re-satined. That too did not last. By then I had learned that what is satined will inevitably become polished with daily wear.
But, this is no problem, it is your life on your ring. Wedding rings with the character of your life lived are always the best, no worries about keeping it pristine.
What is your unique? Find it. Design it. Create it with www.RingsUnique.com

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Using Computer Aided Design to Create a Custom Engagement Ring

Unique engagement rings for a woman become even more personal when they are designed exactly as the fiancee wishes.
Recently, we had the privilege of assisting a local couple view and design an engagement ring on our new Stuller Counter Sketch program then see it become real with the process of casting, setting the center stone and finishing all the details.
What an experience! Corrina viewed many designs on the program and selected one she really liked. The original had a wider shank for a pear shaped diamond. First, we narrowed shank, then used a round brilliant diamond at about 0.80ct.
There are two photos, first the CAD design followed by the engagement ring in real life.

CAD Art Deco Design

Unique Ring CAD Design

Finished Art Deco Ring

Unique Ring Finished

Corrina loves her new ring and it is so her. Such a sweet couple.

With this new capability, it is exciting and fun to offer many ideas to find, design and create your own unique.

Hence we stress the question again, what is your unique? Find it. Design it. Create it with Rings Unique.

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Unique Man's Wedding Ring--The Best of Both Worlds, Meteorite and Damascus Steel

Unique wedding rings for a man with today's new alternative metals are a fabulous development, especially when the material is the Gibeon Meteorite, a 4.5 billion iron ore cosmic material discovered in Africa about 30,000 years ago. Supplies of this unique meteorite are dwindling and someday it will be unavailable as the material is finite. But it is the best look for rings due to its intricate crystalline pattern.

Gibeon Meteorite lined in Damascus Stainless Steel

Gibeon Meteorite lined in Damascus Stainless Steel


www.ringsunique.com first developed this stunning version of a Meteorite ring with a Damascus steel lining. Now a guy doesn't have to choose between a Damascus stainless steel ring or a Meteorite ring, he can get the best of both worlds. Combining the two alternate metals becomes a winner for a rugged handsome look.
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Matching Wedding Rings for a Couple, Learn about Mirror Image in Mokume Gane

Unique wedding rings for a couple are magical when they match. They become eternal when they are identical, Mirror Images of each other, cut from the same billet of Mokume Gane. It is always such a privilege to work with couples who desire this very special look because they understand the complexities of making rings in this fashion as well as the art form that results. It is also a privilege to work with the master, George Sawyer, and his remarkable studio in Minneapolis. If you have never seen how these rings are made, take a look at this animation Just click on "View Mokume Process" and follow along.

Mokume Gane Mirror Image Rings

Mokume Gane Mirror Image Rings

Mirror Image rings are sliced from the same billet of Mokume Gane. Visualize this to "Book Matched" wood. Mirrow Image rings can be made in any of 11 mixes of metal offered. Each mix of metals has unique characteristics based on the colors and purities of gold used, 14k or 18k, and the addition of etched sterling silver or copper. The colors in the "C" mix shown above include 14k red, yellow and gray gold as well as sterling silver.

Mirror Image Rings in the "J" mix, gray gold with sterling silver

Mirror Image Rings in the "J" mix, gray gold with sterling silver

Hence we stress the question, what is your unique? Find it. Design it. Create it with Rings Unique.

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Wide Wedding Ring for a Man, Damascus Steel with Gold

With a storefront in Austin, TX called Clarksville Gallery and a nationwide ring website called www.ringsunique.com we have the opportunity to visit with men searching for a wedding ring. Sometimes, a guy's fiancee helps out or is the scout for online searches.
The good news is that today's wedding ring designs for men are miles away from those offered 10 years ago and certainly exciting for those who want a unique ring and one-of-a-kind.

Damascus stainless steel with 2mm stripe of 14k yellow gold

Damascus stainless steel with 2mm stripe of 14k yellow gold


This ring, for example, is folded Damascus stainless steel in a matte finish with a 2mm stripe of 14k yellow gold. Pretty awesome, right? This combines some of the new alternative metals with the historic look of yellow gold.

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