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Wedding and Eternity Rings

 

Celebrating lifelong lasting commitment with a lifelong lasting ring

 

Wedding bands

A symbol of eternal love, the wedding ring is a very old tradition. The wedding ring is an emblem of love through time and representation of a lifelong agreement between two parties to love and cherish one another. Wedding rings are circular in shape, it has no beginning and no end this makes it a symbol of infinity. It is endless, eternal; just the way love should be.

For many, the wedding ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. Tradition is believed to have derived from the Romans. The wedding ring is worn on the left-hand ring finger because it is believed there is a vein in the finger, referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’ which leads directly to the wearer’s heart.

Eternity Bands

Also known as an infinity ring, an eternity ring is usually compromised with a row of gemstones representing continuous love, given to your partner at a significant event during like relationship (the birth of a child or an important anniversary date).  The style of the eternity has many forms but all carry the same sentiment.  The most common form of the eternity ring is a row of diamonds set continuously around the finger. There are many ways in which these gemstones can be set in an eternity ring, all dictated by preference and of course the lifestyle of the wearer.

Commitment Rings

As the name suggests, promise rings signify that a promise is being made but the meaning of a promise ring differs from couple to couple. Promise rings are widely used as a symbol of commitment. Many couples use the ring as a way to signify a future engagement, others simply wear the ring as a means of reflecting devotion to one another. Many couples also do not want to brand their love in which they feel is an outdated language.

We have had many couples, from the LGBT+ community and younger age ranges, express a desire to cement their special unity with a commitment ring as opposed to a ‘wedding band’ for personal reasons. We at Durham Rose firmly respect that ‘Love is Love’ and it should be celebrated in a way that truly represents your values and embodies you and your partner’s connection.

We would be delighted in assisting you and your loved one to create your truly custom made commitment ring in any iteration you desire. Book your free consultation with one of our Design Team experts today on; indo@durhamrose.com or +44(0)22081440035
“Wedding bands and Eternity rings: Often neglected but deeply symbolic, the wedding band and eternity ring collection are just as important as the engagement ring. Design and customise your commitment rings with us at Durham Rose. ”

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How We Make Our Rings

 

Our promise is that the ring you wear, will be for you and only you.

We at Durham Rose, personally guarantee that the design of your ring will never be repeated. We ensure the uniqueness of your bespoke engagement ring or wedding ring due to bespoke manufacturing process that we use in order to create them.

 

Lost Wax Casting

Once you have agreed on the final design, a skilled technician will use state-of-the-art engineering software to generate a wireframe model of the ring. From this, a 3D printer is then used to create a wax mould ready for the ‘lost wax’ casting process. The technician will then pour your chosen precious metal into the wax mould which will be destroyed in order to extract your ring. This ensures that your specific cast will never be used again, guaranteeing your ring’s true uniqueness.

Once the raw casting has been made it will be polished by hand in preparation for the trained gem-setter to mount your selected gemstone(s). The finished ring is given a final polish and is then quality assessed by a trained Goldsmith to ensure that the ring has been made to the highest possible standard. Once approved, the ring is sent to be hallmarked.

 

Lathe Made Wedding Rings

The production of the wedding band is a well-evolved process which has been innovated over time. The traditional system has been simplified by the use of modern technology. This has made the process a more efficient way of creating simple and classically shaped wedding bands. Starting from a tube made from a continuous casting machine it is possible to achieve the perfect diameter, width and quality for your wedding band.

This is a great process which creates rings quickly and efficiently whilst reducing the amount of waste and the amount of metal required from more traditional systems.  

 

For a full in-depth breakdown of our bespoke manufacturing process, please click here:
“How we make our rings; Durham Rose uses lost wax casting and lathe made rings, all hand finished and expertly crafted. Read more about our process here.”

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Wedding Ring Profiles

 

Love takes many shapes and so does our wedding bands. 

What Is A Ring Profile?

There are several different profiles of wedding bands in which you can opt for. The profile refers to the shape of the interior and exterior of the band. It would be the shape you would see if the ring was viewed as a  cross-section.

The courted shape tends to be our best seller as it is the most comfortable to wear but there are many styles to suit every taste.   

 

Classic Court

This profile is one which resonates as the more traditional. It has a beautiful cushion shapes which means you have a soft curve in the inside of the ring as well as the outside. This makes this profile one of the most comfortable available. These rings are also a popular shape that couples used to create matching sets as it works beautifully in most widths and design styles.

Flat

This profile is the polar opposite of the classic court, delivering on both a flat interior and exterior. The edges of the band create a sharp silhouette which creates a much more modern feel.

D- Shape

This ring has a very similar profile to that of the classic court where the outside is rounded. The difference with this shape is that the interior of the ring is flat which means it sits more flush to the finger. This design is practical and more streamlined which can make it safer for heavily active wearers.  

Flat court

For something which looks modern but with the comfortable interior of a classic court it is becoming a more sought after style of ring. This modern design takes into account the comforts of a streamlines design ensuring less bulk and prominence.

Concave

The concave band is definitely a profile choice for those looking for something truly unique. The exterior adds interest to a simple band with an unusual play on surface area.  The soft curve on the inside makes the band comfortable to wear.

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Engraving and Textures

 

What Is Engraving?

The tradition of inscribing or ‘engraving’ romantic poetry and decoration on to wedding bands began in the courts of medieval Europe in the early 1500’s. As one of the easiest ways to personalise your ring it is a great representation of your love and commitment for each other. Whether it be a meaningful phrase, song lyric or date engraving helps to commemorate special moments and significant information related to you as a couple.

As inscriptions are predominately done on the inside of the band you can inscribe a secret message which is only visible between yourself and your partner. It is a beautiful way to link both rings as a matching pair.

Design Details

The personalisation of a wedding band through decoration is a great way to create a more individual piece. It gives the ring definition and reflects your style and personality.  

From the more refined details as mill grain edges to more intricate elements such as filigree and carved work it creates a big impact on the genre of your ring whether you are trying to create a more contemporary look or want to translate design elements from more antique and vintage styles.

Surface Textures

What Is A ‘Surface Texture’?

A subtle way to enhance the surface of a wedding band is to create a surface treatment which creates interest and texture. There are many variations in texture, each introducing their own unique appeal.

Satin and Brushed

A brushed/satin finish has a matt and textured look. The aptly named finish looks as though it has been treated with the bristles of a brush. You can see tiny brush like marks on the surface. 

 

 

Hammered

 

A hammered finish can lead to an artisan look to any metal surface.  The texture creates a more uneven and dimpled surface. This finish looks great with a matt finish.

Bead blasted

 

The Bead blast finish creates a lightly frosted finish. It is a great surface to opt for if you don’t want a highly polished finish but still want something sleek and smooth.

Ice

 

The Ice surface finish boasts a beautiful matte look which consists of the appearance of being scratched or beaten repeatedly with a thin piece of wire. This texture roughs up the surface of the metal seen in contemporary items of jewellery. This is a great option if you prefer a more modern look.  

Florentine

 

This texture is created from secondary lines made at the same angle in the opposite direction to form a cross hatch design. The angle of the lines are consistent and spaced evenly to form a unique textured ring.

Stone

The stone finish creates a heavier and masculine texture. The rough matt finish is more durable and disguises scratches picked up from everyday wear. This effect creates a stone-like quality very different from the softer sheen of the satin and brushed finishes.
We would be delighted in assisting you and your loved one to create your truly custom made wedding band in any iteration you desire. Book your free consultation with one of our Design Team experts today on; indo@durhamrose.com or +44(0)22081440035
“Engraving and Textures: Personalise your custom made wedding band with our free engraving service. Further customise your personal vision with a surface texture. Find out more from Durham Rose’s design team ”

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How We Make to Measure

 

How Do You Get a ‘Perfect Fit’ Wedding Band?

Finding a wedding band which aligns perfectly with your engagement ring is often a difficult task as many jewellers will not stock bands that fit flush to unique engagement rings. We aim to eliminate this problem by providing our clients with our ‘Perfect Fit Wedding Band Service’. There are two main ways of doing this through the use of a 3D scanner or hand shaping the band to create the perfect fit. The process in which we use for each ring is dependent on the complexity of the design to be made.

3D Scanning

We use a 3D scanner which produces a digital replica of the engagement ring.  This then provides us with the exact measurements allowing us to tailor a wedding band to precise shapes and dimensions. We can then use our software to design a perfectly matching wedding band in line with our clients’ exact designs and vision.  

The 3D scanner works by shining different patterns and intensities of light onto the object which is to be scanned. Specialist software is then used to analyze each measurement of the ring. The bright and shaded areas are projected on the ring in order to create an accurate 3D file.

Once a 3D image of your engagement is rendered a computer generated model of your wedding ring is designed. A Wax prototype of your wedding is then made. Final adjustments are then made by hand to ensure the perfect fit.

 

Hand Shaped Wedding Bands

Our skilled craftsmen also hand shape and contour wedding rings. This process is perfect for a more simple and refined profile. We use a solid band of your chosen precious metal and then hand shape it around the curves of your engagement ring. We can expertly match the profiles, widths and depths to your engagement ring to create the perfect matching companion. Whether you want your wedding band to fit a square, twist, halo, pear-shaped or other engagement ring design, your wedding ring can be cut, shaped and styled to ensure the best possible fit, into or around your engagement ring.

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What Type Of Band Is Right For Me?

Contoured

As engagement rings have become increasingly intricate and embellished it makes it harder to find a wedding ring that fits comfortably alongside. Shaped wedding bands are essential in this instance to create a ring which compliments your engagement ring beautifully. If the center gem protrudes, or if there are natural curves in the engagement ring, the wedding ring will need to be contoured for a perfect match. A contoured wedding band, also called a shadow band, will have a slight curve to accommodate the engagement ring as necessary in order to sit flush. Please keep in mind however this is personal preference as we also find many women aren’t opposed the the small gap between the rings.

 

Straight

A straight band is designed to complement and sit next to the engagement ring. One advantage of a straight band is that it can be worn independently from the engagement ring. A straight band can fit flush against the engagement ring. However, if the engagement ring has a center setting that prevents the band from sitting flush, a gap can be seen between the ring and band.

To discuss how Durham Rose can assist you in creating your ‘perfect fit’ custom designed rings, why not contact us on; indo@durhamrose.com or +44(0)22081440035
“Wedding Bands and Eternity Rings; Made to measure wedding bands and eternity rings handcrafted and hand finished to provide you with the ‘perfect fit’ by Durham Rose”

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Two Two and Inlays

 

What does Two Tone and Inlay Mean?

Inlaid or two-tone bands are an interesting way to have a contrasting colour of precious metals. Inlays can vary from a plating of metal through to a more solid inlay.

A two-tone band provides a subtle relief from the core metal used and can provide a beautiful splash of colour. It is a great way to personalise a band and an emelent of interest. 

If you are contemplating a two-tone wedding ring it can become a distinct canvas upon which design engravings and patterns can resonate. 

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Wedding Band and Eternity Ring Setting Styles

 

The setting of stones into a wedding band is as historic and as traditional as the wedding band itself. Diamond and gem set wedding bands are a great way to add decoration and intricacy. There are many setting styles in which to enhance your wedding band with and each setting style provides their own advantages and unique look.

Channel Setting

The channel setting is a beautiful way to secure smaller stones into the band of a ring.

The setter creates a ‘channel’ formed by two walls of precious metal the stones are then set so that they are sat closely and flush with the band.

As there are no claws in this style of setting it means that it is snag freestyle and achieves a contemporary look whilst achieving ultimate sparkle.

Starting in the 1990s, the channel setting became an increasingly fashionable style in ring design. With the clean, sleek look, channel set rings composed of straight lines and simple, elegant styles. Wider metal borders also have become more admired, due to the beautiful contrast of sparkle and reflective shine.

Micro Claw Setting

The micro claw setting features a streamlined row of diamonds which are set without a metal border. This allows ultimate light reflection and sparkle. This setting style is often used for fine jewellery designs which need to appear delicate rather than metal heavy. There are a few variations of this beautiful setting including fishtail which features a double claw or U and V shaped cut out patterns.

Bar Setting

Setting diamonds separately between vertical bars of metal is another way to set precious stones., it is a great variation on the prong setting. Bar settings are visually similar to that of a channel setting with the difference being that channel settings enclose the diamond on all sides whereas the bar setting leaves two sides of the diamond exposed. This design is clean and contemporary, optimising brilliance and scintillation.

Pave Setting

The pavé setting, pronounced “pa-vay,” comes from the French word “to pave,” as in paved with diamonds. By closely setting small diamonds together with minimal visibility of the tiny metal beads or prongs holding the stones in place, the effect is one of continuous sparkle.

The gems are set individually and held in place by little beads of metal. The beads are either pulled from the existing metal in the setting, or they are soldered on. The end result is a striking and embellished surface area filled with stones.

Bezel Setting

A bezel is a metal band which wraps around a circular diamond to hold it in place. This setting is a beautiful way to frame each individual stone. It results in the diamonds appearing larger and acts as a protection against breakages as the sides of the diamonds are covered. Bezel settings are traditionally a classic style which are certainly making a come back.

A variation of a full bezel setting is a partial bezel which covers half of the stone. This also offers durability and accentuates the diamond.

Invisible setting.

An invisible setting, also known as a gypsy or flush setting, sets the diamond into a tapered drilled hole into the band of the ring so that the ring sits “flush” with the band of the ring. This style of setting is a perfect choice for gents wedding bands as it is a more subtle design of stone setting. The diamond sits securely in the band of the ring and is highly protected from potential damage. The Invisible setting which is freed from the constraints of channel walls and claws allow a more playful scattering of stones which is great in achieving an unstructured design of ring.

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