What to Inscribe On a Wedding Ring?

Starting from the moment he gets down on his knees and asks you to be his partner for life; for better and for worse, in sickness and in health, and what not, tying the knot with your loved one is a beautiful journey all along. On d-day, the biggest, most important elements are the wedding rings, besides of course, the bride and the groom. Couples spend a whole lot of money on getting the most gorgeous rings for their other halves. And hey, what better than having something to take you back to the day every time you look at it? The creative ones of the lot know that engraved rings can add to the experience and be an everlasting emblem of their never-ending love and commitment. Contrary to the common misconception, engravings do not necessarily have to be restricted to being those of names. They can be of numerous things; phrases, expressions, dates or anything the two of you hold dear or special to your relationship.

I am providing you with plenty of ideas for your engraving venture. The ever so beautiful custom of inscribing romantic poetry onto wedding rings began in the courts of medieval Europe, and since these rings are more than just rings, the tradition goes on. Wedding rings can have some of the very optimistic etchings, all referring to love, trust, faith, promises, fidelity and adoration we shower on one’s chosen marriage partner. Here are some of our favorite picks for your wedding ring etchings:

  • Use your first initials – “H&T forever”
  • Use your private nicknames for each other – “Sugarball”, “Mickey”
  • Use the date of your wedding, first date etc.
  • Use your first initials along with the date – “H&T 3/4/2012”
  • Use an excerpt from your wedding vows – “Till death do us part”
  • Use the infinity symbol
  • Use Mr. and Mrs. – “Mr. Sean”, “Mrs. Sean”
  • Vintage wedding rings with short love poems
  • Rotating “Crypto” Wedding Ring
  • Matching Half Heart Promise
  • “Worth the wait”
  • “Truly, madly, deeply”
  • “A perfect fit”
  • “I do!”
  • “I do!” (hers)
  • “Ditto.” (his)
  • “Now and forever”
  • “A fairytale”
  • “For I’d found love” (his)
  • “And love was you.” (hers)
  • “My first and my only”
  • “You and me… against the world”
  • “Always”
  • “Eternity”
  • “Together Forever”
  • “To have and to hold”
  • “The Universe Unfolds”
  • Quotes in other languages – “Je t’aime” (I love you – French), “Il mio cuore e il tuo per sempre (My heart is yours forever — Italian) etc.
  • Quotes in old English – “In thy breast my heart doth rest” etc.
  • Something humorous – “Non-refundable”, “Don’t even think about it!” etc.

So when you’ve got your favorite rings picked out, take a step ahead and get them engraved to make them even more special. Engraving is a great way to personalize your rings for the big day. After all, your wedding ring is the single, most important piece of jewelry you will ever wear.

Brief History of Jewelry

The story of jewelry is as old as human vanity. Even in the earliest times, though scarcely yet in a position to organize his society, man found a pretext for satisfying his narcissism by creating hierarchies which required signs of rank. These badges are usually precious objects or, if of low intrinsic value, objects enriched by the craftsmanship of particularly talented individuals. The value of the materials is relative to the era in which they were used. A necklace made of seashells some twenty thousand years ago, from a particular area is comparable to a necklace of large pearls belonging to an aristocrat of Louis XlV’s time.

Since time began man has felt an instinctive need to adorn himself. Superstition and prejudice, awareness of social position and the desire for secure investment were, and still remain today, the fundamental urges behind man’s desire to emphasise the solemnity and prestige of his person with ornamental symbols.

The earliest evidence of personal ornaments has been found in excavations of the paleolithic era and in some rock paintings of later epochs.

Archaeologists call prehistoric ornaments ‘personal works of art’. Those which were considered precious in their time were works of ivory from mammoth tusks, reindeer antlers and more rarely amber or lignite.

Prehistoric finds made to date vary in time from approximately 40,000 to 10,000 years and covers a geographically from Algerian Sahara, through Spain, France, across Germany and into Sweden and through Russia. A carved band of carved ivory was found at Mezine north of Kiev. Presumably the most important uses for these objects were magical but, nevertheless, many apparently also had a decorative purpose.

The history of the development of jewelry is linked with the most advanced civilizations of the past. Today, thanks to archaeological finds, we can trace the development of the jewelry from the various areas or regions of the earliest cultures known to man. Relics of the distant past are scarce for obvious reasons. The items are relatively small, easily transportable and liable to be damaged or melted down and remade.

The book ‘Jewelry Through The Ages’, by Guido Gregorietti, explores the recorded history of jewelry which goes back 40,000 years to cave and rock paintings which show paleolithic man wearing ornaments of mammoth tusk, reindeer horn, amber and lignite, engraved with anthropmorphic figures or geometric patterns. It delves into the aesthetic sense of jewelers as well as into their extraordinary technical development via experiment, describes the reverence for color, surface and sheen which contributed as much to the finished product as did workmanship.

This article was written and submitted by Ed Carlock. Ed is owner and operator of Jewelry Fashions.fashion. On his site you can view a wide variety of gifts from an easy to navigate categories list. When you find the just right gift, there is a choice you can make of safe payment gateways to insure your information is protected. We are constantly looking for new trends in fashion and accessories.

Finding the Right Custom Jeweler for Your Engagement Ring

Although Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll himself, spent his time singing of such concepts as Heartbreak Hotels, Jailhouse Rocks and Blue Suede Shoes, he did sometimes offer some pearls of wisdom too.

‘Wise men say only fools rush in’, for example. When looking for the right jeweler to help you custom design your engagement ring, it’s advice worth listening to.

Because an engagement ring is one of the most treasured and personal possessions a person may ever own, everything about it has to be perfect. So it figures that taking the time to find the right custom jeweler for your engagement ring is as much a part of the process as the design and creation of it.

Using this time effectively to build a relationship with the person entrusted with custom designing your engagement ring is paramount. Knowing what questions to ask, what subtleties to look out for and what kind of business is most likely to meet your needs is a great place to start.

Ask me anything

The most important considerations for most people who are searching for someone to custom design their engagement ring often fall into two categories: experience and education. This shows in the types of questions that should be asked when meeting with a custom jeweler for the first time.

How long have they been creating custom jewelry? How and where did they first get into it? Where were they trained, and what are they certified in?

Building a relationship on a personal level with a custom jeweler is just as important as the professional aspect. Other questions such as where they went to school and how long they have lived in the area can also help to get to know them better.

Most people like to talk about themselves when asked. If the jeweler is being evasive about any of the above, are they really the right person to custom design your engagement ring?

Reading between the lines

While talking in depth with a custom jeweler will certainly help you to get a measure of what they are all about, taking notice of how their business is presented can give away far more than they may realize.

If a person is to custom design your engagement ring, shouldn’t they already exude a high level of professional pride?

The first thing to check is examples of their previous work. Of course, their portfolio should include what they feel best shows off their capabilities. If it doesn’t blow you away, it may a sign the jeweler isn’t for you. Aside from the jewelry itself, have the product photos been professionally taken? And how is the store itself presented?

If a custom jeweler is happy to allow sub-par elements in their appearance, will they be putting 100% of their energy into custom designing your engagement ring in?

Doing the business

Having taken the decision to custom design your engagement ring in, finding someone who cares as much about the project as you do is important when looking for a jeweler.

Like any bespoke service, that means in most cases a better connection can be made with those working in a smaller business. Employees of larger companies may care more for the bottom line, or of simply boosting their sales for the month.

Finding a small company, with an employee you can form a real bond with and who listens to what you want while guiding you to improve your ideas further, is often the smart way to go. A completely personalized service, working with the same designer from inception to completion, is paramount when custom designing your engagement ring.

The King may no longer be with us, but his wise words live on: only fools rush in.

Take the time to really get to know the person who will custom design your engagement ring by asking the right questions. Take note of the outward appearance of their business, and ensure it’s not too big to offer a personalized service. Doing so will increase the chances of you ending up with a piece of jewelry you can’t help falling in love with

 

Custom Jewelry More Than Just a Round Diamond

Sometimes, and with no indication of when it may or may not happen, a designer absolutely nails it. The result is a timeless design classic that will never be surpassed or look outdated.

The single diamond ring, with a colorless and round stone, belongs in the same bracket. However, despite its obvious beauty, people do like to diversify. For those looking for a unique piece, visiting a custom jeweler means having a personal designer on hand every step of the way.

It also means having access to those who perform gem cutting. With designers and cutters able to create a wider range of pieces than are commonly available, exploring more diverse gemstone options is something that shouldn’t be neglected.

From different cuts to different color diamonds, and even different stones, custom jewelers are constantly producing modern day design classics of their own.

A nice cushion

When looking at different options for gem cutting, those unsure of whether to choose a round or a square stone do have an option somewhere in the middle.

Square or rectangular with rounded corners, cushion cut stones enjoyed their heyday in the Victorian era. Favored by the Queen herself, the style gained popularity among a public who wanted to emulate the look of their monarch.

Cushion gem cutting is often seen on colored diamonds, with the technique causing the light to reflect in certain ways, helping to show off the depth of color the stones possess. The inherently antique look of cushion cut stones combines with the extra sparkle to make them a genuine option for those looking for something different in their custom jewelry.

A question of color

While different styles of gem cutting can be used to produce such wonderful shapes as the cushion cut, the base of most custom jewelry pieces is the type of stone used.

Colorless diamonds, although the most commonly used type in jewelry, are actually rare when compared to most things on Earth. With their naturally colored cousins being even less common though, they are typically more expensive and more sought after.

Of these, fancy yellow is the most often seen shade, with pink and blue examples being even more valuable. For those who can afford them, naturally colored diamonds will make any custom jewelry that extra bit special. When combined with expert gem cutting, a design classic is almost guaranteed.

A sapphire month

If not every diamond has to be colorless, then what of the other gemstones and their commonly accepted shades?

Although sapphires, the birthstone of September, are often thought of as blue, this isn’t always the case. Much like naturally colored diamonds, pink and yellow varieties are can be found. However, one of the rarest and most striking types is a pinky-brown shade known as padparadscha.

As with the common blue varieties, creative gem cutting means padparadscha sapphires can be used in almost any piece. From necklaces and earrings that signify a September birthday to engagement rings for those who want something unique, the stone can be used in many a modern day design classic.

There’s no doubt that the trend for round, colorless diamonds will never go away. And nor should it; custom jewelry that incorporates them is still amongst the most beautiful out there.

For those who wish to diversify, however, there may be more options for crafting your own jewelry design classic than you realize. From stones in unexpected shades to the shapes created by expert gem cutting, the only limits may be your budget and imagination