Monday, September 29, 2014

Refreshed Rings

A couple of years ago, a dear client named Abigail came to us with the idea for a ring that was also a proposal. "I love you. Will you marry me?" it would say, along the inside. The ring would be rosewood, and ash, with silver inlays. Ring designed and made, we sent it out into the world. The proposal went swimmingly! We made them bands.

Recently it became clear that the engagement ring needed a refreshed design. We hopped to it! In the image below, you can see the first ring on the right, and the new one on the left. While we were at it, we refinished the bands to their original glory.  (All three "in use" rings are photographed on the euro Lucky Strike box they were sent back to us in!) Peep the "Sailor Jerry" wood burning, classic Seashore's Muse, and a beautiful and very Victorian hair-inlay with rosewood and stainless steel. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Matched Set: Moissanite, Gold, Rosewood, Birch

This matching engagement sense is classic and romantic, with a twist: moissanite, gold, rosewood, and birch. The wood burning says it all: "completely & utterly" "beyond all sense & reason." Swoon! 

This is partnership in a ring set, distilled into handmade beauty. We wish our clients the best! 

Want to make a romantic talisman of your own? Head to the Commission page to get started. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dress Up Like You: Spalted Maple, Walnut & Silver Cufflinks

Getting dressed up is difficult for a lot of people. Maybe we'd rather wear jeans. (Today in the studio, all six of us are.) But maybe, too, the "formal" dress palette can seem limited. What you wear is an expression of who you are, or at the very least, it communicates nonverbally to those around you.

For example: Gustav wears dark framed glasses; Amanda wears bright blue high-tops. Joe wears his favorite thrift store tees. Yolanda wears shirts featuring her favorite bands; Cesar wears a green hat every day. (It's not his favorite hat. His favorite hat was some years ago eaten by an overly rambunctious Victorian bulldog named Malo.)

At Simply Wood Rings, we like to think that we offer alternatives to the usual fare. Most often, it's custom rings, but occasionally we'll make a pendant or a set of earrings. Recently, we got to make a set of cufflinks, made of spalted maple with a walnut inlay and hand-worked fine silver.

Aren't they handsome?

Interested in your own, or something else in your mind's eye?

Head on over to the Contact page, and send us an email! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Indie Wed/Wed Altered Pop Up Event

This Saturday, we're heading to the Indie Wed Pop Up, at super cool space in Humboldt Park - The Living Room - to meet folks and have impromptu design appointments.

Want to get in on the wonderland? Head here to buy a ticket, or email amanda (at) gustavreyes (dot) com to request a free ticket! We've got six to give away, so hop on it! Please include your full name and the number of tickets you need, and make sure to email by the end of Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

See you there!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Breaking News!

This week we're packing up the studio with care, and heading to the northwestern side of Pilsen. We'll be sad to say goodbye to everyone at MANA, but we're so excited to meet our new community at the Midland Building.

Starting today, we'll be able to receive mail at our new location, but will be accepting mail at our current location through early October.

Please send refinishes and materials to 1500 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608.

We'll post pictures as soon as it's camera-ready! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hackberry, Red Jasper & Black Pearl Ring Set

This hackberry, red jasper, and black pearl set is based on the design we initially made for the NotWedding. We think it's classy and contemporary with more than a helping of warmth!

Falling in love? Contact us for more information on your own great set. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Amethyst & Mother of Pearl Wood Ring Set

Hey, pretty rings! This sweet custom set features amethyst and Mother of Pearl in rosewood (left) and walnut (right) rings. 

Head to our Custom page to get started on your own set!