Monday, August 11, 2014

Nuts About Walnuts

What do all of the following things have in common?

via Wikipedia
via Garden of Eden

They're all made of walnut!

We love the Nuts About You ring for its monomaterial elegance: the wood is walnut, the inlay is crushed walnut. 

Walnut is -- as we 21st century eaters know -- FULL of Omega-3s and healthy fats, protein and a great woody umami taste. It's also known for focus, energy, and strength. Its scientific name -- juglans -- translates to "tree of Jupiter," the Roman god of the sky, (Zeus, for you Greek myth nerdlets out there). It's a plant which unites pragmatic functionality and heroic strength. 

Convinced as we are? Head on over to the shop to get one on your functional, strong little finger. 

Friday, August 08, 2014

"That Cool Ring"

interpretative design sketch by Allison

It's uncommon that we are brought an exact design that doesn't change at all, but when one client came in, he knew exactly what he wanted: a teardrop-shaped cypress ring with an inlay mix of red coral, yellow jade, abalone, mother of pearl, and metal shavings. In components it was so complicated that we just took to calling it "That Cool Ring" as it moved through the production process.

Now that it's done, we see that it is a totally cool ring indeed.

Have a clear image of what you want? Let us know! 

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The 1st Chicago NotWedding Engagement Ring!

We're so excited to be a part of the 1st Chicago NotWedding, "a bridal show in the form of a big fake wedding" for couples planning to say "I Do!" The fab to-do is next Thursday, but the amazing Megan Saul did a Save The Date shoot with Ashley and Brian, the NotWedding already-married couple. (All the photos below are Megan's, save the ring and studio shots.)

The Bread and Butterfly made Ashley's beautiful floral headpiece, and Chykalophia the sweet printed cards below.

And us? We made Ashley's engagement ring!

Here it is up close! The concept for the wedding is "black tie," and so we wanted to design a ring that united a crisp, modern, glamorous look with our warm natural aesthetic. 

For the NotWedding engagement ring, we used salvaged juniper, crushed lava rock, white holly and gold leaf. 

We can't wait for the event, and to show you the wedding bands to match. For more information, check out the NotWedding site.

Like this ring? Want something like it? Head over to the Custom Rings page!

Monday, August 04, 2014

360 Degrees of Awesome

Often we only show you one view of a ring (so many rings, so little time!) but we thought we'd splash into the Photoshop pool to show you the many pretty and different views of the "x" inlay. Such movement! 

Want to know more about how our rings are durable and different? Check out our "About Rings" page. 

top: oak ring trio l: lapis lazuli "x" inlay, center: mother of pearl, right:lapis lazuli
bottom: a 360-degree view of the "x" inlay

Friday, August 01, 2014

Adolescent Peregrine Falcon (?) Sighting!

We're pretty sure this is one our local peregrine falcon couple's kidlets. Always a total pleasure to see nature in industrial Pilsen!

To read more about "our" falcons, head to The Field Museum site!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Prong Setting Super Post

In 1872 Ferdinand J. Herpers patented the prong setting for the Tiffany Company, who had introduced it as the "Tiffany Setting" in 1886.

It is an embrace of a setting, the prongs used in a similar way to how we use the fingers of our hands.

At SWR, we're always amazed at how different one prong-set ring looks from another. Recently, we've moved away from a simple pin-mounted setting. We like to use a prong setting laser-welded to a metal ring inlay. as you'll see below. We find they're stronger that way, and quite striking.

rosewood, garnet, patina'd gold
walnut, client-provided raw diamond (read more about this ring here!)
walnut, topaz
dark bogwood, moissanite, mother of pearl inlay
rosewood, topaz, opal inlay
rosewood and steel, moissanite

Interested in your own prong set wood ring? Get started by filling out our Custom Ring form!

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Sweet Hero of a Ring

rosewood, quartz, malachite

There's something about this ring that reminds us of the magical, the mythical, the fairy tale, the legendary. It's a ring that unlocks, that graces a hero, that signifies unseen strength and depth.

It reminds us of the feeling you get in your chest, the embrace and tension, right before doing good: committing acts of kindness, making other peoples' lives better in some small or large way. It's the enjoyment of humanity and the collective.


Yes, we admit it. We are total and utter Romantic ring nerds. And we're proud.

Want to be a ring nerd? Discover your magic in the shop!