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, ruby
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.

Yowza!

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! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bob & Monica: Ring Update!

Hey, do you all remember the lovely Monica and Bob, the artist-musician couple we wrote about on the blog a couple months back? 

We finished their rings! And they're gorgeous. 


Bob's ring (bottom) is made of purpleheart, lined wenge. Monica's (standing) is the reverse. As you can see, both the purpleheart and the wenge have a crazy amount of tonal depth. The variance of wood never ceases to amaze us. We guess that's why we dedicate a lot of our lives to it.

Want to make us a ring of a special wood or material in your life? Come get at our Custom Order form! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Shop Visit Photoblog: Matt & Tatiana

Matt and Tatiana thought they'd get the rings all wrapped up and head out but when they tried them on, they didn't want to take them off! We asked them to pose for a few candids, then sent them off in the direction of a favorite neighborhood restaurant. When clients are around, the joy just does not stop!



Their rings are rosewood and mother of pearl. Like the looks of them? Check out the shop.

This is what happened when we asked them to kiss for the camera: 




Ready to make your own wood wedding rings? Head to the Custom Order page!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Sea in a Ring: So Beautiful It's Embarassing

Bogwood, Turquoise, Malachite, Mother of Pearl

This ring puts us in the mind of the summer sea at night, maybe some moonlight passed along the water, and the song "Sea of Love," by Phil Phillips. Particularly the cover by Cat Power. 

Come with me, my love
To the sea, the sea of love
I want to tell you how much I love you

The ocean can feel endless, a circle is endless, life is finite but can be so lovely.

We're getting a little too philosophical, maybe. It can be a problem around here. We're aware. We're working on it. But! Those aren't tears. That's just the shore wind kicking up sand. 

Okay, we're fine now. Promise. Just go watch this ridiculous video (for a very different sea/love song) while we put ourselves together.

Then head to the Ring Shop for your own embarrassingly beautiful adornment. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Guitar + Xylophone = Ring

At a show a few years ago, a gentleman approached Gustav: he had worked for a now-defunct Chicago xylophone factory for years, and had collected out-of-tune rosewood keys throughout his career. He'd never found a real use for them. Now he was clearing out his house and wanted to know, did Gustav want them? Of course the answer was a resounding (ha!) YES. 

We're so proud of this beautiful custom ring, made with that rosewood and a client-supplied guitar string. Check out how well the metallic spring of the string combines with the super-rich and multi-tonal wood. What could be more visually musical?



Want to own your own guitar string ring? Head over to our Custom Orders page to start the show!

Want to reuse the rest of the guitar, too?

Check out this ingenious/melodic home from Fairy Meadows Miniatures!



Perhaps something a bit more pragmatic and everyday?

Everyone needs more shelving! (via Apartment Therapy/Recyclart)


Reusing is all about innovation, and we love that!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Check Us Out on A Practical Wedding!

We love A Practical Wedding. It's a down-to-earth and beautifully designed site to share wedding and commitment ceremonies, get ideas, discover how-to's, and find cool vendors.

Because of this, we couldn't be more pleased to be listed in their Sane Vendors Directory! 


Check us out, and take a look at all the other wonderful vendors they showcase!