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!

Monday, August 25, 2014

So Fresh/So Clean/All`* Wood

Check out, in all their glory, the rings we made for NotWedding couple Brian and Ashley. We can't wait to see what super cool foto folks Megan Saul, Booth Photographics, and John Dart captured!

We loved meeting all of the vendors and guests! It was a great cap to a wonderful and productive summer! May autumn go smoothly and nicely for all1

*Well, except for the goldleaf!

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!