Customize Your Ring with Colored Gemstones July 29 2016
You know you want a unique ring and you're pretty sure that you're interested in a colored gemstone--but where do you go from there? What are your ethical options?
We have a wide range of ethical gemstones to select from, with two newly available options!
Chatham Padaradscha Sapphires
Pink stones have been increasing in popularity in recent years, but many available options aren't hard enough to hold up to daily or near daily wear in a ring setting. We have a wide range of Padparadscha sapphires available to us, ranging from light pinks and peachs to more vivid pinks and fiery orange reds, in a wide range of cuts and sizes to fit our Engagement Ring settings.
Can you tell the difference?
We get a lot questions asking about creating custom engagement rings with morganite, which has a tendency to chip over the course of its lifetime, making less than ideal for setting in a ring. That's why we had Chatham color match a Padparadscha sapphire for us! The stone on the right is Chatham Morganite and the left is our color-matched Chatham Padparadscha Sapphire! It has the same color and look as the Morganite option, but with a resistance to chip and scratching, so there's no need to worry about damaging your ring!
Don't see the color you're looking for? Our Chatham Sapphires are also available in a wide range of colors, shades, and cuts--send us a message or check out more of our available options here! Looking for a natural, ethical sapphire? Take a look at our Montana and Australia round cut options!
These limited edition stones have a very unique look and color! Because of the way that moissanite is grown, its inclusions present as needle-like, which give the grey moissanite a cloudiness similar to black and raw diamonds, making them a great (and ethical) alternative.
As these are a limited edition product, our supply is also limited. Please contact us for availability or for an estimate.
Wedding Ring Profiles / Cross Section April 06 2015
What is a ring profile anyways? A ring profile is also known as a cross section. Here's one way to think about it – imagine that you put a ring on a cutting board, chopped it in half, then looked at the exposed edge. That would be the profile. To make it easier to visualize, we've made these drawings of some common ring profiles.
The comfort fit classic band has a rounded exterior, with a rounded inner edge for a comfort fit. A classic band has a rounded exterior and a flat interior. Classic bands are also sometimes referred to as half-round and low-dome. A comfort fit flat band has a flat exterior and a rounded inner edge. The flat band is flat on the interior and exterior. Flat bands are also sometimes referred to as pipe cut.
Some profiles that Aran uses in her designs that are not as common. Here are some examples of those.
The trapezoid band is the profile used in our 5mm and 6mm cushion cut engagement rings. The low-dome band is used in the Three Stone Engagement Ring and the Octagon Engagement Ring, and is available as a plain band. The exterior of our low-dome band is not as curved as the classic band, and has straight sides. The Edgeless Band has a comfort fit interior and rounded outer edges. The Concrete Bands and the Hand-carved Classic Bands have a similar profile. They have a low-dome exterior and a comfort fit interior, but with a rounded outer edge, so that they have no hard edges.
And here is an illustration explaining the dimensions of a band.
Simple Bands by Aide-Memoire Jewelry August 06 2014
We are adding a new line to Aide-Mémoire Jewelry: Simple Bands. Simple Bands are custom-made to order, and are crafted in the United States with 100% SCS certified recycled metal. Since they are not made in-house, it affords lower prices and faster lead times than our handmade bands--taking just 3-4 weeks from the time of order.
(Note: Our handmade in-house rings will have a lead-time of 8-10 weeks, now through mid/late-November, due to travel and teaching an extensive concentrated Metals workshop at Penland School of Crafts in the Fall.)
Clockwise from top left: 6mm Slim Classic in 10k Yellow Gold (shiny), 6mm Slim Classic in 10k Yellow Gold (brushed), 5mm Hammer
Textured Slim Classic in 10k Yellow Gold (brushed), 5mm Hammer Textured Slim Classic in 10k Yellow Gold (shiny)
• Men's & Women's styles
• 10k, 14k, or 18k Gold (Rose, Yellow or White), Sterling Silver, and 950 Palladium
• Brushed & shiny finish
Simple band will also be available in a variety of styles including:
• Slim Fitting Flat Band
• Comfort Fit Flat Band
• Hammer Textured Flat Band
• Slim Classic Band
• Classic Band
• Comfort Fit Classic Band
• Hammer Textured Classic Band
Custom Made Rings and Sets January 20 2014
In 2013 I had the opportunity to work with a lot of great customers creating bespoke rings. Here are some of the custom rings and wedding band sets that I made in 2013. One of my favorites was a ring for my friend Kristen. Her (now) husband Bob contacted me about a surprise engagement ring, and it was so fun to work on an engagement ring for a friend.
Kristen's Ethical Diamond and Rose Gold Engagement Ring
Engagement ring + Wedding Band
Polka Dot Wedding Band for Ellie and Emily
Then later (post-wedding) Ellie decided to surprise Emily with an engagement ring. It's 14k white gold with an aquamarine.
Another fun one for a friend. This ring was given to my friend KT for Christmas from her 3 year old son. It's 14k yellow gold with a peridot (Perry's birthstone).
14k yellow gold and white sapphire engagement ring and wedding band set for Oliver in Spain.
Who says a wedding band set has to match? Palladium ring for Leigh, and rose gold ring for Nora.
Another mis-matched set.
Then the smallest rings I've made to date were these two in a size 2.5.
I loved this set. Same metal and shape with different textures. I think that is a great way to represent the connection between two unique individuals.
For this one she wanted a ring that looked like it was changing colors from white gold to yellow gold.
These rings are all about the contrast. They have a rounded interior and mostly flat exterior. Then a shiny smooth inside and the textured matte outside.