Same sex couples have been making my job great by creating personalized and meaningful wedding rings in my New York workshop since I opened my doors in 2006. Showcased on this page are a few photos of our work in action. For more info on finished rings my LGBTQ customers have made in my jewelry classes, visit the same sex wedding rings page.
Since my gay and lesbian customers have made a wide selection of different wedding rings, this page is a great selection of photos for all customers to get acquainted with what making wedding rings in my workshop entails.
We start with some family jewelry that this couple collected over the years.
Now we’re melting down some gold and pouring an ingot to roll into ring stock
We have to saw out impurities like gemstones before we melt the gold.
Hey! Here’s another couple melting down some gold to make wedding rings.
This woman and her girlfriend made dog tags together. While technically not wedding rings, how cute is that?
The answer is: this cute.
We use mallets to both round and flatten wedding rings as we fabricate them.
After melting gold and pouring an ingot, we roll out ring stock to form into rings.
We laminate two different shades of gold together to make white gold wedding rings with a red gold liner.
We’re laminating three pieces of gold together (from the first photo of family jewelry) to create striped wedding rings.
We bend the metal into a circle and melt solder into the joint to create a ring.
And again, because I love soldering ring joints.
Here I’m in the photo so it looks like I’m teaching people stuff.
Annealing rings not only looks amazing, it makes the metal malleable so that we can form it properly.
We anneal as often as possible because we love fire.
We have a near rainbow of colors coming off the torch as we inlay gold stripes into platinum rings.
Notice the badass tattoo on her arm.
Mokume rings bound before soldering.
Now we’re rounding the wedding rings and checking the sizes.
Sometimes we need to resize a ring. The shield to the left protects the stones from heat so that they don’t crack.
This couple looks like they’re having a great time polishing their rings.
Polishing is the last step in the process of making your own wedding rings.
And we’re done!
Here are the rings they made, with a faint red gold stripe in each and a baby ring!
This couple is showing some pride in their finished wedding rings.
Here’s a close-up of the pride rings.
This delightful couple started planning their wedding on June 24th, 2011 – the day the Marriage Equality Act was passed in New York. The act legalized all marriages beginning July 24th – they were married less than a week later.
These are their wedding rings.
Another couple pleased with their finished rings.
Their finished stripe wedding rings – made from the jewelry shown in the first photo.
We made these from a gold bullion coin his grandfather left him. Also, a huge thanks for redesigning my website.
The white gold wedding rings with 22k red gold liner we made from the bullion coin we’re melting in the 2nd photo.
Platinum rings with red gold and mokume gane inlay.
Red gold rings with baguette and round diamonds.
Platinum rings with a channel wave of sapphires and upside down sapphires from his family. See more finished same sex wedding ring photos.