kate + alan’s wedding bands

14K carved wedding band + emerald band

The premise behind this storybook ring was four elements (earth, water, fire, air). Plus we hid tiny hearts in each scene. Because love! These are the two wedding bands together: Alan’s carved and cast into 14K white gold, and Kate’s 14K with a tiny emerald.

14K carved 4-elements wedding band

I initially did the ring shiny, which alarmed Alan a little bit as I’m guessing he was unused to wearing shiny things on his hand. So then we decided a matte finish would tone down the brightness and also maybe bring out the detail of the carving more.

14K carved 4-elements wedding band

It’s a hard call. I really like the matte, but I also like the shiny. I like it ALL.

More pics & description after the click!

14K carved 4-elements wedding band

First we have ‘earth’ represented by Camel’s Hump mountain in Vermont. In my sketches, I initially went all Denali on them, with a craggy alpine-style multi-ridged+valleyed mountain. Alan, however, decided maybe he’d stick a little closer to home. Living on the west coast surrounded by glaciated volcanoes, I find east coast mountains mightily quaint. (As long as I don’t have to ride my bike up one of them.)

14K carved 4-elements wedding band

The contrasting matte-finish version.

14K carved 4-elements wedding band

At the base of the mountain is a river that flows out into a bay and the ocean (water). (We’re not in Vermont anymore.)

14K carved 4-elements wedding band

14K carved 4-elements wedding band

14K carved 4-elements wedding band

Turbulence in the ocean turns into a spiral galaxy (fire). We’re definitely not in Vermont anymore. I looked up images of the Milky Way and carefully made sketches, then transposed them into the 3D carving with our solar system dutifully located (by a teeny heart!) on the Orion Arm. The milky way, I’m sure, looks very different from all those other galaxies, and my 8mm-tall carving is the spitting image..

14K carved wedding band

14K carved wedding band

From the swirls of the galaxy, we’re back to earth again with stormy clouds (air). I think the clouds looked especially nice in the matte finish.

14K carved 4-elements wedding band

14K carved wedding band + emerald band

Yay!

One Response to “kate + alan’s wedding bands”

  1. pagan says:

    so very cool, where did you get them made?

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