Unique Bespoke Wedding Rings
Atelier is run by one of the UK's leading jewellery designers and foremost jewellery historian, Vanessa Frisbee.
Her wide range of experience means that she can help you with any design for a unique bespoke wedding ring from contemporary modern style to a ring based on a Roman or Greek design, Georgian, arts and crafts, art deco or post war style in any precious metal.
Why choose a bespoke made wedding ring?
Simple really. In many cases, custom made wedding rings don't cost any more than a mass produced ring bought from a high street jeweller, but we can often give you better quality and, more importantly, this is a ring you will wear all your life - shouldn't it be perfect and original just to you? We believe that you should have EXACTLY what you want when you get engaged and married. Its your celebration of love, make it unique.
Click the pictures above or following links for detals about matching wedding rings, handmade wedding rings, shaped wedding rings, unusual wedding rings, patterned wedding rings; or see our our unique wedding rings gallery, our guide to choosing your unique wedding ring, our introduction to how we design wedding rings and our wedding ring case studies
|You can buy unusual wedding ring designs online from our new website - click the image on the right|
A wedding ring doesn't have to be a traditional band, although if that is what you want you can have that too ! It can be tailored to fit around an engagement ring, made in any metal with any texture, pattern or inscription on it (either by hand or using our state of the art CAD/CAM), it can have gemstones in it and be of any shape or size you desire.
Things to consider when choosing your wedding rings include:
DESIGN: like any ring, a wedding ring will need to fit with your lifestyle and personality, as well as fitting your budget. Like clothes , jewellery is a statement of your personal style. Would you like your wedding ring to be:
- Traditional - a simple band, perhaps flat or D shaped curved
- Modern - unusual, textured, patterned, stone set, asymmetrical, chunky, your own design, etc
- Designed - To fit around an existing engagement ring, or to be designed with the engagement ring, a matching pair or maybe a wedding engagement ring combine
Basically, if you can dream up an idea for a wedding ring no matter how unusual or impossible it might seem, we can make it
Matching Wedding Rings see
examples of our matching wedding rings here
If you'd like matching, his and hers wedding rings that is no problem. We'll work with you to find the right matched rings for both of you - it might be as easy as making you simple complimentary rings in matching metals, or it might be that you'd like something more unique and individual - perhaps engravings that are personal to you, or a texture or pattern you both like. Many couples like the symbolism of using stones in their wedding rings - diamonds are always popular, but if you feel you want a plain band, then its a nice idea to hide a stone on the inside of the ring - a secret that only you and your partner will know about. Whatever you like, we can custom make matching wedding rings or commitment rings perfect for and original to you
Unusual Wedding Rings see
examples of our unusual wedding rings here
Are you looking for something different to the average wedding band? Many people are quite happy to go with a plain gold, or platinum band, and there is nothing wrong with that, but what if you want something more exciting or special? That is where Atelier comes in. We are used to making the usual and the unusual. If you prefer a "standard" shape wedding ring, then there are myriad selection of unusual designs, patterns and textures that we can apply to your ring. Or if you prefer something more personal, then we can make you a wedding band that is as unusual as you like - this could take the form of an engraved quote or motto of your choosing inside or outside your ring, a date, name or anything else you fancy - we've even engraved maps onto rings for couples to commemerate where they met. Or it could be something like our skull weddig rings which we have made, or snake rings, dragons ... we have custom made the most bizarre creations for people some of which you can see if you click the link above
Engagement Wedding Rings - wedding rings which are also enagement rings combined
Some people, for personal reasons, don't want a standard engagement ring. They prefer the wedding ring and engagement ring to be combined into one ring. These can be any design, and we can help with that using our wealth of experience in designing unusual wedding rings. Many have stones, not least of all diamonds, but any other stone you choose can be set into your wedding band (on the outside of the band, or inside if you prefer something more subtle. Whatever your heart desires, we can design for you and make by either hand fabrication or the use of CAD.
Antique Or Vintage Style Wedding Rings - or indeed real Vintage Wedding Rings
As Vanessa, the owner of Atelier, is one of the foremost jewellery historians in the world. She can advise on many antique or vintage wedding ring designs. We also have a selection of vintage wedding rings, just give us a call or email us for details.
Eco Friendly Ethical Wedding Rings
If you are opting for an eco or green wedding, you can consider using either "green" ethical gold or use re-cycled gold.
Patterned Wedding Rings patterned
wedding rings examples
Patterned weddding rings can take many and any form. We've made patterned rings with celtic knot work, Art Nouveau designs, Art Deco designs, patterns based on bird feathers, leaves, ley lines, even arial archeology. We can engrave or emboss any pattern you want, or any text you may want on a ring (inside or out). We can also re-create textures that you might like on your, even those which you think might be impossible. Want a ring that looks like it was made 800 years ago, buried in the ground and recently dug up ? We can do it. Or if you want wave textures, wood textures, rock, hammered, silk or fabric textures then we can do those too. All we ask you to do is provide some idea of where to start and we'll do the rest.
Shaped Wedding Rings To Fit Engagement Rings shaped
wedding rings examples
Wedding bands can be made to fit around your engagement ring, rather than simply sitting beside it at an uncomfortable angle. We are often asked for shaped wedding rings to fit round existing engagement rings or round engagement rings we are designing. Using our computer aided design program, this task has become alot easier. Even if you haven't had your enagagement ring made by us, we can make wedding rings can easily be made to fit exactly round the most complicated engagement rings. You might think this sounds expensive, but it usually works out only a little bit more than buying a similar weight wedding ring from a high street shop. We have alot of experience with designing wedding rings to fit engagement rings, so If this is something you are looking for, give us a call or email us and have a chat about what you would ideally like.
Whilst we are often commissioned to make wedding rings which are best suited to CAD, we also regularly hand forge wedding bands. You can see some examples of our hand crafted wedding rings here - speak to us or email us if you would like something hand forged; generally there are few things we can't do.
METAL: Another important consideration for your choice of wedding ring is metal. Your choice of metal will be down to colour preferance, durability and budget. See our metal guide for the main types of metal used in jewellery, along with come basic facts about them. can produce the ring of your dreams.
Many of our clients come to us when all else has failed - they've tried traditional jewellers, and even looked at jewellers who specialise in unique wedding and engagement ring design and drawn a blank. Why? Most jewellers still rely on hand drawn images to show you how your finished commission will look leaving a bridge between their drawing and your imagination.
Whilst we too can draw designs by hand, our state of the art CAD/CAM (computer aided design /manufacture) technology leaves nothing to your imagination - using our wedding ring design knowledge and expertise we can create, with ease, jewellery that many master goldsmiths would find challenging or impossible - and most importantly, before we've even sat down at the jewellers bench to start work you'll have seen beautiful photographic quality images of your piece which will only be bettered by the real thing.
We were commissioned to produce a custom wedding ring by a lady who did not want a traditional ring, but she did want a gold band - a modern one - you might say she wanted a traditional wedding ring with a twist. She didn't really have a budget, she just knew she wanted something different and unusual which no-one else would have
Following a few rough sketches, we moved to the computer and designed a chunky wedding ring. Then we remembered something she had said about liking an asymmetrical ring in the shop, and we did something you can only do with the computer and twisted the ring in two planes. Fig. 1 below shows the initial result.
We consulted the Client to make sure we were on the right lines - she thought it was amazing! A few days later we were contacted by her husband to be - as they did not have an engagement ring, he asked if we could turn this ring into an engagement wedding ring combined. He wanted to buy her a diamond as a surprise. We showed him some diamonds we had in stock and he settled on a 0.24ct white, VS (very slightly included) round brilliant white diamond. We added this to the design and he was very happy with it. Just to be sure, the surprise was sprung before we started to make the ring - she absolutely adored the new design with the diamond.
We finalised our CAD design and made the ring casting in 18ct yellow gold. The ring was cleaned, set with the diamond and finished at our workshop. As soon as they could, the couple came over to see us to collect the ring, which was absolutley stunning
A couple were looking for a matching pair of wedding rings in silver and they couldn't find anything suitable in any jewellers so they came to us. They wanted a ring that they could have engraved on the upper surface with a Japanese character which you can see in the picture of the rings left
The design for the ring itself was quite simple - it had to be something which would accomodate the engraving and that the clients liked. The lady saw a ring in the shop that she was drawn to. The gent wanted a plain and chunky wedding band.
We would have simply engraved the ring that the lady had seen with her special design, only the ring was far too small and was a one off - it was easier and cheaper to re-make it with the engraving using the CAD program when the gents ring was being designed. So we created a pair of rings that you can see in figure 1 below.
Figure 1 - Computer aided design wedding ring with renders
We finalised our CAD designs and made the rings casting in sterling silver. The rings were cleaned and finished at our workshop. When the couple collected their rings, they were overjoyed with the result
|Patterned Wedding Rings
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|Unusual Wedding Rings
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Top left - Flat hammered wedding rings we make by hand as standard ready to wear in silver and 9ct and 18ct yellow, white and red gold. Bands 2mm, 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm widths in silver, 9ct and18ct gold and platinum.
Top right - D-shaped bands 2.5mm to 12mm wide in silver, 9ct, 18ct white and yellow gold or platinum - shiney, hammered, matt finishes
Bottom - halo rings in round wire and square wire available in 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, and 3mm widths in all precious metals