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The Workshop

The Workshop

The Workshop

We use traditional methods of manufacturing the majority of our Wedding, Engagement and Eternity rings which are handcrafted in Brighton by our in-house jewellers and diamond-setters. Manufacturing all of our rings to order and working closely with our workshops ensures that our customers receive a lower priced ring tailored to their own personal specifications without any compromise on quality. Our workshops prioritise by wedding date and we offer an express manufacture where it is necessary. If you feel that a one-to-one appointment would be more beneficial you can visit our in-house experts who will show you examples from the selection of rings that we hold in our showroom.

Maintaining a focus on traditional manufacturing values over the years means we provide classic high quality precious metal wedding rings which are able to stand the test of time. Combining this with contemporary metals such as Zirconium, Titanium and Tungsten Carbide; we are able to meet customer demands whilst keeping up-to-date with current trends and changes in the wedding industry

Appointments are the perfect opportunity to discuss ideas of designs that are not available on the site, for example shaped to fit rings which are made from scratch specifically to fit around your engagement ring.

Making your Ring

Step 1 - The Blank, Specifications and Sizing

The beginning of your rings journey starts with the blank. A blank is the unfinished ring which is made before any polishing or decorative elements are added; it's made in the required profile, width, depth, metal and finger size that you choose.

We offer sixteen different metals all with their own unique properties, these include traditional options such as Platinum, Yellow Gold and White Gold to more contemporary metals such as Zirconium and Titanium. After the blank has been manufactured our quality control team ensure that it does not show any signs of porosity (tiny air bubbles appearing during the casting process) whilst making sure all the requested measurements and sizing are correct.

At this stage of the journey our workshop will refine and manipulate the blank depending on what is required from the order. If the metal needs re-shaping or altering in any way then the metal is annealed; this process is a heat treatment that increases a materials ductility making it more workable.

Step 2 - Style and Design, Personalisation and the Finish

The second stage of manufacturing your ring is taking account of the style and design of the ring. The options include firstly choosing no decoration at all and going with a traditional and classic plain band - something that has always been extremely popular. Alternatively simple grooves, dots, lines and bevelled edges (an angled part or surface) can be added by our specialist and experienced team. This also includes setting diamonds and cubic zirconia stones (a low-cost and visually similar alternative to a diamond) in the ring - for more information about this please visit our diamond ring buyers guide for helpful tips and advice on what to choose.

Two-metal, celtic, welsh gold and runic wedding rings are a number of other choices you have when considering the style - not forgetting our very own ring designer who creates contemporary moving block and slice rings in-house.

If you are not able to find anything that you like on the site then don't forget about our bespoke service comprised of an experienced team of jewellers and designers. Choosing to create a bespoke item gives you the opportunity to add personal engraving on the inside or outside of the ring, extra shaping to fit around your engagement ring or to suggest a whole new design to us.

Once your ring has been diamond set or any decoration has been added the final finish can be applied - the most popular is a mirror or fine matt finish with more unique designs on offer such as the hammered, stardust or sandblast to choose between. Each finish is applied by using a polishing motor comprised of materials specifically designed to a braise the metal in different ways - the hammered finish is achieved by using a ball-pien hammer evenly around a plain band.

Step 3 - Engraving

The last step of your rings journey is deciding if you would like the ring engraved - there are a few options to consider depending on your taste and the type of ring you have chosen. We are able to fit up to thirty characters on each ring with the option of: hand-engraving, machine-engraving and laser-engraving.

Machine engraving is extremely popular on metals such as Gold, Platinum and Palladium. We can apply three fonts including script, roman and helvetica using this method with no additional time being added to your delivery date.

Hand-engraving will need to be considered if you are purchasing an engagement ring. With much less space than a wedding ring, the engraving will need to fit in between the stone and hallmark. The choice of script and roman font is available by our skilled hand engraver.

Please be aware that metals such as Tungsten, Titanium and Zirconium will need to be laser engraved as they are a considerably harder alloy than others in our collection. Laser engraving will appear darker on some metals like Titanium and Tungsten, whereas on Zirconium the engraving will appear as a lighter grey colour. If you decide to choose laser engraving you also have the option of choosing a bespoke design and ancient runes. Please visit our buyers guide for more information regarding this service.

Post-production

Resizing

We will measure your ring at each stage of production to ensure the size is correct, however customers may decide they need to use our resize service after receiving their ring.  In the United Kingdom ring sizes are specified in alphabetical order D to Z+10 and in Europe it is numbers from 41 to 81 - please bear in mind America also use numbers however they are measured slightly differently with numbers 2 - 17 3/4. A ring stick is used to gauge what size a ring is and works by simply placing the ring on the end and noting where the leading edge of the ring falls - some jewellers may measure the ring slightly differently however we feel this is the most accurate way of measuring.

Re-rhodium Plating

As gold is normally yellow our White Gold rings are rhodium plated to give them the whitest possible finish. Rhodium also serves as protection from wear and tear - please be aware that no metal is impermeable from this. Over time the rhodium protecting your ring will start wearing off -  if you feel that your ring needs re-rhodium plating then please give us a call or contact us via email and we will give you details on how to do this.

*Please note this resizing and re-rhodium plating only applies to rings that have been manufactured in our workshops.

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