Creating a Custom Wedding Band
Finding a wedding band that enhances and lives in harmony with your engagement ring is becoming more and more of a priority to engaged couples. The SAM HAM Wedding Collection is all about creating cohesive designs that compliment each other and as a result joining these two important life events together through jewellery.
Many people are now choosing to have their wedding band uniquely designed to suit their engagement ring, for example, people like Karen. Karen came to SAM HAM design with her Peruvian diamond engagement ring. She wanted a band that was sculpted and fit perfectly to her ring. Sam and Karen collaborated on creating a subtle and unique design that would flatter her existing engagement ring.
This project began with Sam making an impression of the ring in a non-toxic clay. This step meant that Sam could easily work on designing the wedding band without separating Karen from her engagement ring for too long.
The impression of the ring provided the perfect dimensions and shape for Sam to base her designs on, she used the impression to make a 3D scan of Karen’s engagement ring.
She then built a CAD model of the wedding band, which was made to flow along the edge of the engagement ring, subtly enhancing the pre-existing band.
Sam then printed a detailed wax model of the wedding band using the latest technology in 3D printing. A technique which slowly builds the model layer by layer and took roughly 3 hours to print this ring.
In a large contrast to the high-tech and modern 3D printing methods Sam then used a technique called ‘lost-wax casting’ (a practice which the Ancient Greeks favoured). This is when molten metal is poured into a mold that has been created by means of a wax model. Once the mold is made, the wax model is melted and drained away. The ring was cast in 18ct white gold.
The ring was then filed and hand polished by Sam in her workshop at the Goldsmith’s Centre in London.
The ring then had to be Hallmarked. The Hallmark acts as a stamp of authenticity, it indicates the type of precious metal and its purity. All of SAM HAM’s jewellery is tested in London’s first assay office in Goldsmith’s Hall, who have been responsible for testing the quality of precious metals since 1478.
Time for the final touches. Fun fact: white gold actually has a slight yellow tinge to it, as a result Karen’s wedding band was plated with rhodium in order to make it brilliant white and box fresh! Sam also re-plated Karen’s engagement ring to freshen up the colour. Sam usually advises that people have their 18ct white gold re-plated every two years in order to keep it bright.
If you are interested in creating your own custom wedding jewellery contact us.
You can now also take a look at SAM HAM’s new Wedding Collection, launching Saturday 12th October.