You might choose a gold wedding band because you like the timeless look of the gold, you might like the tradition of a gold wedding band or you might be choosing a band so that it compliments your spouse’s wedding band. There are a number of different precious metals to choose from and they all have their own unique qualities.
I make bands in 9ct and 18ct yellow, white and rose gold; platinum and palladium. You can mix these metals too to make beautiful two-toned bands, this is a simple way of adding some unique detail to the band while keeping things simple.
The most important consideration is to choose something that you will be comfortable wearing.
There are a few deciding factors for this – shape, size and metal choice.
Also consider if you will be able to wear your ring to work or not, and how hard wearing you might be on it.
I have many samples for you to try on, and images to help you to come to the right decision on a wedding band. Come along with an open mind, you might be surprised by what suits you when you try it on.
When choosing an alternative material, keep in mind ring sizing (once made).
Other than tantalum, they are all very restricted in being able to be resized once they are made. So many men have never worn a ring before and find it very strange the first time they try one on. But trust me, you get used to wearing a wedding band very quickly, and you’ll soon want to have it with you always!
Engraving is a versatile way of adding detail to the outside, or inside of your wedding band. You can have patterns, text, handwriting and fingerprints laser engraved on the band. Patterns can be geometric, Celtic-inspired, textures and even something like motorbike tyres can offer inspiration for a pattern.
Ogham or roman numerals are a subtle and decorative way of personalising the band for adding initials/names or the date.
One of the most popular ways to personalise a wedding band is to add your spouse’s fingerprint to the inside or outside of the band. I have a special kit in the workshop to take a fingerprint, but if you can’t make it, I can post it to you with instructions.
The Process – FAQ’s
You can call or email me to request an appointment and possibly explain a little bit of what you are looking for.
Of course you can. I have lots of samples, and if I don’t have something, it can be made
Allow about 8 weeks for the ring to be made
Yes I do, I can meet you in my workshop in Skibbereen and I meet customers in Cork city too.
Yes I offer all bands to be engraved with the inscription of choice, usually the date and/or name or initials, but if you have a special message you would like to have engraved that can be arranged as long as it fits. There is no extra charge for this, it’s all part of the service. If you are looking for more than that, see here
Its hard to say as it is all dependant on the fingersize, width of band and materials, but I will be able to give you a price once we have discussed these details.
She was so helpful throughout the entire process. We loved working with her – she has such a great personality and an amazing design eye. Can’t recommend her highly enough!! I’ll definitely be back for more pieces in the future xxx
A pleasure to deal with
Aoife is a real master at her craft; we really enjoyed the whole process and were delighted with the results.
We really enjoyed the process
She very skilfully and tastefully steered us towards designs which suited us and incorporated the very special and personal family rings we asked her to use.
Aww I love the ring so much Aoife! Thanks a million! …”I just love the shape and design so much, and would highly recommend you”…
“I began my jewellery career in Holland and have been based in Skibbereen since 2005, having worked in jewellery making and design in Dublin and Glasgow. This exposure to different design cultures has helped shape my design aesthetic.”