Custom jewellery design is a special way to create a truly one of a kind piece to celebrate meaningful occasions in your life. In this age of disposable mediums and instant gratification it is nice to invest in a process which requires you to really think about what occasion you are commemorating and how to best express yourself.
One of the most interesting aspects of creating custom jewellery is working with clients visions. Sometimes clients help me to think outside of the box and look at things from a different perspective. This allows me to break out of my cycle and helps to expand my own creativity.
Design options are offered to help clients with their end results but unique suggestions are always appreciated. Being trained as a classical goldsmith give me lots of tools to work with in order to achieve clients visions.
I like to think of Soundwave Jewellery as a collaboration between me and the client. After all without your voice there would be no sound wave to work with!
The beauty in custom jewellery design is seeing all the ideas come to life. The best part is knowing you nailed and hearing the client say “Its perfect!”.
Check out the collection when you are ready to create your custom piece of soundwave jewellery, of course your creative suggestions are always welcome!
Creating â€Şâ€Žwedding ringsâ€¬ is one of the perks of being a goldsmith. Â It is such an honour to be asked to create something which symbolizes love, commitment and one of the biggest events in most peoples lives.
When I created the concept of â€ŞSoundwave Jewelleryâ€¬ over ten years ago I knewâ€ŞÂ weddingâ€¬ and â€Şengagementâ€¬ rings would be the perfect application for the technique. I rarely listen to people’s recordings as I feel they should be kept personal. Â However sometimes I listen to the beginning to verify the sound wave ( my biggest fear is mixing up sound waves so I’m a little OCD at triple checking them), other times I need to edit them for design purposes. Every time I catch a little sound byte of people’s â€Şwedding ringâ€¬ recordings I also get a little emotional. There is so much thought, meaning and love put into them.
With every ring I make I try and put that same emotion back into the ring during its creation process. Being asked to create someone’s wedding rings is a privilege and a sacred task. Objects of meaning carry vibrations within them and I want to be certain the vibration of the rings I create is â€ŞLoveâ€¬ .
At the beginning of this year Soundwave Jewelry was feature in this article by Bill Taylor regarding wedding band trends.
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Wedding ring trends for 2012: Personalized bands
January 26, 2012
A hundred years from now, your great-granddaughter comes across your wedding ring in an old jewellery box.
As she admires it, she wonders what her great-grandfather might have said to his bride-to-be when they were young and full of hope for the future.
So she rolls the ring across an ink-pad and then across a sheet of paper, which she then scans into her laptop. A little digital manipulation and, across the century, her forebear speaks to her!
This is designer Danielle Crampsieâ€™s â€śSoundwave Ring,â€ť a wedding band that boasts something even Prince Williamâ€™s bride, Kate Middleton, doesnâ€™t have on her ring: A voice.
When Crampsie is designing rings for a couple, she can record either their voices pledging their love (or whatever) or a favourite piece of music. She then prints a computer read-out of the sound wave and engraves it on the jewellery.
â€śIt becomes living history. Itâ€™s a piece of you that will endure,â€ť says Sarah Hamel, who runs Made You Look, a Queen St. W. shop that provides workspace for about 20 self-employed jewellery designers, including Crampsie, and sells jewellery from more than 100 local designers.
These are not your great-grandmotherâ€™s wedding bands!
â€˘Â Deborah Lavery will etch you and your spouse-to-beâ€™s fingerprints onto each otherâ€™s ring.
â€˘Â Zsolt Szekely combines gold and cocobolo wood into rings that are distinctive and durable. â€śCocobolo has about the same wear-rate as gold and better than silver,â€ť says Hamel, adding itâ€™s cheaper than an all-gold band.
â€˘Â Jon Pollack works with titanium and Delrin, a robust plastic compound used in joint-replacement surgery and available either in black or white.
â€˘Â Andrea Golden uses the 17th-century Japanese technique of mokume-gane to create intricate laminates of different metals.
â€śThose are just a handful of examples,â€ť says Hamel. â€śWe encourage clients to pick a designer and meet with them before they commission a piece.
â€śItâ€™s not so much following trends or even creating trends. But we want to break down old-fashioned ideas.â€ť
Two of Crampsieâ€™s clients are just leaving, both giving her a warm hug. Theyâ€™re musicians, she says, and their rings will have sound waves â€śone an octave higher than the other.â€ť
Her earrings are sound waves, too, for a line from a song: â€śOn a bus full of empty seats, who wants to sit with me?â€ť
Rising gold prices mean more people are choosing composite rings, Hamel says, or bringing in â€śold gold, passed on from various family members that they want turned into something.â€ť
Wedding bands donâ€™t have to be flashy, she says. â€śSomething with a sound wave or fingerprint etching is purely for the couple. Itâ€™s special.â€ť
Nor do the rings have to match.
â€śThere may be a little anxiety if one wants one thing and the other something different. But you can have two completely different rings made by the same artist, or have something engraved that links the two.
â€śOur customers tend not to have the old-school mindset. They regard it as buying a little piece of art. We find, too, that where engagement rings seem to be all about the girl, with wedding bands, itâ€™s the guyâ€™s chance to express himself.â€ť
Birks, which has 35 stores across Canada, has rings starting at about $600, says spokesperson Eva Hartling, and rising to the high side of $100,000.
â€śBut that would be for an eternity-style ring with diamonds all the way around,â€ť says Hartling from Birksâ€™ Montreal headquarters.
Price is definitely a factor for most customers, with some opting for platinum over gold. Men, especially, are also choosing silver or titanium, she says.
â€śWith gold bands, women are going back to slimmer styles; much slimmer than, say, the late â€™90s, early 2000s ,â€ť Hartling adds. â€śThatâ€™s partly for economic reasons.â€ť
With fashion jewellery, she says yellow gold â€” more typical of the 1970s â€” is starting to make a comeback. But thereâ€™s no sign yet of that being the choice for wedding bands. â€śWhite gold has been the choice for more than a decade.â€ť
Some women want a wedding band with a stone. Styles include micro-pavĂ©, with the ring literally â€śpavedâ€ť with tiny diamonds, and large pavĂ©, with bigger but fewer stones.
Hartling says most couples go for different style bands, especially if the womanâ€™s has a stone. Same-sex couples tend to choose matching bands.
As for Kate Middletonâ€™s ring, it hasnâ€™t had much impact here. Nor has Prince Williamâ€™s decision not to wear a ring.
â€śThatâ€™s Europe versus North America,â€ť Hartling says. â€śNorth American men traditionally wear a wedding band.â€ť
A wedding ring is more than just a simple band of gold. Sarah Hamel offers tips on choosing the right one:
â€˘Â For a gold ring, budget about $1,000 for the metal alone. Depending on size and weight, it may be more or less, but thatâ€™s a realistic starting figure.
â€˘Â Try on a lot of rings. Just like clothes on the rack, rings that look good at first may not suit you when you try them on.
â€˘Â Men who have never worn a ring before may â€śgravitate toward something chunky.â€ť Hamel warns them they need to be comfortable carrying a bunch of grocery bags with their wedding band on.
â€˘Â Donâ€™t worry about what styles other people are wearing. Go with what works for you.
â€˘Â Donâ€™t go too wild with your design ideas. Hamel says wedding bands follow certain formulas for a reason. â€śIf you want a crazy fashion ring, come back later and weâ€™ll talk!â€ť
â€” Bill Taylor