A Handwritten Proposal with Lindsey Wayland

I have worked with many people over the years who plan a ring making session as part of their proposal. Each story has been unique to every couple. And while I am honored that some have happened right in my very studio, most are planned as a private moment ahead of time so that the couple can decide on the ring details together. The intention behind the proposal is of course what is most important, but many people want to commemorate the moment with something tangible to give to their partner. So I often I have been asked the question "What should I propose with?"

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Diamonds & Diamond Alternatives

Some people want to add a little (or a lot of) sparkle to their rings by incorporating stones. Diamonds are generally the first stone that comes to mind when people picture an engagement ring.  But for reasons ranging from taste to budget to politics, some people are leaving diamonds behind. Keep in mind that rings take a lot of abuse, especially wedding rings since they are typically worn daily.  Not all stones are created equal, so be sure that you consider how your stone choice will hold up so that you can love wearing your ring for years to come.

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How to Care for Your Ring

Rings, no matter the type of metal or karat, will show age with daily wear. As we go about our day-to-day lives, our rings will inevitably collect scratches, marks, and myriad of buildup. (lotion, dirt, makeup, ect.)

Everyone’s rings will wear at a different rate depending on your lifestyle, but all ring will wear with time. I personally like the way that rings age to show the years that we have been together. But some people want to keep their rings looking new for as long as possible. Wear is inevitable but luckily, there are simple and inexpensive solutions to care for your rings and freshen up their finish.

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Ring Fabrication Workshop 101

The fabrication workshop is the most popular and hands-on option at With These Rings. The workshop allows you and your partner to create handmade wedding bands from gold in several color and karat options or palladium sterling silver. Whether you want a more traditional and polished look or rustic and textured, you will end up with heirloom-quality rings. Many couples walk out of the fabrication workshop with their finished rings.

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Ring Warming Ceremony

Incorporating a ring warming into your wedding is such a special way to involve all of your guests in your ceremony. A ring warming is when you give your loved ones the opportunity to hold and imbue your wedding bands with a wish, blessing or prayer for your marriage. By the time your rings make it on to your fingers they will be saturated with the love of your friends and family.

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History of the Wedding Band

Rings in particular are loaded with significance. Throughout history rings were used as personal talismans, in business transactions, as symbols of status, and of course to pledge your love to another.  The story of the wedding ring does not have one clear path; it changes with each religion and country's view of marriage. Some rings strictly marked the legal contract of marriage, while others were clearly crafted in the name of true love. 

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Colors & Karats of Gold

Many people have a lot of questions about the different colors and karats of gold. There are so many options which can make it confusing and a little overwhelming. So let me make it simple by telling you about the basics behind alloys. 24 karat gold is 100% pure gold which is a rich, yellow color and far too soft to hold up to the everyday wear of a wedding band. So how do we make rings that we can wear? Alloys!

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5 Things to Consider Before Choosing Silver Wedding Bands

Many couples are interested in sterling wedding bands, it is my job to help my clients choose the ring that is right for them so I am always upfront about the nature of this metal and its pros and cons. My husband and I love our silver bands, but I think that it is important to weigh out all of these options before deciding if silver is the right choice for you. 

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