Unique And Vintage Wedding Bands

Wedding bands don’t get the same kind of attention as their blingy cousins, engagement rings.

People (myself included) tend to treat them as just another item on the wedding ‘to do’ list, but I think they deserve a bit more attention than that. After all, it’s a pretty long term jewellery commitment – a few levels up from selecting which Topshop earrings to buy…

On first look, wedding rings seemed to fall into three categories; plain and classic (but a bit boring), expensive and diamond studded, or modern and brutalist / industrial.  I was after someing simple and elegant, but not too plain, and so I struggled to find something to fit the bill.  As a girl, I also had the added complication of requiring something that would go with my engagement ring, a vintage 1920’s number with a warm, mellow colour to the gold.

As with most things, my avid following of wedding blogs saved the day.  I stumbled across an incredible wedding on 100 Layer Cake –  the beautiful handcrafted marriage of Artemis and Nao on the Isle of Wight.

Floral engraved ring

Not only is it one of my all time favourite nuptials of all of the weddings I’ve seen in blog-land, but when I read the full article on their website I clocked their gorgeous engraved rings and I was sold.  I was even more flabberghasted when I worked out that the couple made the rings themselves.  Woah.

Artemis and Nao happen to be the incrediblely talented pair behind Rust Jewellery, where they hand-craft beautiful, delicate pieces out of their workshop in Hatton Garden in London (Artemis is also a talented sewer and photographer and blogs about her craft creations, vintage finds and family’s adventures over at her blog Junkaholique).

I was so bowled over by their rings, that I booked a trip down to London (kindly put up by my good friend Lucy) and paid a visit to their little bat cave of jewellery magic. Artemis was very patient as I tried on just about every type of ring they made (whilst also oggling their lovely necklaces).  I finally settled on the floral engraved 2mm ring in gold (the white gold version is shown above) which matches perfectly the colour of my engagement ring. Ste opted for a plain court ring in the same gold.

More favourites under the cut….

For those after interesting wedding bands, Etsy is another excellent source – a treasure trove of independent jewellers and antique discoveries.  Below are my picks of unique and interesting wedding ring designs for those who are looking for something a little different:

Platinum Art Deco Ring 1. Addy’s Vintage is a UK Etsy seller of fine antique wedding bands and engagement rings, and she sells some particularly lovely Art Deco bands, such as this Art Deco Engraved Wedding Ring in White Gold (£270)

two wedding bands with leaf imprint design2. Textured wedding bands are a nice way of still having a classic wedding band but with a slight personal twist. These ‘Rowan’ slender wedding bands by Hebden Bridge designer Catherine Woodall (£295) capture an embossed leaf vein print all the way around the band.


Gold ring with small diamonds embedded3. I’m not usually a big fan of diamonds on wedding bands, but this Pave diamond wedding band (£352.54) is an exception to the rule as the (conflict free) diamonds are very pretty and subtle on this delicate wedding band by Artemer on Etsy

Gold ring engraved with chevron pattern

4. I do love engraving on wedding bands, and this Nora band by US deigner J.Lingnau ($430) has an unusual ear of wheat style-pattern.

engraved platinum band with leaf pattern

5. The London Victorian Ring Co is a great source of antique style bands, and this engraved D shape wedding ring (£520-£620) is one of a number of lovely Victorian inspired designs

Geometric wedding band6. For a slightly more modern take, this gold faceted ring by StudioBALADI on Etsy (£47+) is pretty and has a bit of a geometric feel – it comes in gold plated, or solid yellow, rose or white gold


rose gold wedding band

7. Rose gold gives a warm blush colour and makes a slightly unusual choice for a wedding band –  this hammered rose gold ring by Tiny Sparkle Studio on Etsy  (£152) is a beautiful example

overlapping hands with wedding ringsOur rings – still looking good 3 1/2 years in (despite always forgetting to take them off when we do DIY)

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Comments: 1

  1. Lucy Says:
    March 4th, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I’m famous! I’m mentioned on your blog!

    The Rust shop was just beautiful – I really enjoyed that trip to go and see it. Such gorgeous designs, and lovely people too.

    I was doing some ring shopping myself of late (!), and stumbled on this site: http://www.ecowoodrings.co.uk/ – maybe the start of an ‘Eco ring’ post?

    I found some good ‘ethical’ ring sites too: a good summary is here: http://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/category/100/rings.html (Cred has some gorgeous patterned wedding bands too).

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