3 Things to Discuss with Your Partner before Wedding Ring Shopping

3 Things to Discuss with Your Partner before Wedding Ring Shopping

For many people the wedding ring is the first piece of fine jewelry (or even jewelry at all) that they will wear. It’s something you are going to wear every single day, so you want it to be perfect, right? This expectation can make shopping for a wedding ring feel like a very daunting task.

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Want Modern Stackable Wedding Rings That Are Ethically Made? Rebecca Mir Grady Has You Covered

Want Modern Stackable Wedding Rings That Are Ethically Made? Rebecca Mir Grady Has You Covered

We love modern takes on the traditional engagement ring, and we love ring stacks even more, so we couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Rebecca Mir Grady Jewelry to our Catalyst vendor community. Not only are Rebecca's rings stunning, but they are all handmade from reclaimed precious metals and ethically sourced stones in her Santa Fe studio so there's no diamond guilt here. Plus, you can feel awesome rocking your engagement or wedding ring for the rest of your life knowing you supported a LGBTQ+-owned business. It doesn't get better than that!

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8 Geometric Accessories to Gift to Friends, Family, and Yourself // Elaine B Jewelry

8 Geometric Accessories to Gift to Friends, Family, and Yourself // Elaine B Jewelry

Elaine was trained in metal smithing and glass blowing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. "Inspired by minimal but inventive designs, rough stones and geometric shapes, and the versatility of jewelry meant for work or play, she created her small business, Elaine B Jewelry."

Elaine's designs are perfect for gifting to dear friends or family members who have played a part in your wedding day, or for the holidays.

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More and Less // All that Glitters: Gold and Diamond Alternatives

More and Less // All that Glitters: Gold and Diamond Alternatives

Last month I claimed this final chapter of the jewelry series would be on ‘everything else.’ Foolhardy, to say the least. Especially working as I do for a small jewelry company that partners with artisans in Haiti to upcycle unconventional materials like steel and horn, I should have been fully in touch with the fact that jewelry can be created out of almost anything.

What I should have said is that we’d be looking at some other common metals used for wedding bands and a couple other gemstone alternatives to diamonds. So know that this is by no means the real Everything Else. There are possibilities of all kinds that can be used to make jewelry. I just had to give myself a little more focus, or this column would have gone on for days.

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A Day in the Life of Oakland Ring Maker, Kendra Renee

A Day in the Life of Oakland Ring Maker, Kendra Renee

Kendra Renee is a metalsmith in Oakland who truly brings couples’ stories to life through their wedding bands by involving them in significant elements of the ring-making process, from collecting the raw materials to pouring the metal in the cast, creating the actual ring — talk about an awesome date night! Kendra says, “It’s kind of magical.” Recently one of her clients brought in gold nuggets that her grandfather had once been paid in for his work as a dentist. With Kendra, the client alloyed them and melted them into her wedding set so she will always have a little piece of family history with her. “People love to see the process behind the scenes — they literally see their ring take shape and become a part of its story.”

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More and Less // All that Glitters: The Ethics of Gold Jewelry

More and Less // All that Glitters: The Ethics of Gold Jewelry

The jewelry industry is wrought with problematic paradigms—beautiful things are often created at a high human and environmental cost. It does not have to be this way. If we educate ourselves as consumers, we can support a transition to safer and saner practices.

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Put a Ring on It: One Couple's Alternative to Traditional Wedding Rings

Put a Ring on It: One Couple's Alternative to Traditional Wedding Rings

Every couple wants an engagement ring that perfectly reflects the union of their two personalities. But when my now-husband, Bill, decided to propose, he had something more to consider: my sensitive skin doesn’t let me wear metal.

What’s a groom to do? He found a solution both beautiful and possible in a ring made entirely of wood by David Finch. Finch produces handmade rings at Touch Wood, the company he and his wife, Nicola, run from their off-the-grid farm in western Canada. 

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Sponsor Highlight: A Pocket Novel

Sponsor Highlight: A Pocket Novel

My goal is to be able to provide a complete wedding experience, whether it be custom graphic design and paper goods, wedding websites, or crafty decor and planning. I just love so many aspects of this industry, I can’t limit myself to one thing. I want to take it all on!

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