WHAT RING WIDTH IS BEST FOR ME
One of the decisions involved in your titanium ring selection is the width, meaning how tall your ring will stand. In the past, we have been asked more than a few times what ring width a customer should order, and as a general rule we tell them that for a man, seven millimeters or wider is the most popular, and for a woman, seven millimeters or less. As fashion evolves, though, interests in different ring widths expand for both men and women. Men are now wearing engagement rings meaning they will need smaller ring widths to accommodate two bands. Many women are not wearing engagement rings making room for wider wedding bands. Stacking rings is the newest thing in ring fashion too.
The width of your ring can determine your comfort with every grip. Even for those who are easy on the hands, aesthetics is not the only concern as reaching out to do the simplest tasks can be a new painful experience if the width of your ring is too wide or too slim for your finger. People whose work requires a tight grip and hard delivery, such as a carpenter or lumberjack, sometimes prefer a skinnier width that won't get in the way; this goes for drummers too. Other musicians, like guitarists who wield an axe with strings, especially those whose hands are photographed frequently, may want a wider ring for show and inspiration. Therefore considering the profession and activities of the wearer is a new factor in determining what ring width is best.
Also important in your width consideration is that each style requires a certain amount of space to include designs, so the minimum width choice will be wider when your ring includes a profile design. For example, a solid titanium band can, in most cases, be made as thin as two millimeters, whereas intricate designs must be wider, some with a minimum of eight millimeters so as not to jeopardize the integrity of your design. If you find a design that has to be made wider than you prefer, perhaps consider it for your forefinger or middle finger, as these fingers are complemented by a wider ring.
HOW TO MEASURE THE WIDTH AT HOME
To find your comfort zone, it is suggested to visit your local department store's jewelry counter and try a selection of rings with different widths to find what feels right. If you are at home and want to order a ring with the same width as one in your collection, we have discovered a household technique to measure an existing ring. The width can be determined by making a stack of dimes next to the existing ring until the heights are equal, and then count your change. One dime is about 1mm wide so however many dimes you have...
Buying a titanium ring ensures you strength and durability coupled with long lasting beauty that never tarnishes, but it will not last a day on your finger if it is uncomfortable. Width that said, being aware of your comfort ranges, as far as ring width is concerned, can insure you will have a ring that suits you perfectly.
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT CHOOSING YOUR RING WIDTH:
-Choosing a wider ring can sometimes require a slightly bigger size. There are two main reasons for this and one is that a wider ring means more material has to clear the knuckle. The other is that a wide ring may not fit inside the thinner part of your finger next to your knuckle. The wider the ring, the more space on your finger is occupied between the knuckle and finger bend.
- All of our ring styles have minimum and maximum width choices to accommodate the inlay design. The minimum width is important to preserve the integrity of the design. For instance, many people request our W3FTK design in a 5mm:
9mm W3FTK width choices: 6MM-10MM
but we cannot cut the black wood into thinner bands or it will crack so this style's width choices are between 6mm and 10mm.
6mm width is the lowest we can go with our W3R design for the same reason.
The more intricate designs require more width, this Dawn Patrol has a minimum width of 8mm.
We can make any style wider than the maximum width choices for $50.
- We make stone and wood 3mm wide Stack Rings. Perfect for wearing all your birthstones and power stones.
4mm 7mm 10mm
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~Aloha from the Ohana at Hawaii Titanium Rings~
Jerry Guire made his first Titanium ring out of a key chain over 15 years ago and after showing it to friends, he made his first sale. He has invented a new art technique from pure imagination and skills he acquired in a machine shop making automotive and Aerospace parts. Making rings after work and on weekends, then selling them on eBay enabled him to buy his own machinery, which led to more success, and Hawaiian Titanium Rings. Today, he has two locations in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and he showcases his rings in stores all over the states as well as prospering from a growing online business, so his key chain alteration holds quite the legacy.
Hawaii Titanium Rings is made up of family and friends; Jerry's beautiful wife, Carolyn runs the administration, his brother is the main machinist and Carolyn's brother is the wood specialist. I am Shana, the office manager and I have been friends with Carolyn for over 20 years, my husband is the main artist and my son works in finishing. Alana, our shipping manager and accountant has also been close friends with Carolyn for over 20 years as well and her son recently joined us until he goes to college. We have all joined together to produce what we believe is some of the finest jewelry on the market.
“Titanium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust… its everywhere; it’s in the trees, it’s in the fish we catch….” explains Jerry. He goes on to say that it’s the processing of Titanium that limits its abundance. Like any precious metal it must be boiled, but at about 3600 degrees, three times the heat used to process gold.
Before the government unclassified Titanium in 1988, it was for military use only. In WWII, Russia used it to make their submarines; later on, Lockheed used it to make the All-Star SR-71 Black Bird fighter jet. Chosen mainly for its strength and its lightweight qualities, titanium was also well-suited for companies making surgical implants or golf clubs, but there were no Titanium rings on the market when Jerry started producing them. Using Titanium to make rings was genius, not only for the lightweight strength and glimmering shine, but it’s completely hypo-allergenic and probably the most comfortable ring you’ll ever wear.
Over the years Jerry Guire has created rings that you won’t find anywhere else because he personally developed the methods used to design the embedded inlays. The inlays are made from a selection of almost 40 types of rare stones and 48 exotic woods.
On the day of our interview Jerry had just come from purchasing a rare black opal found inside but one cave in Lightning Ridge, Australia. The Lightning Ridge Black Opal is striking, a bluish opaque stone containing a kaleidoscope of colors, it captivated me. The cave has since been mined almost to extinction and the last bits of this stone are now panned for like gold.
Jerry doesn’t need to refer to notes; he knows the history behind each stone and piece of wood he uses in his inlays. The woods come from all over, their colors representing their origin, and 10 of them can be found only in Hawaii. Jerry has pieces of trees that are 1500 and 3000 years old, most of them coming from people who own land with trees that have fallen or sunk from excessive weight. It was the beauty of the endemic Hawaiian woods that inspired Jerry to design patterned inlays combining wood grains and precious stones. Tribal patterns and symbols embedded into the inlays are intricate and personal, giving life to each ring.
Like a diamond cutter, he has kept his design secrets in the family by teaching family members and someday his sons. Carolyn, his beautiful wife, with matching intelligence, runs the business side and is a calming balance to Jerry’s Type-A personality. She has headed up the accounting department at some of Kona’s biggest companies and now she is helping build this one up to the same magnitude. Nonetheless, the culmination of their talents and hard work has not resulted in a fast-paced, monetary based lifestyle, but rather a creative, productive, family-orientated atmosphere. Surrounding the workshop and office is an amazing garden that symbolizes the refreshing way they utilize elements while conducting business.
Hawaiian Titanium Rings emanate a strong presence; combining newly sculpted aerospace metal, extinct iridescent stones and patterns of tree growth thousands of years old. The brunette wood tones against glimmering stone galaxies set into solid grey sheen compliment even the most unattractive finger.
The rings’ assorted components denote the diversity of people that they appeal to. Dominating my first impression of the rings was their strength blended with intricate design, so it makes sense that they appeal to both sexes and every class of people. Clientele range from world renowned diamond cutters to famous rock stars; from business woman to bartending broads like myself. Breaking sexual and cultural barriers is an amazing feat in the world of jewelry design. Jerry integrated his talents to create not only jewelry but pieces of wearable art that encapsulate history and memories.