Many clients ask us if we inlay gold or silver rings, but we have always and will always inlay titanium because it is the only metal strong enough to hold the wood and stone.
Gold and silver are soft metals and will conform to your finger, bending the shape of the ring and loosening the inlay. Tungsten will hold the inlay but if dropped on a hard surface, shatters. Titanium is forever, making your ring a treasure to last for generations.
Our inlay techniques were originally designed by us and we are continually developing new exciting custom styles to guide your imagination. The solid strength of titanium is the reason we can produce, showcase, and preserve intricate designs that last a lifetime.
If you want the best of both worlds, we inlay gold and silver to accent the titanium and other inlays. Titanium is a great way to preserve your gold and a beautifully unique way to match your mate's gold band.
The long awaited arrival of rings with a masculine appeal is here with an explosion of durable, lightweight, design. Titanium rings inlaid with wood and stone comfortably fit a man's hand and lifestyle like a glove. Design possibilities for men are infinite like they have never been before. The introduction of multiple choices featuring custom images and design creations representing passions, culture, and scenery are handmade by men, for men, with intricate skill.
Fact- working with titanium is a tough-guy profession, its dangerous at times. After all our company is the only company that we know of to start with a solid bar of Aerospace-grade, American-made titanium. When you walk into our gallery you can tell right away there is a machine shop in the back by the noise level. Our guys put blood, sweat, and tears into the rings to turn a bar of titanium into a sophisticated piece of jewelry.
Perhaps the most groundbreaking evolution in the jewelry industry in recent years, inlaid titanium rings cross demographic boundaries like no other predecessor, catching the eye of men and women of every age, background, and belief. Geographically, a world-wide response is apparent with people from every corner of the earth.
The first inlays from our company were Koa Wood, collected from fallen trees and branches from around the island, with nothing but good intentions to preserve this prized and historical Hawaiian tree. The growth began there, opening doors to the imagination in a machinist who used to make turbo chargers and power boosters from the same machine. Shown above is a ring featuring Hawaiian Koa and Hawaiian grown Mango with Rose Gold, just one design idea that turned out to be a favorite style for men.
Stone and mineral inlays now equal our wood inlay ring sales and the combination has surpassed both. Birthstones, astrological stones, power stones; one person has many whether they choose to decorate their hand or to manipulate the energy in their lives. Men are especially interested in the navy blue Lapis or the forest green Malachite set next to a rich dark wood.
Diamonds are no longer reserved for the women’s ring, they are embedded and flush with the surface so the chances of losing your diamonds are close to impossible. The diamonds are protected from the elements with a secret process that our company holds dear. There are few laws regarding design copyright, only a few in the United States, so we strive each day to research and improve our techniques with tight security to set ourselves apart from the mass-produced replicas.
The inlaid titanium ring industry has introduced a new frontier for men to explore on their own terms and conditions, and spouses everywhere are relieved to see their men wearing their rings with pride. Finally!
Choosing from hundreds of titanium ring inlay ideas does not have to be overwhelming; in fact it should be the most exciting part of your custom order. Consider first, the occasion for which the ring is being given and take it from there. An engagement or wedding calls for a diamond, a birthday should have a birthstone, and every anniversary year has a traditional gem, but for an embedded titanium ring, the inlay fun has just begun. Titanium rings are the dawn of a new age in stone placement and have reinvented the gem cluster. The key with titanium inlays is to choose the best inlay to compliment and showcase your gem. Here are a few tips:
1. Consider the color of your gem when selecting your backdrop. Encompass the stone you want to feature with a contrasting landscape. Diamonds should be classified as white, shining brightest in the darkest settings, such as wood and stone in warm shades of ebony, chocolate, indigo, and Bordeaux. Frame darker gems, like Pigeon-Blood Rubies, in illuminating arenas for example; creamy, white, pearly stones or golden, honey-blonde wood. Colored gems are a different story as they tend to reflect the colors around them. We solve this problem by setting the stone in a gold or silver seat to keep the color inside the stone reflecting upward.
2. Other precious metals should not be forgotten just because you prefer a titanium ring; titanium is the best metal to consider adding gold or silver as an inlay. Economically, the price of gold increases almost daily and where better to protect your investment other than embedded in the true strength of titanium. Gold and silver act as the ultimate highlight, enhancing your creation by radiating light within faceted stones and generating dimensions in wood and mineral. Another forgotten fact is that gold comes in four colors; yellow, white, rose, and green, multiplying your style options.
3. The month you were born in no longer confines you to one stone choice. For instance, ruby is the birthstone for the sign of Cancer and the month of July; but as a Leo born in July, Peridot comes into astrological play. Power stones offer another level of empowering inlay options, targeting weaknesses, ailments, and impending challenges. Choosing stones and minerals according to one's personal dilemmas is becoming a popular remedy and some believe it to be a powerful healing source.
As someone who has taken numerous ring orders, my experience has taught me that buying a ring is a meaningful purchase to many, and the customer service is an important component, especially when creating a custom order. A ring is bought with purpose, as a symbol to represent a paramount event or special memory. Earrings and necklaces are replaced and substituted frequently according to the circumstances, unlike a ring that is rarely removed once placed on the home finger, so only good energy should go into your handmade embedded titanium ring.
Men and women straying from the usual gold bands, now have new exciting engagement ring and wedding band options with the innovation of embedded titanium rings. For men especially, the titanium ring market has exploded with a new world of masculine options. Traditionally, the "Big Day" caters to the bride, from the proposal to the honeymoon; most of the choices are made without the future husband. Now, when the ceremony gets to the words, "With this ring, I thee wed", men finally have the opportunity to be a little more involved in the excitement instead of just being marked with a band.
Whether you fall into the category of opposites attract or two peas in a pod, you can now keep your own identity or share each other’s with a huge inlay and design selection. Styles ranging from multiple bands of wood, to stone windows framed in gold are becoming "The New Wedding Ring". Titanium Rings with inlaid diamond stars in tropical scenes are replacing the usual diamond set in four prongs. Couples are choosing matching ring sets made from the same cut of wood and stone elements to create a symbol of connection. Busy professionals and networking enthusiasts joining in holy matrimony are requesting custom engravings with their initials and logos. Artists, musicians, and people embracing culture and spirituality are exchanging rings embellished with tribal patterns and symbols of their passions. The list goes on and on because the canvas has endless possibilities; a welcomed evolution for the jewelry industry, breaking demographic barriers by offering a design for everyone.
Inlaid titanium ring design diversity has brought elegance and value to "freestyle" by combining earth's gifts with man's perception. From the muddy trails of the rainforest to the flashing lights of the Red Carpet, one ring can be appropriate for every event in your life. Titanium embedded with wood, opals, gems, and even Kevlar, has the comfort, durability, and striking beauty to venture every climb no matter what shoe is required. You have the freedom to empower your lifestyle and interpret your unique and impeccable taste without you having to speak a word. When choosing your custom creation, remember to showcase your charm and you will be surprised what you will learn about the people who notice.
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
Call us with questions anytime!
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