DAVID AND MARIA
David (the jewelry designer of Maidstone Jewelry) and Maria married in 2005. Their wedding rings had special significance to each of them.
David’s ring was made with an antique nail from the beams of a Swiss alp barn built in 1833. The blackened iron was forged into a ring shape, the interior inlaid with 18K gold. At the head of the nail is a gold bezel housing a black diamond. The ring is made with materials that have survived for centuries and thus symbolizes an enduring relationship.
Maria’s ring consists of 4 strong 18K wire rings held in place by twisted sterling silver wires each representing a union of two. There are 4 gold and 4 silver wires and the marriage of metals represents a solid bond between two different elements.
THE RUSTY SCREW
The story of this ring begins in 1979 when a steel screw was used to make a wooden picnic table. The table was purchased and sat on a deck for 28 years exposed to all kinds of weather. Over the years the wood rotted and was finally used as firewood to heat the house. Out of the ashes of the fire we retrieved a charred and rusted old screw. It was forged to shape it in a circle and filed on the inside to obtain a smooth surface. It was then covered in 18k gold solder
SANDY & SETH
Sandy and Seth saw a ring at our booth at a fair on the hip Upper West Side of Manhattan. They wanted paired wedding rings with black diamonds. They agreed to send us some pictures from the web of rings they liked. Here is what we got:
Then we met at a local Starbucks and made some drawings:
We came up with a plan and made preliminary rings in Sterling silver to test for size, feel & fit.
Sandy and Seth liked the rings. Molds were made and the rings were cast in 18k white gold. Both were hand-hammered. Black diamonds were channel set.
In all we met 4 times face to face. Sandy and Seth got what they wanted and were very happy.