Unique Wedding Rings & Engraving Ideas

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From Valentine's Day to Wedding Day: Choose Your Words Wisely.

We all remember inscription on magical ring created by Sauron in Tolkien's "Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings": "One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them". Obviously this is not a wedding ring (pretty gruesome recipe for marriage) but a ring of power, and as we all know too much power can easily corrupt those who try to hang on to it. Weddings rings, on the other hand, have rather more optimistic engravings, all referring to love, trust, fidelity and adoration we shower on our chosen marriage partner.

(on the right is a unique Japanese design, via)

Some wedding rings, however, have rather weird engravings - some funny, some a little disturbing - while others simply display unbridled creativity:

1. "Yes I Do!" Sound-Wave Engraved Wedding Ring

Japanese artist and engraver Sakurako Shimizu makes truly unique engraved rings as part of his "Waveform Series": the "I do" wedding vows are laser-cut and rendered in silver, or gold as wearable jewelry. Order your ring custom-made here:

(image credit: Sakurako Shimizu)

You can also enjoy a giggle of your loved one as a bracelet or a necklace - and even the sound of their yawn! -

(image credit: Sakurako Shimizu)

2. Binary Encoded Rings: Indecipherable?

Talking about truly cryptic message: make sure that your loved one knows what you put on a ring, don't leave them guessing... Aptly-named Complexification will inscribe your geeky love message on a ring in a binary machine code:

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3. Rotating Rings "Crypto" Wedding Ring

Designed by Isabel Rucker, daughter of well-known science fiction writer Rudy Rucker, this is the ultimate in encryption and perhaps, in marital geek enjoyment: steampunk styled three rotating ring message which will be kept secret as long as nobody cracks the code - more info:

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On the right is another Binary Encoder Ring, by designer Jonathan Ben-Tovim - this time done not in metal, but with a rubber-like material; more info.

4. Hand-engraved Hobbit Ring: A Classic (just don't use it for your wedding)

It is pretty tempting to own a perfect "replica" of the Hobbit's ring, and some companies would try to do the best job of engraving the magical language - with or without the name of the ring owner. You can use it for your wedding as long as you write your own love message in Tolkien's alphabet... or ask someone who knows the original language of Mordor:

(image credit: James Roettger)

5. "The Universe Unfolds"

One of the most profound and deep messages (without even mentioning love and wedding vows) is the inscription above. It is mysterious and full of wonder, and we leave it at that:

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6. (I Love You) "Five Percent More"

"5% more" is found engraved on the rings of this couple... the explanation is really simple: "When I say "I love you" He always replies with, "I love you 5% more" -

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7. Princess Leia and Han Solo quote: "I love you...I know"

Available from Spiffing Jewelry, this pair of rings will allow you to play Han Solo and Princess Leia courtship all over again, over and over and over... again... -

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8. "Do Not Remove!"

Very practical suggestion indeed, and a subtle reminder not to lose or misplace it. Another variation: "If removed, alarm will sound." Would be nice if the engraving would change to "Put me back on!" if the ring senses that it's been taken off the finger:

(image credit: Sweet Caroline Photography)

9. Family Symbols: The Rose and The Pine Tree

The owner of this ring, Pedro Moura Pinheiro, explains: "My wife's family name is Rosa, or "Rose" in English, and mine is Pinheiro, "Pine tree". When we got married, almost nine years ago, we asked at the jeweler's store for an engraving on our wedding rings of the images of our family names instead of the common practice of writing your first names." -

(image credit: Pedro Moura Pinheiro)

10. Too Funny? How about this engraving: "All We Ever Need Is A Couch"

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Other funny and sort-of funny ones: "Not for pawning", "Race you to the shower" and "Have you lost it yet?"

In the same sort of practical vein is this one: "Same wife . . . Different Ring"

And a pretty pessimistic one: "Say bye bye to freedom"

11. Vintage Wedding Rings with Short Love Poems




... and a pretty mysterious one "MANY ARE THE STARRS I SEE..." which makes it easier to understand by reading the other side: "...YET IN MY EYE NO STARR LIKE THEE" -

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12. Hand-Engraved Images: Canoe, Boats, Faces, etc.

(image credit: James Roettger)

Going on a life journey together, symbolized by this romantic ride in a canoe... or simply engraving your happy faces on a ring as a token of much happiness ahead:

(image credit: Adam)

13. Engraved Fingerprints Rings

We've seen many rings of this variety... a clear favorite with hipsters, geek types or just couples wanting to add the ultimate personification to the old tradition. Once you claim this ring and imprint it, it is completely yours and yours only:

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14. Love Message Imprinted on your Finger

Taking the engraving a little bit further: this was designed perhaps for the jealous kinds, who are anxious for their spouse to always show the marriage symbol (the imprint will stay even if he / she takes the ring off):

Even more interesting: the whole message can be imprinted on your skin. This is the "Inner Message Series" by Korean designer Yoon Jung Yun:

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15. "Remember" Ring Reminders (impossible to ignore!)

"24 hours before your special day, the Hot Spot on the interior surface of your Remember Ring will warm to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 10 seconds, and continue to warm up every hour, on the hour, all day long!" Order these wonders of ring technology here -

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Bonus: "Detroit woman finds mystery engraved diamond ring in her toilet".

One woman got a surprise of her life when she spotted something shiny and gold in her toilet. Not just a wedding ring, but one embellished with a string of diamonds and a nice engraved phrase "Christina and Jerry forever." She really has no clue how it got there, as she knows no possible Christian and Jerry couple, the plumber also could not shed any light on this mystery. In any case, if you ever happen to drop your ring in the toilet, here are instructions how to retrive it:

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Seen above are some equally strange items: Swarowski crystals encrusted toilet, via, and the Rembrandt Charms made in the shape of a toilet seat.

Article by Avi Abrams, Dark Roasted Blend.




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Blogger LittleInsect said...

There's nothing 'mysterious and full of wonder' about the inscription 'the universe unfolds'.

It references Max Ehrman's Desiderata

quote:You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should

Blogger Jonathan said...

I'm the 4th generation to use the same plain gold wedding band. It's engraved on the inside with John to Mabel 1908 Mary 1939 Jan 1964. The jeweler we used was super excited by it.

Unfortunately, there was no more room inside, so my wife was engraved on the outside, but unlike the inner engravings, after 20 years it's almost unreadable.

Anonymous Sandy said...

These rings are all very unique. My favorite one is the one that leaves a heart imprint on your finger!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the One Ring, though the inscription needs to be changed for obvious reasons while sticking to the Tengwar.

Man's wedding ring
Outside: "Two Rings to marry them both"
Inside: "Two Rings to link them"

Woman's wedding ring
Outside: "Two Rings to bring them both"
Inside: "And in the light bind them"

I split the two lines of the inscription so it's incomplete when they're apart; you need TWO rings instead of ONE. I admit my use of the word 'link' was a reference to "The Legend of Zelda". I did it on Microsoft Word with my Tengwar font because I got bored.


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