make your own wedding/commitment ring package
midastouch jewels by Patsy north wales
- Tuition for one couple
- Instruction on all techniques needed to make rings in a metal and finish of your choice* (*gold or silver)
- Pre-ordering of precious metals for use at workshop
- Lunch and refreshments
- Beautiful North Wales Venue
- **DOES NOT INCLUDE PRECIOUS METALS
Join Patsy for a wedding ring making workshop in her studio in Conwy, North Wales (LL319TA) to learn traditional silversmithing techniques in order to make your own wedding/commitment rings in either silver or gold*. After learning how to work in metal Patsy will guide you to pattern. cut and join your own unique wedding ring to take away with you on the day.
All my classes are Private Tuition this workshop is for 1 or 2 people, ideally couples will attend together
Patsy's workshop days are tailor-made, so you can work on a specific wedding ring idea. These lessons have included diverse projects from wedding rings in satin finish silver; reticulated white gold, stamped 9ct gold commitment ring and an etched celtic design ring. Patsy also has a special package for couples (Fees for the wedding ring course do not include the gold or silver).
*Platinum not available
The Earliest wedding rings are believed to have been used by the Ancient Egyptians, unlike today, they were made of reeds or rushes. Nowadays the precious metals used give greater longevity. The ring symbolizes eternity. with the hole being the entry into the unknown future together.
Have the exclusive use of the jewellery workshop.
Explore designs for your rings.
Create a ring to your own design.
Pattern metal using hammered, punched or etched techniques.
Solder the rings.
Polish and finish the rings.
Rings will need to be sent off for hallmarking, this can take 7-10 days. Our hallmark is registered with the Birmingham Assay Office.
Above: Hammered wedding band
Below: 1. Satin finish wedding ring
2. 'Blobby' wedding ring to fit with unusual shaped engagement ring
3. Reticulated Wedding Commitment Ring
History of the Ring
The ring, or circle, was the symbol of eternity, with no beginning or end, not only to the Egyptians, but many other ancient cultures. The hole in the center of the ring signifies a gateway, or door; leading to things and events both known and unknown. To give a partner a ring signifies never-ending and immortal love.
Rushes and reeds were soon substituted with rings made of leather, bone or ivory. The more expensive the material, the more love shown to the receiver and the greater the wealth of the giver.
The Roman’s adopted the
tradition of ring giving, but, used the ring as a symbol of ownership rather than love.
Roman men would “claim” their woman with the giving of a ring. Roman
betrothal rings were often made of iron and called “Anulus Pronubus.”
They symbolized strength and permanence.
About 860 Christians began using rings in marriage ceremonies; these were usually highly decorated with engraved doves, lyres, or two linked hands but the Church discouraged such rings as ‘heathenish’ and, around the 13th century, wedding and betrothal rings were simplified. They were given a more spiritual look which was expressed as a “symbol of the union of hearts.”
rings through different stages in history have been worn on different
fingers, including the thumb, and on both the left and right hands. The Romans started to wear
the ring on the left hand ring finger as they believed that the ‘Vena Amoris’ or
the ‘Vein of Love’ was connected to the heart.
Early Christians wore the wedding ring on the third finger, when the priest recited ”In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”, he would take the ring and touch the thumb, the index finger, and the middle finger; he would place the ring on the ring finger, to seal the marriage.
A more practical theory is that
the soft metal (traditionally gold) doesn't wear or get as damaged on the finger of the left hand, due to most of the world being
right handed. Also the fourth finger on the left hand is probably one of the least used fingers on a person’s hands.