Making custom wedding rings, I am often struck how lovers see themselves in their own world and their love as the center of their own special universe.
Spirals are found throughout nature. A seashell's curve, a hawk following it's prey, even weather patterns and beach formations occur in spirals. NASA's site has some wonderful images of Spiral Galaxies. They inspired me to think of how I can recreate the spiral symbol in my jewelry to reflect that special center of the universe love.
I started to play with transferring spiral patterns into metal.
Then I sliced the spiral into several bands, allowing one piece to be the center and the others to be the path of the spiral. That was just the beginning. The pattern was too faint and so I engraved, carved and filed the ring by hand, adding dimension and depth. The result is a totally hand fabricated ring (no casting involved). Each time I make one, it will be unique.
Here is the Center Spiral Galaxy Ring. Like most of my ring bands, it is rustic enough to be worn by a man or a woman who likes the handmade, unique style. It's perfect for a wedding ring, promise ring or just a statement ring showing your love of the center of your universe, whether that's another human or in the sky.
I also created a raw diamond engagement ring and a matching half spiral wedding band. You can see them in the Metal Sky Collection now.
Mary Lu Wason
is a studio jeweler. Here she shares the inspirations, discoveries and process of creating her art jewelry collections.