Leon Megé Classic Wedding Band

 

When it comes to a basic plain band, our specialty is classic wedding bands - the most traditional yet upscale profile of a wedding band in existence. Unlike factory-made wedding bands designed to fit certain price points, we are concerned with only two factors - elegance and comfort. We disregard the cost as a non-issue. Our bands are distinguished by their refined lines - precise curvatures that make or break the look of a plain wedding band.

The mathematically derived templates developed by Leon Megé in his Platinum Acme lab over decades of research are considered a trade secret and our servers storing the patterns are well protected from daily attacks by hackers from Beijing, Odessa, Samarkand and other unsavory places trying to steal our know-how.

Wedding rings are the easiest things to buy, with all of the elaborate preparations for an upcoming wedding ceremony and expenditures involved, it certainly is the cheapest and fastest decision to make.

We make our wedding bands the old-fashioned way - purely by hand. Most wedding bands on the market are produced by either casting, die striking, or milling a platinum tube. Our wedding bands are all painstakingly forged from raw pieces of metal. They are seamless  --  thoroughly sealed with a high frequency laser beam without the use of a solder. The platinum content is uniform throughout the ring.

Despite the fact that we do not machine our bands, we charge less that an than average market price. For us, making wedding bands is not a lucrative business, it’s a service to our loyal customers, and we take this responsibility very seriously. Our bench-made plain wedding bands are available only to our customers who have purchased their engagement rings through us.

Per your request, all of our plain wedding bands can be customized to be any width or profile.

 

Plain Wedding Band Choices

 

Whether you are considering plain wedding rings, a more elaborate diamond set design, or a custom made option, we will help you to compare and find a perfect band.

If you are torn between choosing the simplicity of a plain band versus the symbolism of the eternity band (not to mention the bling factor), sometimes the perfect solution is to get both.

While some people could find this solution extravagant or wasteful, the reality of a modern active lifestyle suggests that there will be numerous situations in your life where you wish to have the one instead of another. A plain wedding band could be a relatively inexpensive option for casual wear- whether on a sandy Aruban beach, snowboarding on Hunter Mountain, or just doing something where the glitter of a diamond wedding band is simply not appropriate.

 

Men’s Bands

 

There is no standard of width for men’s bands - the width could be entirely a matter of personal taste. There are small cultural differences - Eastern European men prefer yellow or pink gold and generally favor thin wedding bands - 2 mm and narrower, while women seem to cover their phalanx bones entirely. European men prefer flat and saddle-shape profiles over the classic domed profiles popular in the US.

In the US, the most popular men’s ring is a classic wedding band with its traditional domed profile. The width usually ranges from 3 to 6 mm.

The choice of width should correlate to the size of the finger - a 4 mm wedding band worn by a man with size 7 finger will look too thin on a person with a size 12 finger. An addition of a millimeter to the band’s width will compensate for roughly a 3 size increase. For example: your friend has a size 14 band that is 5 mm wide. If your size is 9, you might want to get a 3.5 mm band to achieve the same look.

It is important to know that the thickness of a wedding band directly correlates with the width, however, the thickness will affect your comfort - there is only so much metal that you can jam between the joints of your fingers before your fingers start to flare because they’re unable to stay closed.

 

Don’t Set Your Marriage to Expire

 

Remember the old days when a flapping dickey was the staple cliché of every vaudeville joke? Of course you don’t - you would have to be at least 150 years old! For those of you who have yet to celebrate the Granite Jubilee, I will explain: dickey (or tux front) is a backless false-front garment worn as a cheap alternative to a fully tailored shirt.

While saving money by buying half a shirt is not practiced today even by the most frugal of us, opting for a partially set wedding band is an illogical, yet very popular choice.

In my opinion, wearing a wedding band where the stones cover only half of its length has no meaning. A marriage is meant to last a lifetime -- an eternity that should not expire midway. An eternity band is meant to symbolize just that.

If you lack the funds to set your wedding band completely, I suggest buying a plain wedding band instead. Once you have gotten any other wedding expenses out of the way, get a right hand diamond wedding band to wear when the occasion calls for dressier attire.

Do you really want, by wearing a partially set wedding band, to announce to the whole world that you are chea...., well, ...very careful with your money.

 

Why Platinum?

 

Platinum is almost twice as dense as gold, it feels heavier and more substantial. In plain wedding bands, heavier is actually good. No, you don’t need to be a bodybuilder to lift your hand, but you will enjoy feeling the constant presence.

Is it hard? Here are some statistics for you:

The hardness of platinum and white gold alloys based on the Vickers scale (HV). A larger number indicates a harder metal. There is a significant difference in hardness between metal produced by casting and hand forged (cold worked metal )

  • 110 HV - Platinum- 5% Iridium  - extremely soft, used for casting only, not used in bench made jewelry

  • 135 HV - Platinum- Cobalt 4.5%  - soft alloy, used in cheaper, mass production

  • 130 HV - Platinum - 5.0% Ruthenium  - Casting, mass production

  • 150 HV - 18K yellow gold  - Casting

  • 190 HV - 18k Palladium white gold - casting

  • 210 HV - 18K yellow gold  - Hand forged, bench work, Leon Megé uses this alloy when the work in yellow metal is required

  • 216 HV - 18k Palladium white gold - hand forged (rarely done because platinum is better metal for almost every bench made piece.

  • 220-230 HV - Platinum - 5.0% Ruthenium - Hand forged, used for bench made custom jewelry. This is the alloy Leon Megé is using exclusively and all our jewelry is made from this alloy.

  • 220 HV - 18k Nickel white gold - dangerous alloy sometimes causing severe allergic reaction in people. Its use in jewelry outlawed in Europe.

  • 350 HV - 14k Nickel white gold - rock hard dangerous, allergy causing metal illegal in EU.

Platinum is truly an eternal metal. Its purity symbolizes the purity of marriage. Its color is neutral - no need to worry about matching the right colors. As you can see, the myth of white gold being harder than platinum is simply not true and is just perpetrated by ignorant, uneducated people and jewelers not shy to mislead a consumer in order to score a sale.

Here is what they fail to tell you about white gold wedding bands: white gold is not a metal of choice - it’s simply a substitute created to replace scarce platinum when it was considered a strategic asset during the war.

White gold, otherwise known as gray gold in the world of jewelry, is not truly white. It has a yellowish tint that is masked by covering (plating, dipping) it with extremely white Rhodium. Rhodium is also very hard, which initially helps to protect the surface of the ring from light scratches.

However once it wears off and deeper scratches chip away the thin layer the surface starts resembling an old painted wall with yellow stains and peeling wallpaper. By the way -  when someone claims to use a gold alloy so white that no rhodium plating is required, don’t forget to ask about the bridge they might have for sale.

Platinum in contrast does not require any plating (some jewelers not accustomed to selling platinum jewelry still insist on dipping it). Platinum, unlike gold, is a self burnishing metal. During wear, the metal is not lost, but gold jewelry is constantly shedding layer after layer.

Aged platinum has a dignified, noble look, unlike cheap-looking yellowing white gold. Once the initial polished platinum surface is uniformly scratched and dented, it settles into a stable state best described as a “shabby chic” look. It somewhat resembles an old but brightly shined piece of silverware; a glistening bright surface punctuated by microscopic dings.

It is worth anticipating this unique rustic look - it cannot be done artificially unless of course you hire a bunch of oompa-loompas to swat at your wedding band for a week with tiny hammers.

 

 

Plain Bands - Types of Finish

 

  1. Matte - technically is not a texture but rather condition. Usually done by applying “Tripoli” polishing compound to the polishing wheel and skipping the use of luster-producing finishing paste.

  2. Satin - a very fine and smooth finish resembling a surface of silk. Created by producing tiny individually non-distinguishable lines

  3. Brushed - as the name implies - parallel scratches brushed by a special rotating wheel or by hand by long one-directional strokes with different grades of sandpaper for different grades of coarseness

  4. Stone finish - a randomly coarsely dented surface with a granular feel. Typically produced by casting, it’s not a popular finish and is rarely used on platinum.

  5. Sabi - Japanese word for “beautiful” -- a very coarse finish done by grooving the surface with a cutting tool named so and popularized by Henry Dunay

  6. Florentine - sometimes described as a “poor man’s engraving” - a coarse pattern of crisscrossing lines. Rarely used today, and almost never used on platinum.

  7. Hammered finish - a rough finish imitating a crudely forged surface, in fine jewelry usually produced by adding facets one by one with a special cutting tool and not by hammering.

An acid finish is not a type of finish but rather a technology of applying a satin finish quickly to a large quantity of pieces at a time. As any industrial technology, it produced a finish that is too uniform and therefore looks artificial. It also uses harsh chemicals that are probably bad for the environment.

Wedding bands are available in several types of finish. The most obvious choice accounting for  92% of all plain wedding bands is bright polish. It is the best option to demonstrate the luxurious luster of hand forged platinum.

A brushed finish of different coarseness grades is usually only applied to the top surface. The inside of the ring still has a smooth polished surface. This is done to emphasize that the finish is not an accident, it is an element of the ring’s design, an intentional element of the visual presentation. There are different techniques to apply the finish, which are best described as “controlled scarrings” of the surface.

Please keep in mind that the definitions are not universal, don’t be surprised if someone’s satin is another designer’s stone finish. It’s customary to describe the finishes in the order from smoothest to coarsest.

 

 

 

Comparison of Wedding Ring Profiles or Shapes

 

A plain wedding band profile is the shape of its cross-section outline. In layman's terms - if you were to saw the band across and examine the shape, you would find subtle differences that define its look and feel. Sometimes low, medium and high dome bands are referred to as being light, medium, heavy, or extra-heavy weights.

  • D-shape high dome -  2 mm to 4 mm wide, approximately 1.2 to 1.5 mm high

  • D shape medium dome - 2.0 mm to 6 mm wide, approximately 1.6 to 2.0 mm high

  • D shape low dome  2.0 mm to 10mm wide, 2.1 to 2.5 mm

  • Round - from 1 to 2.5 mm in diameter.

  • Square

  • Rectangular - thickness ranging from 1 mm to 2 mm and any width desired. Rectangular court bands wider than 3 mm look better with a brushed finish.

  • Cushion (flattened oval) - for example “Lucida” by Tiffany

  • Concave (kidney bean) - very popular in Europe, less so in the US. it will catch up in few years

  • Oval -  low to medium dome profile rounded inside to match the curvature

  • Court - an oval profile with truncated sides - flat or slightly rounded

  • Knife edge - very thin bands with millgrain edge are used as “spacers”

When it comes to plain wedding bands, the ring width is the most important variable followed closely by the band profile. And while the band’s width is a usually easy to decide just by looking at the band, the choice of a  profile is a little trickier.

Dimensions

Wedding bands could be specified by using two measurements - height (sometimes referred to as depth) and width. Band thickness could be a reference to either dimension, but more likely it means width. A wedding band width could range from extremely thin (less than 1 mm in width) to extra wide bands as wide as 15 mm.

Height

Height refers to the measurement from the point where the band is touching the finger to the top of the band.  Medium is 1.7 mm, heavy is 2.1 mm and extra-heavy is 2.5 mm.

Width

The width of the ring is the amount of space along your finger that it covers. Almost all the rings we sell are between 2.0 mm and 10.0 mm. The width can affect the comfort of the ring, and even the size needed, as a wider ring means more skin is displaced. If you're wearing a wedding ring with an engagement ring, consider the width of the two rings together – you may need to adjust the ring size.

 

 

 

Comfort Fit

 

Leon Mege illustration comparison of comfort fit vs Standard flat wedding band profile

Comfort fit is a reference to the ring’s rounded inner surface that will not pinch the skin of the finger during constant wear. The idea is to standardize the curvature on uncomfortably flat “pipe-cut” machined wedding bands so they slide on easier and feel more comfortable during everyday wear, as the name suggests.

This is something that a purchaser of a bench made wedding band usually takes for granted - finely chamfered edges and smooth polish. A fine bench-made ring would not have to be “comfort fitted” - it’s always made to slip easily onto a finger and stay there without giving its owner any trouble.

In a world where a majority of the world’s most sacred symbols of fidelity and love are made by robots, there is a need for a term describing an upgrade from a poorly machined wedding band to a more “comfortable” one. Several degrees of comfort fit are being peddled. "Light comfort fit" may only be very slightly rounded on the inside, "heavy comfort fit" has a deeper curve. The regular comfort fit is claimed to be somewhere in between.

 

Milgrain Edge Explained

 

A decorative border consisting of a single or multiple milgrained lines sometimes is added to a plain wedding band. It’s important to understand that milgrain is a form of serrated edge, however a classic plain wedding band does not have an edge. The edge could be created by adding a deep groove running along the ring’s edge. Thus the band is visually divided into three parts - two serrated knife edge borders and plain or textured domed center. The higher the dome the more pronounced the separation and sharper the edge.

There are numerous ways to apply milgrain:

  • Using hand rolled milgrain is very common technique used by diamond setters and engravers to quickly add a lacy decoration to any edge. There are different sizes of milgrain - thin edges call for smaller beads. Milgrain tool sizes range from #1 to #15 (0.1 mm wide to 1.5 mm wide).

  • In tight spots milgrain is fashioned one bead at a time using a sharp graver.

  • A hand cranked Millrite milgrain apparatus designed to apply millgrain patterns, using both French and lathe millgrain tools, on wedding bands is a lathe/vise combination for skill-challenged craftspeople around the globe.

  • Imitation milgrain is produced by using an imprint of a hand-rolled milgrain or a computer-generated pattern in a rubber mold to cast it.

Milgrain edge wedding bands are a bit old fashioned and have a super conservative connotation. More George Bush than Bill Clinton.

The proper name is spelled “millegrain” or “millegraine,” but in true American fashion the name was shortened to simply “millgrain” or “milgrain.” It’s not translated from French. The French word for milgrain is “grisant”- meaning “dull,” “shaded,” or “greyed out” referring to the dull appearance of the edge as opposed to bright polished surface.

Sometimes milgrain is referred to as “coin edge” which is very similar, but due to the relatively large width it has grooves instead of beads and produced by using industrial-size machines.

Urban myth #1 - millgrain does not translate to “a thousand grains.” Milgrain is short for “milled beads” or “imprint of grains,” a row of tiny semi-spheres produced by rolling a special tool along the sharp edge to blunt it, conceal uneven spots and easily enhance its appearance.

Urban myth #2 - milgrain is created by soldering tiny beads together. Granulation - an ancient technology revived only recently does make use of assembling decorative patterns out of tiny gold beads. It has no relationship to milgrain which is a form of engraving as described above.

Urban myth #3 - milgraining is not called “knurling.” A diamond-shaped (criss-cross) pattern is cut or rolled into metal to assure a better grip is called knurling. When someone suggests knurling for your wedding band - run, but be careful - you might be on thin ice. Next thing you know you’ll be playing hockey with a broom.

 

Hand Engraving a Message

 

Wedding bands give us a memory of a singular precious moment in a very special way: through the quality of our work, an unparalleled elegance of Leon Megé bench work, and legendary sophistication of our wedding band profiles. Leon Megé is pleased to immortalize this special occasion by giving our customers the opportunity of customizing each wedding band with a timeless engraving.

We will do our best to engrave your entire endearment, but please keep in mind that there is a limited amount of space. We can not engrave an entire book, just a small phrase or some dates. Hand engraving is different from cheap machine engraving. There are two options - block letters or script. If you are thinking different fonts, you are thinking machine engraving.

Total customization is the goal of Leon Megé’s renowned attention to every detail, each ring embodies distinguished emotions and a personal story.

The art of creating a decoration by incising a  pattern of grooves onto a surface of metal or gemstones is called “engraving”. The professional who does engraving is called a “hand engraver” and the special tool made of tempered steel the hand engraver uses is called a “graver” (French - “burin” or an “échoppe”, German - “Stichel”). To add to the confusion a powered version of an engraving tool - “Graver Max” - a graver on steroids of sorts is used sometimes. Graver Max is not used to make inscription, only to remove excess metal. Precise work on such a microscopic scale is a challenge, very few people are capable of such meticulous work.

 

Hand Engraving a Pattern

 

As any surface of any piece of jewelry, it’s possible to engrave a design or a pattern on any surface of a wedding band. It’s usually done to make a wedding band look antique.

Machine engraving looks cheap and is best when used to engrave trophies and dog collars.

A hand engraving is a beautiful albeit expensive way to make your wedding band special, however doing it is probably wasteful - after prolonged wear the engraving could wear off completely or become so burnished beat up that the remains of the engraving will be a detriment to the wedding band’s beauty instead of an asset.

 

Personalizing

 

As a novelty feature we can make a natural or a digitally enhanced mold of your partner’s fingerprint and use the pattern to cover the entire surface of your wedding band or just a part of it. Or, if your ego demands, you can use your own fingerprint. For high contrast we recommend using antiqued white gold or darkened silver instead of platinum.

We can set any number of secret stones (small gemstones or diamonds burnished inside the band) imitating birthstones - some birthstones such as emeralds, etc, cannot be used due to their softness, however a harder green stone such as tsavorite could serve as a substitute.

A gemstone with a special meaning such as a birthstone could be set into a plain wedding band.

Wedding bands that are too opulent, lavishly designed, or set with colored gemstones are not considered traditional.

 

 

Flexible Bands

 

It’s not uncommon to hear men complaining that a wedding band feels uncomfortable when they try different bands. No wonder - men are usually not accustomed to wearing jewelry, and the wedding band is the first ring they’ve ever tried. Do not mistake that reaction for their unreadiness to get married - they are simply being what most men are - big babies. And when a baby encounters something new it usually cries. As you know, the cries will soon be replaced by curious exploration and later by subdued joy. Just give us some time.

While attending a black tie dinner or mixing it up in a bar brawl, a flexible wedding band will keep a finger comfortable. A flexible wedding band is geared for a modern man who works with his hands. A flexible wedding band will not hurt the finger while lifting a bag of trash or carrying groceries. Statistics show that men wearing flexible wedding bands are performing domestic chores twice as often as opposed to the owners of rigid bands.

Comfortable, yet hardly noticeable to the eye, the hinges connect the ring's multiple sections. There are two distinct varieties - bands resembling traditional flat or domed wedding band with hidden hinges or a watch bracelet type of flex bands.

 

Spacers

 

Very thin, flat bands, are more likely to have knife-edge shape and are used sometimes as protectors to separate a delicate micro pave wedding band from an engagement ring to avoid damage to either one.

You can think of them as glorified washers - they are not meant to be seen and the knife edge is the best option for concealing the spacer.

But in a stack of micro pave bands, the spacer might find its home as the element breaking the monotony of pave.

 

Stackable Wedding Bands

 

Any band, by definition, could be used in a stack, but the most popular stacks are assembled from thin micro pave bands such as our original and still unsurpassed “String” bands. The advantage of buying multiple bands as opposed to a single large one is obvious - your choices are much more flexible By mixing and matching, you have a large number of options suited to your outfit or your mood. You also have another kind of flexibility - no need to spend a large amount at once, you can just buy additional bands at any intervals of time.

Currently, stacked wedding bands is a popular trend, a sort of fresh take on the traditional wedding band, popular among attention-grabbing celebrities. Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and LeAnn Rimes are among those who were recently spotted wearing stacks. While following celebrity trends is an idea that makes Leon Megé cringe (after all having an ability to act does not guarantee a good taste in jewelry), these beautiful ladies seem to be on top of the very fashionable wave.

Stackable wedding bands are fantastic; guaranteed to be met with approval and joy, they are a sure bet when you ran out of gift ideas.

 

Curved Wedding Bands

 

Could also be called “fitted band,” “molded band,” “custom shaped,” and “wave band.” A special wedding band with a curved section allowing it to fit flush next to the engagement ring could be plain or set with diamonds. When I am asked of my opinion on the subject of fitted wedding bands, the first thing that almost slips off my tongue is a Wizard of Oz quote: “We're not in Kansas anymore..” And we also live in the 21st century.

Sometimes called “fitted wedding band” this aesthetically challenged option is available to all Leon Megé clients who dare to ask for it. We definitely would like to discourage getting one (or two) of these useless creatures because of they:

  • defeat the main purpose of the wedding band - to signal the world that you are married by blending with the engagement ring completely

  • are unusable as a stand-alone ring - It could be worn only as a part of a set.

  • alter the look of an otherwise beautiful ring and usually to the worse

Instead of asking how long you’ve been married, people will ask you why your diamond is not centered properly on the ring. The curved wedding band blends with your ring and the result looks crooked.

 

Wedding Band Jackets

 

A ring jacket is also called a ring wrap, ring enhancer, or ring guard. It’s a relatively old fashion concept whose time has long passed. A typical jacket consists of two custom fit wedding bands (see above) connected in a way that an engagement ring could be dropped right in the middle of it creating a “cocktail ring” style look.

A wedding band jacket is a ring jacket meant to be used as a wedding band. Bad idea - stop living in the 60’s

There is a number of reasons why people buy jackets:

  • to act as a wedding band

  • to protect the engagement ring and make it spinless

  • to add a lavish optional look to a plain engagement ring for those occasions where you need to show off your bling

  • a jacket is a more affordable option than having the engagement ring reset

  • to update the look of a ring without an upgrade that is sentimental or unique

  • to mark an anniversary or renewal of wedding vows, the extra layers of glitter symbolizing the years spent together.

Wedding Band-Engagement Ring Combo

The wearing of a delicate micro pave wedding bands next to an engagement ring should be discouraged. Read the full story here.

 

Wedding Ring Sets

Thank God that the very European fad of couples wearing perfectly matched wedding bands has not reached our shores yet. Next thing you know we will all be marching in Hugo Boss uniforms and saluting each other by extending our right arms at 30 degree angles.

 

Squared Wedding Band

Touted as a more comfortable option to a traditional round wedding band, square bands are an option for those men who listen to Steely Dan music. Are you really that different from all of us -round wedding band loving people? If yes, we’ll be happy to make one for you.

 

 

Cartier Rolling (Trinity) Bands

 

A band based on a knot theory entity - Brunnian link is a set of linked circles that becomes unlinked if one circle is removed. In short, it’s a dumbed down version of a puzzle ring first making its appearance in Asia over 2000 years ago. The legend has it that in 1918 Jean Cocteau saw a dream about Saturn’s rings, and asked his friend Louis Cartier to make them into jewelry. Marketed in 1924, the Trinity Ring found instant success. Of course this legend is another Cartier myth perpetrated by marketing muscle of the only surviving participant of Cartier - Faberge rivalry. Louis should be thanking comrades Lenin and Trotsky for taking care his sworn enemy Karl Faberge who actually was making and selling traditional Russian trinity wedding rings for decades before Jean Cocteau smoked enough opium to come up with the story.

The ring is made by interconnecting differently colored gold bands. Each band connected to the other two - when the ring is put on a finger it slides on with unexpected ease - each band effortlessly gliding over the next one. Three individual bands are each symbolizing a different stage of a relationship: white for friendship, pink for love, and yellow for fidelity.

Versions of the ring containing more than three bands seemed to be too bulky and uncomfortable. Aside from the plain traditional version other popular versions are:

  • Each band set with single row of diamonds in bright cut pave

  • Each band is channel set with round diamonds

  • Bands branded on top with "Cartier" logo

  • Each band set with three rows of micro pave

  • A few diamonds sprinkled (burnished) randomly

  • Each band set with diamonds each opening shaped like a star (seems to me H.Stern -- the jeweler has a legitimate copyright issue with this design...)

Because of the design the ring has to be tried on - a ring stick cannot be used to measure the size correctly.

Cheap generic versions of “Cartier inspired” bands are sold everywhere, but we suggest a getting a genuine version from Cartier-authorized retailer instead.

 

Mokume Gane Wedding Bands

 

Japanese: mokume - wood grain and gane - metal.

A highly specialized technique of imitating wood-like texture on a metal surface using different metals fused together with heat and pressure. The laminate composed of various metals or alloys are forged, bent, carved and finished to produce uniquely patterned metal stock. This stock is used in jewelry making.

mokume gane wedding band by leon mege illustration il duomo milano

Just like wood graining is caused by naturally alternating harder and softer layers of wood, the faux wood pattern in mokume gane is due to each metal’s different physical properties - hardness, toughness,  resistance to corrosion, etc. Each layer is clearly visible on the surface when the alternating layers have different colors (such as white silver and yellow gold). When the metals are close in color the visibility is caused by the difference in the rate of metal loss during polishing or acidic corrosion.

When visiting Milano’s famous Il Duomo, please pay attention to the marble inlay on the floor tiles. Over hundreds of years the white marble, which is softer than black inlay, wore off much more, forming basso rilievo. The same effect on a mokume gane surface is produced by polishing it with abrasive paste.Denbei Shoami, a Japanese metalsmith, is credited with inventing mokume and using it for the decoration of samurai swords transitioned from being a weapon into the status symbol of a warrior. Japanese codes of honor would not allow him to take credit for someone else’s invention. But if he hadn't lived in 17th century Japan, and rather, let’s say, for example, 20th century Odessa, Ukraine, we would not be so sure.

There are numerous craftsmen specializing in mokume gane, Leon Megé is not one of them. If you are interested in a mokume gane wedding band Google it and you’ll be able to find an artist who works exclusively in this technique. Do not buy cheap machine-made imitations - they are worthless and tacky.

 

 

Puzzle Ring

 

A puzzle ring is a ring made from disfigured linked rings that can only be packed tightly together when turned in a certain way following a predetermined sequence of steps. Once the rings have been dislodged from their places, it is up to the wearer to solve the puzzle. Sort of first-century version of an “Angry Birds” game.

Puzzle rings are an ancient invention, dating at least 2000 years but most likely much further. Like everything else in the East, they still are very much in fashion and to this day puzzle, rings are popular wedding bands in some countries you’re probably better off not visiting. However if travel to Damascus is in your future, I encourage you to pick one up at Souk El-Hamidiyeh shopping center.

And pick up a scoop of ice cream at the famous Bakdash while you are there. A puzzle ring could be very practical - sultans and sheiks used to require each of their wives to wear a puzzle ring to guarantee her fidelity. Try it and get back to me with the results.

Puzzle rings first appeared on the European continent during the Renaissance. They are not commonly used as wedding bands in the US or in Europe.

Directions for solving rings’ puzzles are usually supplied. Solving a puzzle ring requires patience but reading the mind-numbing directions requires even more patience. Forcing, compressing, or bending the ring will make it unusable. Assembling the puzzle ring could be a neat party trick, no doubt met with a sitting (or laying down) ovation at any nursing home where it’s more appropriate to perform.

 

 

Titanium, Ceramic, Tungsten Steel and other Novelties

 

Novelty products with a cool modernistic look and so cheap you want to marry a few more times just to enjoy the bargain. If you are on a shoestring budget it might seem like a cool idea at first.

Usually sold by the pound at trade fairs they might set you back $20-30 at a retail store.

Great option if you:
  • are a convict

  • invested with Bernie Madoff

  • have a mail order bride

  • are paying alimony to your first three wives

  • a type of a person who decides to lose weight in order to improve car mileage

 

Pre-owned (Used) Wedding Band

 

The Most likely cause of a wedding band being offered for sale is someone’s failed marriage.

While we all know that curses and luck are just silly superstitions. Would you like to spend your entire life proving it wrong?

 

Wedding Ring Habits of Powerful Men

 

Mr. Obama’s wedding band is a thick, carved gold band from Indonesia, where he lived from age six to ten.

Prince Charles wears a gold wedding ring under a signet ring on the little finger of his left hand, which was given to him by the Duchess of Cornwall - another royal tradition

Prince William has decided not to wear a wedding ring following his marriage to Kate Middleton - this kid is a player!

I have no idea what type of wedding band Nixon, Kennedy, Bush, or Clinton wore. If someone knows, please email me.