Circle of Love
Belinda and Jennifer display cups of metal fragments that will form their rings.
The Wedding Ring Process It is a precise process, Jay explains, beginning when he shows couples a tray of sample rings. Jay says, “I discuss many options involving shapes, widths, textures or special elements they want to incorporate into their rings.” Jennifer Spearel and Belinda Romero of San Diego, who made their rings in September 2008, explain that this was one of their favorite parts of the workshop. “Jay Whaley greeted us in such a warm and open way and he encouraged us to be creative, laugh and enjoy the day.” One decision that Jennifer and Belinda, and other couples, have to immediately make concerns the metal to be used. Lewis explains, “Precious metal jewelry is manufactured from three main families of metals: gold, platinum and silver.” (Please see sidebar for more information.) He adds that gold can be further broken down into three favorites: yellow, white and colored gold, and that the platinum family includes palladium, rhodium and platinum. Randall and Victor, who chose making their own rings as a sentimental, meaningful mutual act to demonstrate their
commitment to each other, had the idea for their metals and design prior to arrival. “Quite simply, Randall says, “it was a white gold ring, sandwiched between two thin yellow gold rings, signifying the unification (the white gold) of two individuals (the two smaller outside gold rings).” James Daniels and Scott Colvin of La Mesa, together 7 years, had a different experience when creating their rings in 2005. “We did not have a design idea,” James says. “Instead we solicited ideas from Jay Whaley and made our decision based on his expert advice.” Jim and Scott decided on “simple” bands of 18k white gold in a hammered finish. “We identified with that idea,” James says, “because we live our lives with simplicity in mind. We chose the hammered finish because it symbolized the craftsman look and like all craftsmen you must work with your hammer in order to build your house, like building your relationship. ...Not to mention it has a shimmering finish.” For Jennifer and Belinda the experience began a bit differently. Jennifer explains, “We started with two little cups of platinum and had no idea what the final design would look like.” Jason Ray and Gregory Clune of San Diego, together 9 years, discovered the concept for