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For brides and grooms who love sentimental things, let us direct your attention to something so sentimental it just might make your heart melt. The latest trend igniting sparks in the wedding industry is DIY wedding rings. Jewelry studios across the United States are allowing couples to create each other’s wedding bands, which not only ensures you’re getting a one-of-a-kind piece of bridal bling, but each ring is packed with personality, love, and is born from a truly invaluable experience.

Stephanie Selle, a Port Townsend, Washington-based jeweler, started her DIY wedding ring business, With These Rings, in 2012 after she and her husband partook in the ritual themselves.

“Making each others rings became such a special memory in preparing for our big day,” Selle writes on the With These Rings website. “Now when I look at my ring finger I see more than a symbol of our commitment, I also see the love and effort that we put into making our rings.”

She now helps other couples hand-craft physical symbols of their love using 100% recycled precious metals like yellow and rose gold, palladium, and silver.

Each jeweler has their own process for guiding soon-to-be wedded couples through the creative process. Selle recommends couples research how they’d like their rings to look before booking a workshop time. She offers several links to existing examples, as well as metal, engraving, and band width options.

Once couples have a good idea of what they’re looking for, they can book a private workshop time at Selle’s studio. Workshops usually last around 3 to 5 hours, depending on the intricacy of the rings, and each ring is priced accordingly to the metals, stones, and techniques used to craft it.

The Smithery, located in Columbus, Ohio, follows a similar protocol. Their workshops usually run around 7 hours and include consultation and private instruction with an experienced jeweler, digital photos documenting your process, and a light lunch and bubbly is also part of the package — now it’s a party!

DIY wedding rings have recently made headlines thanks to model Emily Ratajkowski, who received a handmade gold engagement band from her now-husband Sebastian Bear-McClard. She and Bear-McClard were guided through the smelting and shaping process by a jeweler in Midtown in New York City.

Ratajkowski told Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon in April that their decision to make the ring was a spur of the moment thing, and that it was only meant to be a temporary placeholder for a more glam adornment. But, because the experience was so memorable and sentimental, she has since grown attached to the piece of jewelry and now wears it alongside her new (ahem, massive) engagement ring.

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The process of physically making the ring starts with choosing a metal and cutting it to size. Selle explains via a video on the With These Rings website, the metal then must be softened with a torch, formed into a circlet, and the seam must be soldered. Then shaping, sanding, filing, and buffing happens until the ring reaches imperfect perfection.

If the handmade, hammered look isn’t quite your thing, some jewelers, like Sam Abbay of New York Wedding Ring, offer a wide array of different styles couples can choose from and be guided through creating. Along with the classic hammered and polished bands, Abbay can help you make a twisted ring, rings with liners and inlays, or even rings will custom stones set into the band.

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Making your own wedding rings is certainly a break from modern tradition and harkens back to a much simpler time in history. But for couples looking to add a little extra heart to their relationship and create lasting memories that can be physically passed down to generations to come, DIY wedding bands offer a sentimental touch that money just can’t buy.

Written by: Olivia Harvey
Photo via With These Rings