In 1872 Ferdinand J. Herpers patented the prong setting for the Tiffany Company, who had introduced it as the “Tiffany Setting” in 1886.
It is an embrace of a setting, the prongs used in a similar way to how we use the fingers of our hands.
At SWR, we’re always amazed at how different one prong-set ring looks from another. Recently, we’ve moved away from a simple pin-mounted setting. We like to use a prong setting laser-welded to a metal ring inlay. as you’ll see below. We find they’re stronger that way, and quite striking.
rosewood, garnet, patina’d gold<
walnut, client-provided raw diamond
dark bogwood, moissanite, mother of pearl inlay
rosewood, topaz, opal inlay
rosewood and steel, moissanite
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There’s something about this ring that reminds us of the magical, the mythical, the fairy tale, the legendary. It’s a ring that unlocks, that graces a hero, that signifies unseen strength and depth.
It reminds us of the feeling you get in your chest, the embrace and tension, right before doing good: committing acts of kindness, making other peoples’ lives better in some small or large way. It’s the enjoyment of humanity and the collective.
Yes, we admit it. We are total and utter Romantic ring nerds. And we’re proud.
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No one ever wants glitter.
We wish someone would!
Or perhaps ground pyrite (fool’s gold), shimmering under the finish as it would in the fast currents of the creek.
Fool’s gold itself (image by Didier Descouens, via Wikipedia
At the studio, one of us remembers discovering a chunk of pyrite during a creek walk at Pilgrim Hills. She was five at the time, and only beginning to understand the idea of currency. Fishing it up from the sandy bottom, she hollered: “We’re rich!” Like Scrooge McDuck or Donald Trump. Her mother giggled a bit, had to explain as they walked home that though the rock was beautiful, it wasn’t gold. Their bank balance would remain the same. They would have to skip a lazy backstroke through a room-sized vault of doubloons. They watched a whitetail deer mince along the treeline. “But it’s still really beautiful,” her mother said. “You should keep it on your windowsill where it’ll reflect the light.”
At Simply Wood Rings, we work with this kind of beauty: the natural, the authentic. Sure: money helps us all live in our contemporary lives, but natural beauty feeds a different part. This is why we love doing what we do. We’re not only spellbound but inspired by our materials, their past lives, their journeys. They reflect our own evolutions as people on a planet full of uncountable types and forms of beauties.
Seashore’s Muse: Rosewood and Mother of Pearl
Consider: that we want our rings to call attention to this kind of natural wealth.
Consider: that for us, they do.
Be it glitter or pyrite or fossil or ancient woods.
Wishing you some beauty today, wherever you may find it.