[Devotion to Rings] Forged Wedding Rings with Engraved Patterns
Engraved Pattern Wedding Rings
Engraving on rings involves using a tool called a chisel to add patterns or letters to the surface of the ring.
Known as "engraving," this technique includes the traditional Japanese "wabori" and the Western engraving (incisione) that originated in Florence, Italy. The image shows the process of Western engraving.
The Fusion of Engraving and Forging
Within ith's forged ring collection, there are two wedding rings that utilize engraving techniques. One features the motif of the laurel tree, symbolic of the "family tree," and the other has a sparkling pattern covering its surface.
These strong rings, made by hammering metal to compact it, are home to the delicate and glamorous craftsmanship.
The engraved pattern, using a technique reminiscent of brush strokes with varying thickness, is highlighted with a hairline finish to make the lines stand out on its matte surface. This luxurious creation combines machine technology for forging and cutting the ring's base with the artisanal skill of hand-carving each pattern individually.
The engraved pattern, once applied to the ring's surface, cannot be redone, adding a sense of tension to the work. Unlike machine-engraved lines, each stroke and pattern is infused with the artisan's sentiments, offering a design that exudes the warmth and feel of handcrafting.
The addition of milgrain decoration along the edges of the ring brings a crisp, uniform series of beads that enhance the ring's definition.
Upon closer inspection, the ring's surface sparkles with a regularly arranged lattice pattern. Carving this pattern requires patience, repeatedly applying hand pressure to engrave the ring's surface using a chisel designed for Western engraving, featuring a fine grooved tip.
After engraving the lattice pattern across the width of the "Reticolo" ring, a diamond cutting machine is used to shave down the sides in a cutting process, creating mirror-finished edges that contrast with the engraved center for a refined and sleek appearance.
A well-maintained diamond cutting machine enables the creation of straight and precise cuts down to 0.1mm, a task impossible to achieve by hand alone.
The "Reticolo" collection is crafted through a meticulous process that alternates between machine operation and handcrafting at different stages.
Mastering the Techniques of Forging, Cutting, and Engraving
The techniques used in the forging collection require daily practice to master.
Forging involves shaping metal into a ring while conversing with the material, cutting requires understanding the quirks of the lathe machine and selecting the right cutting tool, and engraving begins with creating the chisel itself to achieve a beautiful line on the ring. Each skill is not something that can be learned overnight but requires consistent effort over time.
The forged collection, filled with the artisan's skill, is lovingly crafted by human hands, making it fitting for the special item that a wedding ring is.
Concierge, Ayu Takahashi