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Make Your Own Wedding Rings

Your wedding rings are a symbol of your love, why not make them extra special and create your own?

Couples crrat wedding ring workshop

Our ‘Couples Create” experience is a practical jewellery workshop to handcraft your own wedding rings. No experience or creative skills are required as you’ll be guided every step of the way through the jewellery making process with your own skilled and friendly jeweller for the day.
‘Couples Create’ starts with an initial design consultation where we discuss the options available to you, and the process involved. We order the materials needed for your wedding rings and book in a suitable time. Workshops take approx 5 hours and are limited to one couple per workshop. Light refreshments are provided and a few snap shots of your day at the bench.

Packages Available

Simply Gold - $299 per person

make your own wedding rings

The Simply Gold experience includes a pre-fabricated strip of gold, processes involve the soldering process, shaping, filing, sanding, polishing guided by your own jeweller to complete your special rings. This option is available with yellow or white gold materials. (Materials excluded, enquire for a quote. Final cost will depend on the weight of your ring on the day.)

make your own wedding rings
  • Free Design Consultation (via Skype if you are out of town)
  • Exclusive use of our workshop with one-on-one instruction.
  • Digital photos documenting your day.
  • 10% off any purchases made in store the day of your workshop 
  • Local Lunch, light refreshments, tea and coffee.
  • Ring box

Melt & Make - $365 per person

The Make and Melt experience starts completely from scratch where together we melt gold granules in a crucible and pour into an ingot. Using the rolling mills your ring will start taking shape. Processes include soldering, annealing, filing, sanding, texturing or polishing. Along the way we talk about your exciting plans for the big day. This option is only available for yellow gold rings.(Materials excluded, enquire for a quote. Final cost will depend on the weight of your ring on the day)

  • Free Design Consultation (via Skype if you are out of town)
  • Exclusive use of our workshop with one-on-one instruction.
  • 10% off any purchases made in store the day of your workshop
  • Digital photos documenting your day. 
  • Local Lunch, light refreshments, tea and coffee.
  • Ring box

    Feel free to ask us for a customized workshop experience if you have different requirements. Send us an email!

    An example of material cost

    Example 1: 3mm wide ladies half round band and 5mm wide half round gents band in 9ct yellow gold in average ring sizes would cost in materials $1169  (August 2021) 

    Example 2: 3mm wide half round ladies band and 5mm wide half round gents band in 18ct yellow gold in average ring sizes would cost in materials $3265 (August 2021) 

      Interested? Click here to fill out the enquiry form and we'll send you a quote for your rings!

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      Optional Extras

      In addition to the workshop fee are the cost of materials and any additional services we provide (i.e. stone setting or engraving for example)  We can estimate these extra costs for you during the design consultation. Any techniques or processes outside the scope of the typical workshop may require additional fees and time commitment, will will advise you of this and please don't hesitate to call or email if you have any questions. We will ensure the best possible professional end result, making your wedding rings is an experience you'll never forget. We know you will cherish your rings much more than any you can purchase at a store. Check out the video below....

       

      Click on image to read about Couples Create in this stuff article...
      Article about wedding ring workshop at Jewel Beetle

       

      Don't take our word for it, read the reviews from some of our happy couples...

       

       Lisa & Ollie - Nelson

      Couples create wedding rings Lisa and Olly

      "After almost a year of searching for the perfect wedding ring we had pretty much given up, we wanted something clean, simple and elegant but unique too. We had all but given up on the idea of something completely individual until Yvonne and Ali at Jewel Beetle Nelson shared their expertise and helped us to create something completely special and one of a kind. We cannot recommend this package enough! Where else can you cast your wedding rings as a couple? We had such an amazing 5 hours at Jewel Beetle and just cant express what a fantastic one of a kind experience this is!"

      Nicole and Mark - Wellington  

      Couples create wedding rings Mark and Nicole
      "The Jewel Beetle Wedding Ring workshop was an amazing experience. We live in the Wairarapa and came to Nelson for the weekend to make our own wedding bands. Fun from the very start from making our own designs, melting the materials and slowly seeing the rings take shape, from molding to cutting, filing and lastly polishing the rings will be absolutely unique and just that much more precious, considering you have made them yourselves. And you get awesome memories to go along with the rings. On top of that, Yvon was a great host, patient with our, I am sure in her eyes, slow speed, explain all the steps along the way and putting on a nice lunch as well from the bakery next door. We have told all our friends about this experience and would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone, as it is simply an unforgettable day"

      Pip & Cliff - Nelson

      Couples create wedding rings Mark and Nicole
      "We thoroughly enjoyed the specialness of creating our very own rings. Being able to choose what type of gold, the shape, width, design and then actually and do the process has made our wedding rings truly  unique and given us lasting memories of a wonderful day. We waited 28 years to decide to get rings to acknowledge our marriage - and now realize the wait was well worth it to have chosen such special jewellery items. Thank you Yvon for your patience and personalized teaching as we created these truly memorable and precious rings. We wear them with pride and feel so fortunate to be able to say we actually made them!"

       

      HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE THE RINGS?

      In general it takes about 5 hours depending on the design and ability of the couple on the bench. We usually start the workshop around 9am but for couples driving or flying in from outside Nelson we can be flexible.

      WILL I MAKE MY OWN RING OR MY PARTNERS RING?

      The choice is up to you but most couples opt to make rings for each other.

      CAN WE TAKE OUR RINGS HOME AT THE END OF THE WORKSHOP?

      Yes, unless you want extra work done to your rings like gemstones or engraving you get to take your rings home at the end of the workshop. If extra work like stone setting is required this will be advised on the day and is dependent on the workload at the time.

      I HAVE NEVER MADE JEWELLERY BEFORE, WILL THIS WORKSHOP BE SUITABLE?

      You don’t need any special skills as we will guide you through the process step by step. So far we have not had a couple that have not successfully finished their rings by themselves. I had a young man who accidentally took a small nic out of the side of his band with the file. I offered to fix it up for him but he refused saying ”I put it there and it reminds me that I actually made the ring!”

      IS IT SAFE IN THE WORKSHOP?

      Yes. We will provide you with your own apron for the day and safety glasses. Before you start we will run you through the safety procedures and at no time will you be alone in the workshop, a trained jeweller will always be supervising what you are doing. We also send out information prior to your workshop and advise couples to wear closed-in shoes and hair tied back.

      How much of my ring do I actually make?

      We will demonstrate techniques and show you how to use the tools and which tools to use but as much as possible it will be you making the rings! The only time we will have more involvement is during the melting process. You will both be holding the torches and melting your gold in the crucible but your jeweller for the day will do the actual pouring into the small opening of the ingot. The only other time close supervision is needed is when your ring needs soldering. You will be holding the torch while we add the solder and make sure your hard work will not result in another melt!

      CAN WE SET STONES IN OUR RINGS?

      If you would like stones set into your band we can make sure when we help you create your ring that the shape and size is suitable. Stone setting is time consuming and technically advanced for the workshop therefore we will finish your ring for you at a later stage with whatever stone you have chosen. There will be an additional cost for this service.

      CAN WE USE SILVER TO MAKE OUR WEDDING RINGS?

      No, sorry we don’t offer this option for our couples create workshop. Since your wedding rings are designed to stand the test of time we prefer to use more durable precious metals. However, if you do want silver rings why not join one of our ‘Ring Fling’ workshops!

      CAN WE USE PLATINUM TO MAKE OUR OWN WEDDING RINGS?

      Sorry no. Working with platinum is very specialized, and requires special equipment and tools. As it is a very dense metal it requires three times the amount of time for sanding and polishing and requires a skilled jeweller for optimum results.

      WHY CAN’T WE USE WHITE GOLD FOR THE ‘MELT AND MAKE’ WORKSHOP?

      White gold often has Platinum or Palladium added, which is more difficult to melt and pour. To make sure this is a pleasant and successful day we have decided to only offer white gold for the ‘Simply Gold’ package.

      CAN WE BRING OUR OWN GOLD?

      Due to the unpredictability of melting gold from scrap we prefer to use new refined gold when we create rings with you. If potential problems arise with your reused gold half way during the workshop you may find your creation is cracked or pitted. We would have to start the entire process again or leave you with an inferior ring which is not a satisfactory outcome.

      DO YOU RUN COUPLES CREATE WORKSHOP IN THE EVENINGS OR ON A SUNDAY?

      Evenings, sorry no. It’s a 5 hour workshop and after a day's work is too exhausting! For safety reasons too, when you are tired that is usually when mistakes get made!

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