Wedding season is here and this is typically our busiest time of the year for making wedding rings for our customers. If you are searching for a unique symbol of your love and commitment, our handmade inlay wedding rings are a great choice. All of our rings are created by hand in our Arizona jewelry studio using only the finest materials and craftsmanship. We offer a wide range of inlay stone choices including turquoise, dinosaur bone, black onyx and lab created opal and many other colorful stones with or without colorful gemstones to accent the inlay. Take a minute to browse through our website www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com and check out our wedding ring designs and keep in mind that any of the ring designs you see on our site can be made in sterling silver, yellow or white gold, stainless steel or platinum. Many of our customers choose our dinosaur bone bands as their wedding rings with our turquoise wedding rings being a close second. We have a variety of dinosaur bone colors to choose from ranging from grays to reds. What could be more unique than a dinosaur bone wedding ring! Our wedding ring designs are made to order in your specific ring size, inlay stone choice and metal selection so we will need 4 to 6 weeks of lead time to get your rings completed in time. All of our rings are available in his and hers, hers and hers, and his and his wedding sets. If by chance you don’t see exactly the ring you are looking for, contact us about making the custom wedding ring of your dreams.
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You Don’t Have to Compromise on Your Wedding Ring Choices
After years of working with customers to create their dream wedding rings, we have found that many couples are compromising on the most important piece of jewelry they will ever wear. Not necessarily compromising because of cost, but because of the differing personal tastes of the couples. Many couples come to us and are interested in matching wedding bands but struggle to agree on the style, shape, width and stone choices. Usually one of the individuals is more conservative and the idea of purchasing a wedding ring as nontraditional as an inlay ring is already stretching the limits of their comfort zone. While the other partner may be more outgoing and looking for a wedding ring that is big and bold and not at all what the other person would choose.
Why compromise and end up with a wedding ring set that is really not exactly what either one of you want? We suggest that each person select the ring style that they will love and will be excited to wear for the rest of their lives together. We can then work with the couple to choose elements that will tie the rings together. The rings can be different widths or styles and still share the same central gemstones such as white sapphires or the same inlay such as turquoise or dinosaur bone that will unify the set. Many couples are choosing wedding bands in different widths because maybe one likes a wider look and the other a narrow ring width. They may choose to have us inlay the rings in totally different colors of the same type of stone. Many men like our darker gray dinosaur bone and choose it for the inlay in their ring while some women feel our dinosaur bone with pink hues is more their style. Although the inlay stones are totally different colors, both of the rings are inlaid in dinosaur bone and make a great looking wedding ring set.
The point is, don’t feel like you are limited in your wedding ring choices because of what is popular or traditional. These are your wedding rings that you will wear for a long time and they should not compromise your personality or individuality. Browse our Hileman wedding rings and wedding ring sets and let us work with you to create wedding rings that are uniquely you.
Do We Really Use Dinosaur Bones?
Most of us know a little about the history and extinction of dinosaurs, but not as many people know that dinosaur fossils are still found all over the world. The survival of dinosaur bones lets us know that in order to have survived the 65,000,000 to 230,000,000 year span of time, they would have to be petrified.
Oxygen is what causes decay of animal bones once the animal is deceased. For these dinosaur bones to have been petrified, instead of becoming dust in the wind, scientists conclude they must have been covered after the dinosaur’s death by volcanic ash, lava, or mud and clay produced by floods and landslides on the planet. Once the bones were covered and had no access to oxygen, they were able to fossilize into what we see today.
What is Agatized Bone?
Agatized bone is fossilized dinosaur bone, found in rare forms. When the calcite in dinosaur bones is naturally replaced with silica-type compounds, which you would recognize as jasper, opal, or agate stone, it is considered “agatized bone”. This natural process can occur in circumstances when strata layers in a mountain become flooded with silica-rich ground water. The intrusion of the groundwater eventually causes the calcite in the bones to be replaced with this silica-rich substance.
Hematite, usually formed through iron oxidation, is one of the properties that give the dinosaur bones its various hues.
Depending on the amount of hematite that enters the bone, the colors can be subtle or extremely intense. Red, pink, orange, rust, and yellow are a few of the most common colors caused by hematite intrusion. Pure silica creates a brilliant white bone color, while organic carbon or pyrite, which is most abundant, will produce black bones.
Beautiful purples and blues are produced by manganese dioxide. Water can leach manganese from igneous rock forms. As this water is re-deposited, it turns into manganese dioxide, also responsible for coatings and the coloring of many rocks and crystals.
Because of all the varied natural processes, agatized dinosaur bones contain all the metaphysical properties of the original fossils, but also contain unique properties of their own.
Besides produced by nature in beautiful colors and textures, dinosaur bones are said to have properties of vibrancy and well-being. They are touted to help increase mental and physical energy by the wearer. Dinosaur bone has been used throughout the years to calm irrational fears and to lessen anxiety.
Much of what is naturally produced by the Earth is useful to us in many ways. What we do know is that the processes that gives us the gift of agatized dinosaur bone have created a unique, durable, and beautiful substance from which we can create wearable art.
See our dinosaur bone jewelry at HilemanSilverJewelry.com or DinosaurBoneRings.jewelry.
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Alternative Wedding Ring Options For That Unique Couple
There are magazines, webzines, and blogs all about the “Alternative” wedding style, which simply means less cookie-cutter ceremonies and more weddings that match the personality of the couple. The “natural” bride, the “pagan” bride, and “same-sex” couples are just a few of the kinds of couples becoming more the norm than ever before in history.
Engagement and wedding bands have always been one of the most traditional and classic parts of the ceremony. “Something old, something new…” has often referred to a passed down engagement ring or set of wedding bands from the bride’s grandparents. The couple may have chosen to accept the gift of one or the other to save money, and because it means a lot to the giver, but may feel a bit left out of their own special day.
Today, more couples are realizing that the wedding day, belongs to them. It’s nice to try and make concessions for parents and close relatives, but ultimately, it is the couple who should be ecstatic about their own unique wedding. Choosing unique engagement rings and wedding bands are a way to express yourselves and your individuality without making a huge scene. If you are not the types to go completely outside the box you can plan a traditional wedding and walk down the aisle with a unique wedding band option like a dinosaur bone ring.
For many alternative couples who may also practice alternative forms of spirituality, they may find it to be a true sentiment of their love for nature and the Earth: to wear something that was once a part of nature. Many couples today, whether they consider themselves alternative or not, are seeking other ring options besides diamonds. Colored gemstones, unique inlay materials and non-traditional metals like stainless steel or sterling silver can add to the individuality of their wedding rings
Turquoise is also a beautiful option for engagement rings and wedding bands, as it signifies strength, protection, and healing. There are a multitude of gemstones and natural materials that have significant mystical and spiritual meaning. No matter what background, culture, or religion you practice, gemstones are a fantastic choice to make your wedding bands stand out and memorable to everyone who sees them.
Although you may not want to have your wedding in the midst of a circus or haunted house, you can go outside the norm with your ring choices to express your true personality as a couple.
New Dinosaur Bone Jewelry in More Colors
Hileman Silver Jewelry now has more color options available for our dinosaur bone jewelry designs. We have always had a variety of red dinosaur bone options, but now we have several choices in grays, a white base bone with reddish spots and some yellow with red accents. We are busy creating new jewelry with these new dinosaur bone colors. One of our favorite new ring designs is a wedding or engagement ring with a white sapphire in the center and the new white/gray base color gembone with random reddish-orange spots inlaid down the sides. It is a little more subdued than the bold red dinosaur bone but has a very interesting pattern and makes for a very unique wedding ring. You can purchase or read more about this new dinosaur bone ring at our Etsy shop.
A great example of our new gray dinosaur bone with black matrix is this new man’s ring design. The top of the ring is inlaid with one piece of fossilized dinosaur bone that is slightly raised above the surrounding silver. The bone is a combination of several shades of gray with very distinctive black webbing running throughout. Three sparkling white sapphires are channel set on each side of the dinosaur bone center. This ring will also be available with black diamonds instead of the white sapphires and other materials may be substituted for the gray dinosaur bone. Look for this ring to be listed soon at both our Etsy shop and our Hileman Silver Jewelry website.
If you are interested in learning more about dinosaur bone and dinosaur bone jewelry, please read our blog page about dinosaur bone. For detailed information about dinosaur bone, how is it is formed and its metaphysical properties, read this information from BoneMasters.com.
We offer a great collection of dinosaur bone jewelry in a variety of colors and patterns inlaid in sterling silver. To browse our large selection of dinosaur bone jewelry including rings, wedding ring sets, pendants and earrings please visit our Hileman Silver Jewelry website. If you would like to see more photos of our dinosaur bone jewelry, please go to our Flickr page and view our “Dinosaur Bone Jewelry Collection“.
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John and Mark