a wedding ring for that geeky artist

We ended up having about 18 months to plan the wedding, and during most of that time, I felt the selection of men’s wedding bands was surprisingly uninspired. Erin was having her ring custom designed, and it was looking great! I was really happy to see my “basket and diamond as the crown of the Claddagh” idea working out better than I could have imagined. But for my ring, the only thing so far that fit for me was a traditional ring with a hammered surface, nothing special. During a last skim through the ring websites to see if there was anything else, I saw one particularly atrocious ring that fortunately triggered a thought: Binary!


So I started searching, and came up with a lot of interesting stuff. I rediscovered an old product that I originally remember on Make:, which I always liked, but looked like it would get dirty quickly. The more practical version of that ring is here, but that would have been WAY too many diamonds for me. I found this image, and liked the way the binary was etched into the surface, but didn’t like how overt writing out “1, 0, 1, etc.” was. Last, I saw this ring, and I liked how adjacent 1’s would merge together.

Now I had a vague plan: I decided I wanted squares that merged together, and I had quickly decided to encode the words of the Claddagh to match Erin’s ring: Love, Friendship, Loyalty. I just needed to make it a specific plan. So I fired up Maya and Photoshop and got to building. I made a ring in Maya, and worked out a square pattern in Photoshop that I liked. In Maya I brought in the square pattern as a displacement map which allowed me to try many permutations quickly.

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Once I had the plan, I took it to Greg Stopka at The Jewelsmiths to have the fabrication done. Greg also did the design on Erin’s ring.  In the end, I couldn’t be happier with the results.


The binary section was media-blasted with sapphire aggregate. There are actually 3 values: raised is a 1 (white below), middle is a 0 (grey below), and the lowest (black) parts surround words so that I can see where a word begins and ends, since there was a lot of 0’s amongs words and empty space blending together. I also added a fourth word because I had the room. In the pattern below, the top left word is “Love”, the top right word is “Trust”, the middle word is “Loyalty”, and the bottom word is “Friendship”



~ by Chris Blazick on November 10, 2009.

7 Responses to “a wedding ring for that geeky artist”

  1. […] Blazick of Pasadena, CA, wrote in to share his wedding ring, which he had engraved with a binary message. I wanted to write in to share the tale of my wedding […]

  2. […] ich vermutlich diesen “binären” Hochzeitsring in die engere Wahl […]

    Google translate:
    I probably these “binary” wedding ring on the shortlist

  3. […] Umarmen Sie Kritik! Aber ja! – Binärer Hochzeitsring für Informatiker? -> Danke Ina für den Tipp! – Teure Uhren und Schmuck verkaufen sich wieder gut. Also Leute, haut […]

  4. Chris your ring design gave me a idea for my design : http://www.digitaloffensive.com/2012/11/my-high-tech-geek-wedding-ring/

    • Michael,
      The ring is amazing. I love the unbroken negative space through the middle. Congradulations!

  5. […] ich vermutlich diesen “binären” Hochzeitsring in die engere Wahl […]

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