This ring is the product of two great mysteries. The body is made of Damascus Steel, the legendary triumph of metallurgy whose recipe was thought lost to time, its characteristic wood-like grain becoming only mythic. We’ve offset our Damascus steel with black diamonds, the inky, mysterious gems that evoke the great 200-carat Eye of Brahma, the famous black diamond of India, itself a source of legend and lore. This ring is for the man that can handle the weight of those mysteries, the gravitas they carry. The man who knows he will draw questions, and whose answers he holds close to the vest.
A bold take on the contemporary wedding band, we’ve taken the usual gold ring and inlaid it with Damascus Steel, the legendary medieval steel lost to metallurgists for centuries until its rediscovery in the 21st century. With its characteristic wood-like grain pattern, the steel matches perfectly with any of our wooden women’s rings, toasted to a dark golden to blend seamlessly with the yellow gold setting. The perfect complimenting style for when you’re hand-in-hand.
A thick, powerful band of Damascus Steel, some of the most beautiful and durable steel known to metallurgy. It’s the ring for a man who doesn’t need to display his masculinity through fast cars or big tires, but who makes it apparent by his poise, his suaveness. And like his personality, this ring alludes to its true nature: A heart of gold, visible only in a sliver to the outside, for to find the mother lode that makes up his soul, you must look past the steel and search inside.
We were two days from civilization, hiking north through the narrow and rocky Kern Canyon, arrow-straight and carved from the powerful, churning river that roared beside us. We couldn’t see above the walls of the canyon, but if we could, we’d see the skyline jagged and torn by the rough-hewn Sierra peaks cradling the remains of the winter’s snow in their cirques. We set our packs down beside the river to rest, and before us, sitting on the bank, was a tree in the shape of an English oak but leafless and steel. There was grain, roots and branches, but if it was alive, it would remain so forever, protected from the human hand. A heart of wood, but bark of steel.
The yellow gold interior of this ring brings out the charcoal of the Damascus Steel. With the wood grain-like curves along the steel, emphasized by acid etching, this ring is the perfect compliment to her wood engagement ring. It’s matching without matching, thematic, dynamic equivalence of materials. The gold in her ring displaying the wood inlay, and the gentle coal curves of yours. Each of you, with the soft yellow gold pressed to the skin.
His ring made a light clink on the edge of his martini glass as he raised it to his lips. The banquet hall is dimly lit with the table centerpieces, letting his tuxedo blend into the background. His hair is neatly combed, face shaven smooth, shoes shined to a polish. He stands up when his name is called, applause. Approaching the podium, he takes the microphone to thank his introducer; he insists that the words are too kind, surely he is but one part in the larger machine of industry. The guests laugh, the humility is palpable but unwarranted.
For centuries, the ancient Hawaiians have used the koa, which grows in the dense Polynesian rainforests, to manufacture their sturdy dugout canoes and surfboards. This ring takes the essence of that use: The band of koa rides the cold and clean waves of white gold with grace and agility, but also with the rigor necessary to handle the daily abuses of adventure and spirit.
It’s nothing at its headwaters. Just a few minor streams trickling down from between the rocks on the flanks of the mighty Brooks Range in Alaska, slowly gathering volume, gathering speed, braiding together as it glides into the short bright grasses of the valleys beneath. By the time it reaches the coast, it’s a giant, unconquerable, where words like “volume” and “mass” grow beyond the abstract into something visible, palpable. It carries with it the roiling power of the Alaskan wilderness as a reminder of the indomitable spirit of nature.
A doubly eye-catching ring, the octagonal shape will immediately draw the attention to anyone who sees it. Once captured, they’ll see the wood set into the yellow gold: A thin band of the beautiful and exotic bocote wood, with its interlocking zebra-striped black grain, its density and heft. It’s a ring for the man who likes to stand out in a crowd, and can do so without flash, without pomp. He stands out for his individuality, not his showmanship, and thus is not a pretender. He’s the real thing.
No burl is prized for its flawlessness. Indeed, it’s that which disturbs the perfect grain that makes it coveted for its use in art. Without the knots, the twists, the turns in a burl, we’d be left with nothing but the arrow-true grain best fit for being covered in drywall in the rafters of some suburban half-acre. In this ring, we’ve highlighted the knots with the beautiful teal and green malachite crystals, formed in stalactites of the deepest caves. The grain bends and flows around them, making this ring unique amongst the unique.
Our most straightforward ring, the simple Damascus steel ring is for the man who doesn’t need extra frills in his life. He likes his meat and potatoes, literally and otherwise, and needs a ring strong enough to handle the rigors of his daily life. Damascus steel, blackened and acid etched to bring out the wood-like grain, is an ancient formula lost to time, once used to make the finest and strongest swords and daggers in the medieval Levant. We’ve adapted it into a muscular ring well prepared to attack the challenges in your life at your side.
In the hills of Bavaria northeast of Frankfurt, nestled at the thin headwaters of the river Sinn, is the town of Oberwildflecken. The town is hidden by the topography, but just below the summit of the highest peak, looking directly down at the sleepy hamlet, is Kloster Kreuzberg, the ancient and austere Franciscan monastery. In the stone belfry was found a Spartan chest, empty but for a single iron key. That key opened a tall oaken door deep in the catacombs of the Kreuzberg, held by substantial rivets and sanded smooth. Behind the heavy and leaden door was a single brass table, waist-high, and on that table a lone white gold and mahogany ring, ancient in design, ancient in construction, brilliant and timeless in appearance.
14K White Gold
Mahogany Wood inlays
12 1.5mm .015ct, SI1, G-H Color, Very Good-Cut Diamonds