Your wedding rings cast in beach sand. Capture an everlasting memory with your own personal story by having your ring cast using sand from your favourite beach. A beautiful and very personal way to celebrate your wedding and commitment to one another. By capturing a special moment in time these make beautiful wedding rings with a special personal story.
Each ring is specially created in its own single use only sand mould; no two are ever or can ever be the same, and are always unique and individual just like a fingerprint. And because of this special making process the width of the ring may vary slightly across the ring very slightly.
These rings are beautiful and unique to you, and you don’t have to use your own beach sand if you simply love the texture! Your ring(s) can be cast using sand I have available in the studio.
The sand : Please read the information guide here about using beach sand.
The sand rings pictured are made in Sterling silver. If you would like your ring(s) in gold (any carat) please get in touch and I will quote the cost of your ring(s): again please read the information guide.
All rings will be hallmarked at Birmingham Assay Office.
Collecting beach sand
In the UK and across many parts of the world the collection and removal of beach sand is prohibited in order to protect beaches and minimise sand loss. Although probably unheard of, the removal of beach sand can lead to hefty fines by local authorities.
Therefore I discourage anyone from visiting a beach and scooping up large quantities of sand. Its also unnecessary as I only require a small amount which can be obtained from sand brushed off feet or shoes over a few visits.
What kind of sand?
Ideally fine or slightly coarse sand works best. Small Pebbly sand will be less likely to leave a sandy looking texture and will likely create divots and undulations with some of the tiny pebbles on occassion, but not always, becoming embedded in the metal itself. The sand you send to me does need to be clean and dry, I can't work with mud. Please send your sand to me dry and in a small container, please label it with the name of the beach and your name.
I would really love a sand ring but I dont have a special beach, does that matter?
You dont have to send me any beach sand. I have a small amount of miscellaneous sand that I can use if you have no particular preference and would simply like a ring cast with a unique beach sand texture.
How can I order a sand ring?
Every ring is made to order and is cast and finished inhouse. If you are happy to have your ring in silver please select from the drop down and pay for your ring. Please ensure I have your contact details (email is fine) and I will request your beach sand and provide you with the address to post it to me at your expense.
If you would like your ring in gold, please get in touch first and I will quote the total cost of your ring for you as the price of gold fluctuates. As a very rough guide the cost of a plain yellow band in 9ct gold will start from £900, 14ct yellow gold will start from £1000 and 18ct yellow gold from £1200.
Once agreed, I will send you a payment link for full payment and the details of where to send your beach sand to (again this is posted to me at your expense). Work will begin on your ring once payment has been received and I have received your beach sand (if you are sending me any). Every ring will look different, with this process I cannot replicate rings.
What if I dont know my ring size?
Think about which finger you would like to wear your ring on as all fingers will likely measure differently. Once you have decided you can pop to any reputable jewellers and have your finger size measured. Alternatively I can send you a plastic ring sizer (not always very accurate) or if you have a ring that fits the finger you would like to wear your sand ring on you can post this to me with your sand for measuring, and your ring will be returned to you with your sand ring.
How long will I have to wait for my ring(s)?
Approximately 6 weeks depending on when I receive your sand, current workload and time of year. If you require your rings for a specific date please let me know and I wil let you know whether I can meet this or not.
Will left over sand be returned to me?
No. I dont return unused sand. I will keep it labelled and use it for other rings if there is any left. Please do not send large quantities of sand, I only require a small amount that you can brush of feet and shoes after a walk across the sandy beach.
Can I recycle my old jewellery?
Yes you can. Gold or silver can be used. Bear in mind that with processing (which is all done inhouse) it may not always be the cheaper option but it is good to know that you have recycled your old jewellery that would otherwise be left in a box unloved and forgotten and remade it into something quite special and always worn. If this si something you would like to consider get in touch.
Your jewellery will be carefully packaged inside a box in tissue paper and delivered to you nestled inside a recyclable carton as standard.
I also offer a paid for gift wrap option. Find out more here: https://www.vanessamillerjewellery.co.uk/product-page/gift-wrapping-service and add to your basket.