Learn about the wedding band configurator by RauschmayerOn this page we will provide you with information about our wedding ring configurator. Learn more about the individual steps of the design process - and then create your very own perfect wedding bands.
1. Design – The visual look of your ringsPolished surfaces meet sanded finishes, different metals and colors merge into a new unit and fancyful patterns seem to tell stories. Choose the appearance of your rings - mono-color, bi-color, or a combination of three contrasting alloys.
2. Alloy / color and surface – material, tone, and composition of your wedding rings
Ring colorAlloys are created by melting together two or more different types of metal. None of the precious metals (gold, silver, platinum) are processed in a pure form; they have to be alloyed with other metals to make them more suitable for processing. At this stage you can choose one or more types of alloy - while simultaneously choosing your preferred ring color(s).
The purity of gold, in addition to the term "karat", is also expressed in "parts (gold) per 1.000". 24-karat gold contains nearly 100% fine gold - which is why it is designated the number 1.000.
24-karat = 1000 parts gold per thousand: This is pure (99,9…%) gold.
18-karat= 750 parts gold per thousand: 75% gold.
14-karat= 585 parts gold per thousand: 58,5% gold.
8-karat= 333 parts gold per thousand: 33% gold.
Precious metals – permanence and eleganceGold
Chemically pure gold is called fine gold. It is free from all other metals, such as silver and copper, and can be flattened to gold leaf - to a thickness of about one micrometer. Fine gold has a light yellow color which doesn't change as it is exposed to air because it doesn't react with oxygen.
Due to being very soft and malleable it hast to be alloyed with other metals before being used in manufacture. Adding silver gives it a lighter color, adding copper makes it darker. Adding different metals to gold produces the colors yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold. It is the material traditionally used for the production of wedding rings.
Palladium is one of six precious metals from the platinum group - it could be called the "little sibling" of platinum. However, palladium is lighter than platinum and so provides optimal wearing comfort. Additionally, wedding bands made from palladium don't lose their sparkle and they don't tarnish. The exclusive anthracite tint with its pure shine looks especially beautiful next to other gold alloys, such as rose gold.
Platinum is harder than gold and silver. It is extraordinairily tough while being smooth at the same time. You can feel the difference immediately: even a simple ring made from platinum is noticably heavier than the same one made from white gold. When polished, platinum gets a particularly intensive shine. Its gray white color, which is lightened by addition of palladium, appears especially beautiful in combination with brilliant cut diamonds.
3. The shape of your ringsThere are several kinds of ring profiles. For example, rings can be court or flat. "Court" here describes a ring with an outwardly arched (inner and/or outer) shape. The arch of the inner shape is mostly intended to improve wearing comfort, since the rounded edges of the ring allow easier removal from the finger. As a general rule, a more pronounced arch or "camber" equates to greater wearing comfort.
4. Width, depth and size of your dream ringsAt this stage you need to choose the width and depth of your ring. Depending on its width, a ring can appear more or less delicate, while depth referst to the thickness of the outer wall of the ring. Engravings look especially good on wider rings.
You can either go to a jeweler of your choice to get your ring size measured, or you can do it yourself. Low priced ring measures made from metal, cardboard, and plastic are available for purchase online. Alternatively you can wrap a strip of paper around your finger, mark the spot where paper meets and then measure the distance with a ruler.
5. Brilliant cut diamonds – from legitimate sourcesRauschmayer only uses diamonds from legitimate sources and guarantees the fact that no blood diamonds are used. The name "diamond" comes from the Greek language (Adamas - the unbeatable). Through its cut it is turned into a brilliant. Traditionally, the lady wears her wedding band adorned with a brilliant, since it has long symbolized the purity and heightened value of femininity.
To be able to sparkle as beautifully as the eyes of the bride, the diamond needs to be of a certain quality. This quality is expressed through the four Cs: Carat, Color, Clarity and Cut.
Carat is used as unit of mass for gemstones. It is equal to 200 mg. Formula: Weight in carat = (diameter in mm³) x 0,0037.
The best possible color a brilliant can have is an absolute lack of color. An colorless brilliant can be easily permeated by light, which then refracts into a rainbow of color when exiting.
Most brilliants have very small natural marks consisting of uncrystallized carbon, which are called enclosures. The fewer enclosures there are, the better light can permeate the diamond, which means that the diamond is considered to be of a higher quality.
The cut is supremely important for the fire of a diamond. One may appear almost lifeless, while another seems to be sparking. An especially characteristic - and for diamonds far and away the most common - type of cut is the brilliant cut. Only diamonds cut in this way may be called brilliants.
Diamonds are the hardest known stone in the world, yet they can still be damaged. If the diamond is hit against another surface it can splinter or even break. For this reason, a diamond ring should always be taken off while performing strenuous tasks, such as gardening or dishwashing.
Settings – How are the diamonds mounted onto the ring?Bezel setting
The stone is set into a flat sheet and held in place by the edge of the surrounding metal being rubbed slightly over the girdle (= outer edge of the cut stone). The bezel setting is ideal for smaller stones, since they are only covered by a small rim of metal and remain visible.
With channel setting, multiple stones are set in a row and fixated by tension. Additionally, the metal around the stones is compressed. This keeps the stones firmly set and stops them from wiggling.
The stone is set into a ready-made borehole and with a gouge the metal is shaped, creating slivers which protrude over the edge of the stone and affix it. A shiny border around the stone is added. Stones can be set individually or in a row.
6. Engraving – the personal touchGive your rings an especially personal note and turn them into unique symbols of your love.
Traditional diamond engraving is done by using a fine diamond gouge to transfer the chosen text to the inner side of the ring, with the gouge displacing the material of the ring.
Using laser engraving technology, an engraving can be placed on the inside, outside, or along the side of the ring. The ulta fine and sensitive laser beam selectively heats the material so intensely that the surface boils off or burns.
Use our wedding band designer to place a symbol or a personally chosen string of text onto your wedding rings.
Test our wedding ring configurator! Of course you can also just play with the application to create your dream rings, since you immediately see the effects of your choices on the screen. We hope you have fun designing your ideal wedding rings!