*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
As many of you know, APW has what we affectionately call a Super Partnership with Turtle Love Co., sellers of awesome and affordable artisan wedding and engagement rings. This means that Turtle Love Co. founder Adrianne contributes a whole variety of content to APW. She recently wrote a compelling post about how you don’t need all of the things (but some of the things help), about our relationship with objects, and how they can in fact change our lives for better (or worse). This has everything to do with what she thinks about all day: the social significance of engagement rings, and personal authenticity and engagement and wedding rings. Because with Turtle Love Co., Adrianne isn’t just trying to create work for independent artists and awesome affordable rings for you, she’s also trying to address the social issues around wedding and engagement rings through, well, objects. So today she’s here to talk a little bit about TLC’s wedding rings, the lesser-discussed (but possibly more important) member of the ring family.
First, if you’re already a Turtle Love Co. customer (and we know MANY of you are!), please post a picture of your TLC jewelry in action to our Facebook page—we’ll be picking one photo every week to be our cover photo. You’ll be (kinda sorta like) a celebrity! For example: Here’s Aubin with her nested white topaz engagement ring—she’s getting married TOMORROW! Cheers!
I’ve written before about how engagement rings can have an important role as social signifiers. Obviously, a wedding band is also an important social signifier within our culture, and it can be an important symbol to both partners in a marriage. (I know that it was tremendously exciting for me to see my husband wearing a wedding ring after we’d gotten married.)
But it can be tough for people who don’t typically wear rings (including many men) to get comfortable with the idea of wearing a ring.
So here’s a view of some of our wedding rings (including some more masculine rings) with a less blingy feel to them. Each one of these Turtle Love Co. wedding bands is crafted by an independent artisan or made with recycled metals, or both. Bonus: most are surprisingly affordable.
Rustic Men’s Wedding Band ($225).
Caveat 1: Obviously, all of these rings could be worn by a person of any gender.