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Most of us do not enter into the planning process with much, if any, knowledge about, you know, how to throw a wedding. But many of us do have a sense of what our personal style is when it comes to jewelry. It’s figuring out how to find or design jewelry that we want to wear for the rest of our lives that can feel completely overwhelming… sometimes in a “teetering on the edge of financial oblivion/oh my god is this crap and am I getting ripped off” kind of way.
This is why featuring vendors with top-notch customer service is a big, big, big deal to us at APW, and why my heart grew three sizes when I learned that in addition to drop-dead gorgeous designs in an organic-but-modern aesthetic, Kendra Renee Jewelry also offers clients heartfelt and personalized service like it’s NBD. Kendra Renee Jewelry’s pieces are available online, in stores, or straight from her cozy studio on a tree-lined street Oakland, California. Plus wedding band prices start at $400.
Love those subtle textures? Founder and jeweler, Kendra creates them when carving each ring by hand, so yours will literally be one-of-a-kind and immediately feel like you’ve had it forever:
While each ring is crafted within my specific design aesthetic (clean, rustic, textural), each ring is customized to the finger of the wearer. My goal throughout the process is to make my clients feel like they are receiving a ring that’s as unique as the love it represents. Why are my rings so textural? One of my goals as a designer is comfort. I believe your wedding ring should feel like an extension of you. It should fit effortlessly into your life. From the moment you put it on, it should feel like an old friend. You should not be afraid to wear it, lest it scratch or break. To that end I design my rings for real life. For adventure. To look better over time, which each little scratch or mark becoming a part of the story. Nothing in life is perfect, and I believe it is the flaws that make it beautiful. That save it from being boring. That give it character and personality. This belief informs all of my design decisions.
Kendra Renee Jewelry‘s bands are priced from $400 to $2500, with prices varying based on type of metal and how many diamonds are used. All of the diamonds Kendra uses are ethically sourced post-consumer (recycled) stones, and all of her vendors are located in the United States (with most of them based locally in Oakland). When you’re supporting Kendra, you’re also supporting other small businesses.
See something you love but aren’t sure which metal is right for you? Wondering if it’s possible to tweak a design? For Kendra, customer service goes beyond just answering emails promptly. She will listen to your needs—in person if you’re in the Bay Area or via Skype if you’re not—and personally walk you through everything you need to know about selecting and purchasing wedding rings:
I find that many couples need guidance with the wedding band buying process, and I use my seven years of experience in the industry to educate them about metals and durability, measure their ring size correctly, and help guide them through design and style choices. I do this from a consumer perspective—as a consumer myself I am always looking for value, so I guide my clients through the process in the same way. Want diamonds but need to keep the price down? I know exactly how to choose a stone so that you’re only paying for what matters to you. Care about price more than gold karat? I have a metal to recommend. I guide my clients through decisions that will maximize the value of their ring, while staying within my own strict quality and durability standards.
Consultations in-person at the studio (where you can look at and try on all the different styles) or via Skype are free, and small tweaks to existing designs are included in the price. (Each ring also comes with one free size adjustment over the lifetime of the wearer.)
Kendra also takes on completely custom work, which is perfect if you have a family stone you’d like to use. And when you work with Kendra Renee Jewelry, you get the kind of intentional ring design experience with a single artisan you don’t find most places:
Buying a wedding ring from me is an extremely personal and intimate experience. I love getting to know my couples: I want to hear about their wedding plans, their hobbies, their lives. Knowing them a little better helps me understand exactly what they’re looking for so I can craft their perfect ring. Do they work with their hands? How much texture is too much texture for them? What colors of metal look good on their unique skin tone?
And if you want to really get all up in the process of creating your rings, Kendra offers a special experience called Double Pour for couples who have commissioned her to make their wedding bands. At the event, couples join Kendra and her casting artist in the studio to alloy, melt, pour, and cast their wedding bands in gold. You get to become a part of the creation of your rings and experience the process that goes on (complete with fire, gold, and champagne!) behind the scenes. It makes a great date night in the midst of wedding planning and adds a whole new layer of memories to your wedding rings.
With every ring, Kendra Renee Jewelry aims to provide a unique piece of jewelry as the symbol of a unique relationship. She wants each person who receives one of her rings to feel the warm-fuzzies, which clients like Casey send right back to her:
Working with Kendra was such a fun, collaborative, and easy-going experience. My now-husband worked with another ring maker to design a gorgeous and unique engagement/wedding ring for me, and I wanted his ring to be equally beautiful, awesome, and representative of his personal style. He is an artist and can be picky, so I was somewhat nervous to find a ring that he will wear every day for the rest of his life. When I met Kendra, I knew she was the person to trust with such a task. She was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and open. It felt like working with a friend (who happens to be an incredible jewelry designer and maker). She was completely welcoming and excited about incorporating my ideas, and she knew exactly how to merge those with her own craftswomanship and experience—for a reasonable budget to boot. My husband absolutely loves his ring, and every day I see it I couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend Kendra Renee Jewelry Design!
When you work with Kendra Renee Jewelry, instead of trying to fit a ring that exists, you can have a ring built to fit you and your future. And since your ring is the one element of the wedding you’re going to have to look at every day (besides your partner… and sometimes they go on business trips), I think that’s worth its weight in gold.
WANT YOUR RING BUYING EXPERIENCE TO BE PERSONAL AND FUN? CONTACT KENDRA RENEE JEWELRY TO GET STARTED.