Here Helen shares the personal and very special story of her and husband-to-be Phil’s wedding rings

“After many, many, years collectively in the industry, Phil and I are honoured to count some trusted colleagues as dear friends, for me, however, when the occasion came there was only one place I wanted our wedding rings from and that’s Domino.  The MD Andrew Morton and I have been friends for years.   He is a gentleman I hold in high esteem and he has been a much valued friend.

The jewellery manufacturer can be found in the heart of the iconic Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, and here we were so warmly welcomed in the Creative Suite by customer service manager Mandy Gormley.   With teas and coffee’s in hand we set about choosing our perfect rings

As I was looking to match my sapphire and diamond engagement ring, I chose a 2.5mm width light weight rounded flat profile in Fairtrade Platinum.  This outline is slightly flattened on the outside which as wells as creating a sleek profile and comfort, I felt reflected and perfectly matched the cushion shape of the central sapphire in my engagement ring.

Phil to his great surprise, was actually allowed his complete choice!  I promise I did not interfere at all (which was actually a challenge for me!).  He decided on a 6.0mm classic court wedding band which was made in Fairtrade 18ct Yellow Gold. This is a very classic style (well he’s a very classy guy!) is designed for comfort with a rounded inside and outside.  Yellow gold is important to him as he also wears a gold signet ring which is a much treasured 21st gift from his sister, so again facilitated a perfect meaningful match.

We were very grateful to all the team at Domino who made us so welcome and we know put so much care into the creation of our rings.

The next step was hallmarking.  Although this is a standard and legal process undertaken by the UK manufacturer, in my role as Guardian of the Sheffield Assay Office I wanted to see the Tudor rose hallmark on our rings.

And so on a fresh spring day still under the best practice of social distancing with wedding rings in hand we personally travelled to Sheffield for a special and very honoured experience.

https://www.assayoffice.co.uk/news/guardians-wedding-rings-hallmarked-here-at-sheffield-assay-office

This press release perfectly tells the story, but let me share some more behind the scene photographs.  Seen here each and every item to be assayed is individually receipted,  analysed and verified, every process is as rigorous as it is accurate.

hallmark on rings
hallmarking process
hallmarked ring

We chose the hallmark of Phil’s business.  A. Ainsworth and Son’s. AAS was registered in 1953 by Phil’s grandfather Arnold.  The company is over 150 years old and I’m honoured the family mark in our wedding rings will be my personal surname.