Wedding – Meteorite Rings

May 17, 2010 at 9:55 am 8 comments

The Rings
A large number of Google image searches were involved with our wedding ring decision. “Science rings”, “science bands”, “nature rings”, “tree rings”, “tree wedding bands”, yada yada yada. But it was a late night search on Etsy, not Google, that nudged us in the right direction.

We ended up with titanium rings with inlays of meteorite!

The striations present in both rings are known as “Widmanstätten pattern“– it’s unique to meteorites and caused by the temperature changes in their journey.

We purchased our rings from a company called Titanium-Buzz. The inlays are from a meteorite that was discovered in South Africa in 1838. The meteorite itself is estimated to be 4 billion years old.

Well before we started to search for actual rings and had any idea there was such a thing as a “meteorite ring”, Ryan already had some ideas for the ring ceremony. He wanted to embrace just how old and how far the elements that comprised our rings had traveled.

Your rings are circles and a circle is the symbol of the sun, the earth, the universe, of wholeness, perfection, peace and unity. It is forged from elements that were created by a supernova. This means that the metal in these rings has traveled billions of years through time and billions of light-years through space to be here on earth today. And now they will become a part of the both of you.

At the tender young age of 4 billion years, the meteorites in our rings are a “contemporary” example of that concept.

The Ceremony
During the ceremony, we did experience some difficulty with Ryan’s ring. It didn’t want to go on! After admiring Ryan Somma for nearly 17 years, I wasn’t about to be foiled by a little friction. I summoned some more umph to my effort and the ring found itself where it should be.

Such a victory should not go by without fanfare.

“ON!!!!” I declared and pointed at the defeated ring.

I was sufficiently intimidating. That small circle of titanium and meteorite hasn’t ventured off since. 🙂

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dave  |  May 17, 2010 at 11:54 am


  • 2. Erin  |  May 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    How cool…! 🙂 They’re absolutely gorgeous.

  • 3. geekhiker  |  May 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    The real question is: will it ever come off? Or did you permanently fuse it to his finger? 😉

  • 4. Kristina  |  May 17, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I had the hardest time getting the jeweler to understand the inscription I wanted on the inside of my husband’s wedding ring. I wanted it to say “Mitchel Loves Kristina Loves”, words spaced evenly, so that it would say, essentially, Mitchel Loves Kristina, Kristina Loves Mitchel, over and over again in an infinite loop. They couldn’t get the spacing right to save their lives. I think it took more than three tries, but if it isn’t spaced right it just looks weird.

    I loved your ring ceremony. I admit, I always cry at weddings, but I think I was crying with every new symbol of love that you shared with each other.

  • 5. Elizabeth | The Natural Capital  |  May 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Congratulations on your wedding (sounds like it was a long time coming!) and on finding such cool and meaningful rings!

  • 6. boonerings  |  August 10, 2010 at 8:58 am

    I’m glad you like it. Wear it in good health.

  • 7. The Pacific Science Center « TGAW  |  June 13, 2011 at 1:05 am

    […] Finally, I found amusement by the display were you could touch a real meteor rock. Ryan and I have meteorite inlays in our wedding rings… so we get to touch meteor rocks every day. : […]

  • […] There were conversations I overheard, but never responded to. I recall our nurse complimenting our wedding rings and asking Ryan about the Vibram Five Fingers he was wearing. It would be hours later with the […]


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