‘In Praise of Shadows’ Alternative Wedding Set – Moonstone Engagement Ring and Band


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“We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates.”

– Jun’ichiro Tanizaki


The above quote is from the 1933 essay ‘In Praise of Shadows’, which discusses how there can be no beauty without darkness, and celebrates the contrast that shadows bring. Tanizaki also rejects the need for perfectionism and uniformity which has been touted as progress by Western culture.

If you know my work, you’ll know I have always applied this mode of thinking to my jewellery! I prefer semi-precious stones and dark patinas over white diamonds and high-shine, and I have met many wonderful customers who agree. We strive to celebrate the beauty of shadows, textures, and inclusions over the modern idea that only clarity & the unblemished can equal perfection.

Wouldn’t the world would be a better place if we applied this ideology to ourselves (& our relationships!) as well as aesthetics?

Celebrating uniqueness, embracing flaws, and rejecting conformity – what better way to celebrate a lasting union between 2 souls 🖤🤍


Texture is key in these rings. It creates the contrasting surface on which light and dark play.
Recycled silver D shape wire is reticulated, hammered and stamped carefully by hand, the forged rings are then oxidised to give a dark patina and then polished to reveal a striking contrast.
A solitary gold-filled star on the wedding band adds pop of whimsy….place the glittering star at the front, or keep it secret at the back – wear it your way.
Colourful, natural gemstones are then added to your specifications. The stones used in the pictured rings are Moonstone, Brazilian Amethyst and London Blue Topaz.

This can be given to a loved one to celebrate a union or an anniversary, or as a promise ring or eternity set. Perhaps you are looking for a spare low-cost set for travel? Or maybe you just want to treat yourself 💖 The stones can be personalised to suit your theme, style or birthstones. The wide wedding band can also be sold separately – see my Celestial Wide Band listing.


You will recieve 2 rings with this purchase – a wedding band and matching engagement band.

I offer two options for the ‘engagement’ band:

1. A singular 6mm bezel-set stone, or

2. A 6mm stone flanked by 2 x 3mm stones.

The default stones used are rose-cut moonstones, but you can swap these for a gemstone combination of your choosing (PLEASE NOTE THERE MAY BE AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE for certain gemstones).

You can also swap the wide wedding band for a thinner style (wide will be default).

If you wish to discuss your stone arrangement and the cost, don’t hesitate to get in touch 🙂 If you are unsure of your ring size, please add a ring sizer (separate listing) to your order, and I will post this to you before making your ring.

Other useful information:

Possible stones to choose from:
Smoky quartz
Black spinel
Grey moonstone
Tourmalinated quartz (+ from £5)
Garnet (+ from £5)
Lapis lazuli (+ from £5)
Golden rutilated quartz (+ from £10)
Real opal doublet (+ from £15)
London blue topaz (+ from £15)
Grey diamonds (3mm flanking stones only – +£120)

Birthstone suggestions:

January – Garnet/Rose Quartz
February – Amethyst/Amber
March – Aquamarine/Bloodstone/Blue Topaz/Jade
April – Diamond/White Topaz
May – Emerald/Chrysoprase
June – Alexandrite/Moonstone/Pearl
July – Ruby/Carnelian
August – Peridot/Green Amethyst/Spinel
September – Sapphire/Lapis Lazuli
October – Tourmaline/Rose Quartz/Opal
November – Smokey Quartz/Citrine/Yellow Topaz
December – Turquoise/ Blue Topaz/Tanzanite

Additional information


Ring Size S, Ring Size I, Ring Size T, Ring Size J, Ring Size: other (message me), Ring Size K, Ring Size L, Ring Size M, Ring Size N, Ring Size O, Ring Size P, Ring Size Q, Ring Size G, Ring Size R, Ring Size H


Single 6mm Moonstone, Moonstone + 2 x 3mm stones


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Seller Reviews

  1. Sarah

    Lovely lovely rings, thrilled with my purchase and excellent customer service. What a skilled and creative artist! Thank you so much, I will be back

  2. Sarah

    I’m very happy with the ring sizer. Thank you!

  3. Linda Brown

    Absolutely fantastic well made unique little silver earrings! Better than described and better than picture! Beautifully packaged and super fast delivery too! Thank you!


    Lovely necklace, beautifully packaged, promptly delivered. Thank you!

  5. Lesley McKay

    Very pretty little earrings,easy to wear.Thank you!

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    I am “over the moon” (no pun intended) with this lovely necklace. Incredibly well made and beautifully designed – I can’t wait to wear it. Very efficient and communicative seller, I will be definitely buying from this shop again.

  7. Susan D.

    Added this on as a present for my friend and may keep it I love it so much!

  8. Susan D.

    This is just beautiful looks so much better than the photo of that’s possible. A very talented designer!

  9. Susan D.

    The most amazing design, looks even better in real life.

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