Dog tags with sentimental value!
I have carried my dads wedding ring with me for 19 years now as a good luck charm and I’ve worn it for all major events in my life. As I race ironman triathlon, carrying a chunky wedding ring around my neck was not always comfortable so I decided to have the ring made into something smaller. As the ring is important to me I did not just want to give this to any jewellers in London where I now work and live and decided to ask Jo from Clusters what she recommend. I’ve known Jo since she moved to the North East and trusted her to come up with some way of me able to carry my dads ring with me at all times.
What she suggested to do was to keep the metal intact rather than melting it down. Her idea was just simply cutting, shaping and polishing the gold ring into dog tags. She also said this way, the original hallmark of the ring would remain intact on the back of one of the tags. The hallmark tag was kept as the full width of the ring and engraved on the front with the word ‘Believe’. My dad also told me you can do anything you want with your life if you Believe in yourself, and training for Ironman has given that a whole new meaning. The second half of the ring was split into to two narrow tags – one of these has been engraved with IMUK 2013, the first ironman race i took part in and it has my finishers time on the reverse. The third tag is currently blank waiting for my next memorable date to be engraved, whether that be an important qualifying race time or a significant life event.
I am over the moon with the dog tags and Jo also supplied me with the best chain for such valuable charms. She recommended a chain made of palladium as this metal is incredibly strong meaning I could have a thin / light chain that was strong enough to take such charms.
The overall result is perfect. I am very happy and would certainly recommend Jo’s services to anyone wanting some custom jewellery making. Check out her website for more info.
Thank Jo and the team at Clusters.