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Any Suggestions For a Meaningful Geeky Wedding Band?

Soulskill posted more than 6 years ago | from the how-about-a-glow-in-the-dark-uranium-ring? dept.

Earth 755

mbutala writes "I am getting close to popping the question, and I've been racking my brain for an idea for a cool and unique wedding band. I've been thinking of contacting a company that can (possibly) fabricate a ring from pure Iridium (Ir) or a nearly pure alloy. It is the most corrosion-resistant metal known — it cannot be dissolved in aqua regia like gold or platinum. Iridium is extremely rare on Earth, and the high concentration of it at the K-T boundary in the Earth's crust is what suggests a meteor took out the dinosaurs. I am positive that the symbolism of the permanence of Iridium, the reminder that we are star-stuff, and the fact that the ring would be one-of-a-kind would really strike a chord with my girlfriend. It's a really geeky idea, so I thought I would run it past you all — what do you think? Any other ideas?"

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It's her day so... (5, Insightful)

Gavin Scott (15916) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807081)

Just don't make the mistake of thining that any part of the wedding process (past the proposal) is about you :)

The short answer is "whatever she wants".

G.

Re:It's her day so... (4, Insightful)

bughunter (10093) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807423)

Also, make sure that it's sized properly. She ain't gonna be able to get it resized at Zales.

Re:It's her day so... (4, Informative)

GuyWithLag (621929) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807493)

Also, keep in mind that fingers do get larger during the normal course of life, so you will need to resize it anyway at some point in the future.

Re:It's her day so... (1)

douglaid (897645) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807561)

I agree.

We may do things differently here in Oz. We bought an engagement ring and wedding ring as a matching pair. No producing an engagement ring bought without her input. After all, she has to wear them with pride.

If you will wear a band as well, it can be iridium if you prefer. I disliked the idea, and was thought a bit strange.

Re:It's her day so... (2, Insightful)

Carthag (643047) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807483)

If you're marrying a horrible bitch I guess.

If the wedding is somehow all about her, imagine what a discussion about laundry will be 10 years from now.

Don't be an idiot. Who the fuck rated this shit insightful?

Re:It's her day so... (4, Insightful)

bhima (46039) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807531)

other people who have already been married

Re:It's her day so... (4, Funny)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807587)

Unlikely. You forget where you are.

Re:It's her day so... (5, Funny)

rossz (67331) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807491)

I nominate this as the best advice ever posted on Slashdot.

Every woman dreams of the perfect "fairy princes" wedding. Even the ones that say otherwise have that dream. If you are in any way responsible for that dream not coming true, you will pay for it for the rest of your life. It's nearly impossible to pull off that kind of wedding. Just don't be the fool who screws it up.

My baby sisters wedding was screwed up by the bakery. They completely screwed up her wedding cake order and delivered a lovely green Irish derby cake.

My wedding was in a castle in Europe (Buda Castle, Budapest). The women in my family have yet to forgive me for outdoing them.

Re:It's her day so... (5, Insightful)

HazyRigby (992421) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807527)

Every woman dreams of the perfect "fairy princes" wedding. Even the ones that say otherwise have that dream.

How silly. No, every woman does not dream of that. I got married in Vegas to avoid such a (to me) preposterous display, and I've never regretted it for a moment. I wore jeans. It took about fifteen minutes.

Re:It's her day so... (5, Insightful)

Carthag (643047) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807581)

My parents got married at town hall during lunch break and didn't get rings until 20 years later. True love doesn't give a shit about retarded money showers.

two words: (3, Funny)

saskboy (600063) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807083)

Bucky Balls. Nothing says I love you like a ring made out of carcinogenic carbon nano tubes!

Now in less carcinogenic flavours!

Or you could make it yourself. (1)

RustinHWright (1304191) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807363)

Another approach would be to use some material or object of particular significance to you both, take a few hundred dollars of the typical cost of a ring to buy a precision drill press and some appropriate bits, make a ring yourself out of said material, and when you're done, you'll have a great ring and your own drill press. Maybe a piece of cast iron from a bench from your first date or something like that.

Unusual elements are nice but coming up with a design where you can literally say "I sweated for days to get this just right" would say even more and would certainly be a tale that she would be proud to share.

If, that is, this is what SHE wants. Like everybody else here, I can't help but ask, is this the kind of thing that *she* has in mind?

Re:Or you could make it yourself. (5, Insightful)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807477)


All I'll add to that, is if he's found a girl who will value his imagination, willingness to put all that effort, throught and dilligence in, more than she values waving some diamonds with no intrinsic value at her friends and having them wave their own back (sometimes with a concealed snide reference to it not being worth as much their diamonds), then he should under no circumstances ever let this girl go. She's more valuable than any precious metal or gemstone.

Good luck to the submitter!

Re:two words: (1)

NuclearError (1256172) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807503)

Nothing symbolizes permanence like low level nuclear waste. So if you are looking for a ring material that symbolizes permanence....

Platinum-Iridium (5, Funny)

Dwedit (232252) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807095)

If it's made out of Platinum-Iridium, you can make a wedding band which weighs exactly one kilogram.

Re:Platinum-Iridium (4, Funny)

saskboy (600063) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807131)

That would be *slightly* inconvenient to wear, but think of the size of her left arm after a few months of wearing it?

Re:Platinum-Iridium (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807221)

So long as the OP doesn't wear a matching band ... people may get the wrong idea.

Re:Platinum-Iridium (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807451)

Strange advertising... yet oddly on topic
http://i37.tinypic.com/dyajvr.png

Re:Platinum-Iridium (4, Funny)

XaXXon (202882) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807139)

Talk about a ball and chain...

Re:Platinum-Iridium (1)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807229)

Getting it to *weigh* one kg -- now there's a challenge!

no need for ideas.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807101)

Sounds like you already know what you want, and are just seeking confirmation..

"It's okay, you're doing fine, she'll say yes for sure! Go for it tiger!!"

tru luv (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807111)

burger ring

but fsck getting married

Save your money (5, Interesting)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807133)

My advice: Don't get too fancy. Titanium makes a dandy wedding band for a bunch of reasons:

1. It's inexpensive. My ring ran something like $99, so I can afford to have a backup living in my filing cabinet in case I ever lose this one (people lose their rings all the time -- ask that one beach volleyball player from the Olympics this year). Also, if my fingers get fatter in my old age, I can replace the ring for cheap. Overspending? Not geeky.
2. It's hard enough that it'll shatter before it deforms. Most ring-related injuries are a result of the ring bending into the finger. That's bad. My ring won't deform easily and will probably shatter before deforming, so I have a better chance of keeping my finger than someone with a gold wedding band. Inability to hit the "S" key due to a missing finger? Not geeky.
3. It can be cut off. Hospitals can cut off a 6-4 titanium band, so if I ever injur my finger badly enough that it swells up I can, again, keep my finger and continue hitting the "S" key freely. See #2.
4. It's light. I hardly know I have it on. This may or may not be a good thing, depending on what sort of person you are. It's also completely hypoallergenic, which I understand is different than simply nonreactive. Not having your ring cause you weird skin issues? Geeky.
5. It's geeky. Go rent The Abyss if you have to. While I haven't stopped any hydraulic doors with mine, it is in perfect shape after four fantastic years. The finish gets a little scuffed, but it's still in perfect shape despite some significant abuse. You want geeky? I have "Don't Panic" inscribed in the inside of mine (and "Panic" inscribed in the backup ring I mentioned in #1). Sound advice, that.

I understand the drive to be unique, but take it from me (I moonlight as a wedding photographer): Weddings are already stupid-expensive. You should get immediately out of the habit of overspending when cheaper and perfectly satisfactory alternatives exist. As for your other point: *all* rings are starstuff -- gold, platinum, titanium, whatever -- so your last point there is complete hyperbole. Again, not excessively geeky.

Osmium (5, Funny)

cirby (2599) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807247)

That way, your wife can say, "It's very, very dense. Just like my husband."

Re:Save your money (5, Insightful)

pcsnow (1353993) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807261)

I agree. My wife was so pleased that we did something different, well a little different, titanium. You might consider asking her in a very vague/hypothecal sort of way if she were to some day consider being married if she feels strongly about what sort of ring she would like or could she be pleased if someone might just surprise her. I think some girls like to be surprised and like being a little unique, but others would stomp on you if you gave them something other than what they have wanted all their fecund life.

Re:Save your money (1)

dafrazzman (1246706) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807467)

As for your other point: *all* rings are starstuff -- gold, platinum, titanium, whatever -- so your last point there is complete hyperbole. Again, not excessively geeky.

There is the K-T Boundary with high concentrations of Iridium. Not, gold, silver titanium or whatever. Iridium.

Iridium is not common on Earth, so this layer likely came from a solar impact, unlike gold, which is a common element here on Earth.

Iridium would be a great star dust reminder, much more so than gold or platinum. Whether or not that justifies spending loads on a ring is debatable.

Re:Save your money (5, Informative)

peas_n_carrots (1025360) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807589)

You're missing the point of the post you replied to. Based on the theory that planets and stars are formed from clouds of gases, every naturally occurring element on a planet is "stardust". The earth is a planet, the sun is a star, and we're all made of matter from this planet. Gold and carbon are no less stardust than iridium, just not as common on this planet.

Re:Save your money (2, Interesting)

the_fat_kid (1094399) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807559)

Listen to Skyshadow.
He is right in so many ways and with a 3 digit UID he IS an expert on what makes something "geeky"
I got my wife a titanium ring with a gold band. She loves it.
the idea of having a back up ring is pure genius.

One Ring (1)

Cruel Angel (676514) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807137)

I can't seem to find what it was made of.

Re:One Ring (4, Funny)

mellon (7048) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807465)

Dude, it's right there in the Silmarillion. What kind of geek are you, anyway?

Re:One Ring (3, Insightful)

darkonc (47285) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807481)

It's not what it was made of that made it important -- it's was how it was processed. If it was a block of silicon, it would be like the difference between a 4-core CPU die, and a solar cell block of the same size.

Duh. (4, Funny)

Gazzonyx (982402) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807141)

Geeky wedding band? Weird Al!
It's all about the Pentiums, baby.

...Huh? Wrong kind of band?

Tattoo (1)

Tatarize (682683) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807541)

Get a tattoo of a band.

What women want. (1)

tumutbound (549414) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807143)

You're definitely a geek if you're even CONSIDERING giving your beloved a wedding band made of anything but gold.
It's a chick thing.

Re:What women want. (3, Informative)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807153)

I assume he's talking about *his* wedding band, just from the syntax.

Men have wedding bands, women have wedding rings. It's just one of those things.

Re:What women want. (2)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807539)


Ohhhh. That doesn't translate across the Atlantic. When I saw 'wedding band,' that meant musical band to me. When I worked out he meant a wedding ring, it seemed natural that if he had all this concern about what sort of ring to buy, then it was hers. He can obviously do what he likes with his own.

It's a shame. If he had found a girl who would value this sort of symbolism and effort on his part over a conventional diamonds and gold thing, then he would have found a very wonderful girl (though I'm sure she is anyway).

Re:What women want. (1)

mellon (7048) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807479)

We went with platinum. What's the big deal about gold? You can't make a fuel cell with gold!

Hmmm (1)

shma (863063) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807163)

So you want a ring that is one-of-a-kind, indestructible, and carries significance for geeks. How about this [hmns.org] ?

Zircons (2, Funny)

ultracool (883965) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807167)

Zircons are forever!

Nothing says geek like a ring made of..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807171)

Plutonium.

Advice (5, Funny)

Musrum (779646) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807173)

Don't get your question posted on /. immediately after a story about a man killing his wife

Re:Advice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807519)

Oh, wow! I didn't even realize that as I was reading the articles...

The subconscious is an amazing thing, isn't it mbutala?

Go to... (1)

brassmaster (950537) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807177)

...raru.com. They make custom engagement rings and wedding bands in a number of different metals, infinite choice of designs (including your own personal sketches), and choice of any stones you might want. Did the trick for me :-)

They Might Be Giants (2, Funny)

spotvt01 (626574) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807183)

I think they stand on their own .. hell just getting a band who is willing to cover their songs might do well enough ...

Charmonium (3, Funny)

xPsi (851544) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807203)

A charmonium ring would be pretty geeky and certainly impress the heck out of her. As the ground state of a charm and anticharm quark bound state, it is also amongst the most expensive materials on the planet, costing perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of person-years to produce mere zeptomoles of the stuff. It not only has a nice moniker with the word "charm" in it, it is also a humble reminder we were once all part of a seething mass of quark-gluon plasma. Never mind the copious radiation that will be emitted as a ring-sized clump of the stuff rapidly decays on her finger. Ok, I'll shut up now. Iridium is definitely a good call.

Industrial nuclear reactors and color centers (5, Interesting)

mpoulton (689851) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807205)

Our wedding bands themselves are not too metallurgically unusual (though the construction involves a difficult inlay made from palladium-gold alloy). However, my wife's diamond is extra geeky! It's an artificial blue diamond - a natural white diamond subjected to massive gamma irradiation in an industrial nuclear reactor or particle accelerator. The irradiation disturbs the crystal lattice and produces color centers in the diamond, causing a blue-green hue. She loves it, and tells the story to every geek she meets.

DU? (2, Interesting)

MoFoQ (584566) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807219)

what about depleted uranium?

it's super dense....and extremely long half-life (weakly radioactive...according to wiki)

titanium (3, Informative)

Robbat2 (148889) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807227)

My wife's engagement ring, plus our wedding bands are Titanium:
http://titaniumrings.com/ [titaniumrings.com]

Re:titanium (1)

Ost99 (101831) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807555)

We got our wedding rings at http://www.titaniumera.com/ [titaniumera.com]

Our profession rings are stainless steel and gold, to symbolize durable/strong and noble/precious.
So we wanted something more than gold for our wedding band. We ended up with a titanium-platinum combination, and we're very happy with the choice.

Guaranteed success (5, Informative)

imasu (1008081) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807235)

Just pop the question with no ring and tell her it's because you want everything to be perfect and want to go pick it out together with her. Then let her have 100% say.

Get used to this algorithm, you'll be applying it to all sorts of problems in the future. It even handles otherwise NP-complete issues with ease.

Trust me on this.

Re:Guaranteed success (1)

pedestrian crossing (802349) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807373)

Obviously someone who knows what women want. Mod parent up!

Re:Guaranteed success (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807567)

If you people are seriously marrying women with the intention of being doormats your entire lives, you will be a miserable, pathetic wretch long before she ruins you in the divorce.

Any marriage based on "yes dear, yes dear" over and over again is an eternity in HELL. If you care even an ounce about yourself, you won't do turn into "that guy".

Re:Guaranteed success (1)

the_fat_kid (1094399) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807585)

and practice this phrase: "you're right, I'm sorry"
it is as close to winning an argument with your wife (or a cop) as you are ever going to get.

Sure as hell won't be one of a kind now! (1)

NoobixCube (1133473) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807239)

You've mentioned an idea for a perfect geek wedding ring on a site entirely populated by geeks. More than a few are going to steal that idea, now :P. I'm more partial to an intricate and meaningful design, rather than the choice of metal. Maybe a pattern of the earliest known human DNA, to symbolize a new beginning?

Mobius strip? (2, Interesting)

wisty (1335733) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807573)

What about having it shaped as a Mobius strip? It would be easy, as long as it twists near the stone setting (a twist on the main band would be uncomfortable), and the 2 sides being one is kind of symbolic.

A woman posting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807245)

So this is very sweet sentiment - BUT is this what she wants? Most women want hmm Diamonds - Gold - hmm platinum - even silver is nice - make sure the sweetness of your geekness isn't lost on your girlfriend - if she is a geek ignore me...

Don't save your money (3, Funny)

bytta (904762) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807255)

Wedding advice on slashdot? You have got to be kidding...

But seriously - A fancy ring is totally worth it.
Mine is Palladium/Platinum split diagonally - looks mostly like silver but if you look closely you can see the brownish tint of palladium on one side. My wife thinks it's a symbol of how close we are (or something like that - I never listen to her anyway).

Tungsten (1)

MagusSlurpy (592575) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807259)

Tungsten, baby! Tough as hell to scratch or damage. And after the apocalypse, you can melt it down to make some replacement light bulb filaments! Now if only you can find some argon . . .

Posting on Slashdot? (4, Insightful)

Zencyde (850968) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807265)

If she's a geek, she's reading this. You probably shouldn't be posting such a question on Slashdot. Not to mention that this sort of thing comes from the heart. Do yourself a favor and disregard everything here. Go with what your gut tells you, not ours.

Re:Posting on Slashdot? (2, Informative)

ari_j (90255) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807553)

And, of course, by "your gut" he means to say "your fiancee." That is, if you want her to be your fiancee.

Irridium is forever....... (5, Funny)

spooje (582773) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807289)

Yes, nothing says eternal love like something that caused one of largest losses of life the Earth has ever seen.

Plastics! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807513)

I would favor plastics, the real geeky material. Perhaps even carbon fiber.

Titanium and iridium would scratch everything you touch, they are very hard. (18K gold doesn't)

Platinum with Balck Diamonds. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807297)

Black Diamonds are apparently extraterrestrial in origin,
Either formed in space or by the impact of a asteroid or comet.

Only found in Brazil and Central Africa.

Id go for a Platinum / White gold combo with Black diamonds and a single earth gem (possibly diamond).

Covers all bases.... :)

Damian

Initials in gemstones (1)

brindafella (702231) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807303)

Try to spell her birth initials by using gemstones [wikipedia.org] . Probably cheaper, and also definitely a talking point. (BTW... The initial could be 'in' the name of the stone.) You'll probably get the same "how thoughtful" reaction from her friends and acquaintances, and *not* get the eye-roll as well.

Alaska (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807323)

I had a friend years ago who had been married 9 times when we lost track of him. Each time, he would disappear for months at a time to Alaska in order to kill a grizzly bear from whose bones he would hand carve a wedding ring for his wife-to-be. After the 4th bear, it became pretty clear that his marriages were an excuse to go kill go bears. They were all crazy hippy chicks, but none of the wives seemed to find it any less romantic that they were (nth) to have received a hand-carved wedding ring from the bones of a bear killed by the bare hands of their man.

Go north, to Alaska . . . you know what you need to do.

don't rely on ONE thing (2, Funny)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807343)

No matter how strong the material is, it changes with time.

You should have understood the redundancy-reliability tradeoff.

Get your redundant array of inexpensive wedding bands now!

MSDS?! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807355)

Why don't you nerds read an MSDS on the material of choice before making yourself a guinea pig.

More Geeky uses for Iridium (0, Offtopic)

bughunter (10093) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807369)

Radiation Shielding -- Better than lead for shielding of electronic components from space radiation, though considerably more expensive. At a previous job where I built detectors for satellite remote sensing instruments, one design included some rather hefty Iridium vaults to protect back-illuminated CCDs from excessive particle radiation and total dose effects.

Antimatter -- Iridium targets are bombarded with insanely high-energy Protons to create antiprotons. Actually, a whole menagerie of exotic particles are created, but antiprotons are picked off using a high-T magnetic field and diverted into a collecting cyclotron beam. All in a hard vacuum, of course.

How about (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807371)

you just go for gold? If you can't appreciate why gold is special, you can't really consider yourself to be a geek.

Alternatively, if you do know why gold is a particularly special element but still want something else, let me be so bold as to suggest that you're not a geek at all but a particularly pitiable sort of attention-seeker. After all, if you're discounting gold as an option it is presumably because it's the traditional metal for wedding bands. And if you're doing that it's because you (possibly pitiably) see yourself as an "individual" as opposed to being a "geek."

Regardless, I call bullshit on your claim to be a geek on quite different grounds. You claim your login is "mbutala" but a quick search shows no /. user by that name. You probably don't even have a fiancee.

E-beam lithography (4, Interesting)

The Absurd Chemist (1329795) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807375)

My brother recently proposed to his girlfriend by doing the following: (caption from his photo follows, which I do not have permission to post)

"Optical microscopy image of the engagement device under white light. The bare Si/SiO2 substrate appears violet while the metal (chrome/gold) artwork appears yellow. The artwork was patterned using electron beam lithography and metalized using thermal evaporation. The artwork was created using QCad, a linux-compatible free software alternative to AutoCAD."

The image was the 2 of them sitting out in the wilderness watching the Perseid meteor shower and can just barely be seen with the unaided eye. He proposed while the 2 of them were out watching it, and it was also what they did for one of their very first dates. He took her out to the same spot as on their earlier date, then gave her the device, which I hear is going to be mounted in some kind of clear polymer and mounted on a ring or necklace.

I will most definitely have a high geekiness standard to live up to when I propose or am proposed to.

Iridosmine or Osmiridium (1)

Erbium Solitons (1351895) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807379)

Good choice in elements. I highly recommend the book "Nature's Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements." by John Emsley. Iridium is a great and rare element. It is often combined with Osmium. It often comes from space. Osmium has a very long radio-active 1/2 life. We're talking like 4 quad-rillion years. Cadmium and cerium may have longer half-lifes (tens of quad-rillion years (10 to the plus 15 years/CERIUM-50 million billionths of years half life!!!)). On the other end of the spectrum we're talking about titanium doped sapphire lasers....which can produce information at 10 to the negative 15 seconds (4 million billioneths of a second!!!/4 fermtoseconds). Do you want a longlasting and/or quick producing metal alloy?

Moebius (1)

swallowedbyafish (1354003) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807385)

You should get her a Moebius (or Mobius) Ring wedding band. Look it up. Basically its this really cool topological anomaly (technically not an anomaly, but that describes it well). When you take a strip of something and give it a half twist and then connect the two ends to make a ring, it magically has only one side and one edge. Quite a geeky structure if you ask me...

Save money (2, Funny)

Maelwryth (982896) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807387)

You can have mine.

Wedding Band? (1)

kermit1221 (75994) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807389)

Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, of course.

I was gonna but didn't... (1)

silverpig (814884) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807393)

I was going to make a ring out of Rhenium. It's rarer than platinum, was the last naturally occurring element to be isolated, and is virtually indestructible. I found enough of it on ebay, and have access to a high-vacuum ebeam system to melt the metal, but couldn't get a nice crucible for it. I was lazy and ended up with a tungsten carbide ring which I love.

Re:I was gonna but didn't... (1)

silverpig (814884) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807399)

Oh, and I was going to have a custom engagement ring made too using a CVD grown boron-doped diamond so it had a blue tinge to it.

Heavy Metals Dangerous? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807413)

I was once told that you don't want having a heavy metal (ir, ti) against your skin all the time. Is this true?

The ring's the thing. (4, Informative)

SoupIsGood Food (1179) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807419)

Your finger will likely not remain the size it is. You will lose or gain weight, so the ring will need to be resized. This will likely be a gigantic pain in the rear with an exotic metal like Iridium. It certainly is for titanium.

Any halfway competent jeweler can braze in a new segment of ring, even one with a complex pattern, if it's made of a precious metal commonly found in jewelry. Most large jewelry stores or store chains will also offer free size adjustment of the band for life as part of the deal, or for a small fee at the time of purchase.

Titanium is theoretically re-sizeable, but only smaller, as doing two small welds so close together are impractical: it needs to be welded in an oxygen-free environment. In reality, they're going to have to give you a new ring if (when) you need to re-size, as it's a lot cheaper to replace than repair. Likewise tungsten-carbide steel, which is also popular these days. I want to keep =this= ring, not have it replaced if something goes wrong. Stupid and sentimental, I know, but still...

There's also the issue of medical emergency. If your finger swells up abruptly, due to injury or allergy, the hospital will need to cut your ring off. They have tools to do this painlessly and quickly with silver/gold/platinum bands, but things get tricky with tougher stuff, like tool-grade steel, titanium, and, I'd imagine, iridium. What was a minor medical procedure is now a medical emergency requiring tools that the hospital may not have.

It was a hard choice, as there are a ton of cool carbon fiber and titanium wedding bands out there, but I found a two-tone gold band with a nice herringbone pattern. It's unusual, comfortable, and can be cut and resized as needed. It's not as cheap as titanium, carbon fiber or tool-grade tungsten-carbide, but it will be easier to maintain.

If you want =really= unusual, I have a friend who had his tattooed on. Now that's commitment.

How about Uranium (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807429)

Or some other radioactive metal as a reminder that we're all falling apart.

YOU FAIL IT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807457)

the c4annel to sign

The One Ring (2, Interesting)

elenaran (649639) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807461)

Do what I did - get the exact replica of the ring used in the Lord of the Rings movies: http://www.jenshansen.com/thering.aspx [jenshansen.com] Pricey, but so worth it for having the exact same ring as the movies. Can't get any geekier than that!

Make it yourself (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807471)

Geeky, to me, means original(eccentric) and thorough(obsessive). If you want original and thorough, no commercial jeweller is going to be that for you as well as you can be that for yourself.
A DIY ring is cheap without being Cheap, guaranteed unique, and as geeky as you make it.
As a hobbyist jeweller, I can attest that wedding bands are easy to make. I'm going to marry my fiancee in Spring 2009 (your autumn, northern hemisphericans) with a home-made mokume-gane band. (google it. Mokume is Nifty)

NICE SOFT METAL (really, read this) (5, Interesting)

Medievalist (16032) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807485)

My dad has a platinum wedding band.

After he'd been wearing it a couple decades, one day he slipped and started to fall in a parking lot. His hand was resting on the top of a metal fence post, and as it slipped off, the metal rod clamped to the post (that held a run of chain-link fence to it) found its way between his finger and the ring.

The ring was well fitted, so when the steel was deflected inwards by the stronger platinum, gravity caused the steel to slice him to the bone. Then he was hanging by one damaged finger with his full weight held by the steel rod inside the ring.

If you calculate the strength of your wife's finger joint relative to her weight (and she's not barsoomian or emaciated or something) you'll see that the next thing that happens is the finger pops right off. Luckily for my dad, he is quite strong, so he grabbed the chain-link with his other hand and only got his finger stretched to un-natural length.

The doctors fixed it, so it wasn't as bad as getting your silk tie caught in a generator, but it was still a real wake-up call. Unbreakable ring on breakable finger has a very bad failure mode.

Get her a really nice soft metal ring with a beautiful design. High-carat gold is really much redder than the common stuff - it's noticeably prettier - and you can always inlay it with something that's not a continuous band.

A great idea but.. (1)

predder (1168803) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807489)

I really dig the idea (and as such, will claim it as my own to my non-geeky friends) however, how feasible is it to get a ring made of *pure* Iridium? Its properties make it fairly difficult to work with so even if you manage to purchase a chunk of it I can't see you just showing up to a jeweler and asking them to make you a ring.. How did you plan on actually procuring/creating said ring?

Geeky wedding band? (1)

dafrazzman (1246706) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807495)

Well, these guys [slashdot.org] might do.

(Score:-1, Bad Pun)

Ahem.......You sure about that? (1)

Anachragnome (1008495) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807507)

Do you really want to put something that signifies the almost complete destruction of life on our planet on your wifes finger?

The fear of sudden superpowers would put me off quite well, thank you.

You can do what I did. My wedding band is a tattoo. I think it stated my feelings, as well as my commitment, more then I could have with words. As much to myself as my wife.

And you don't have to take it off to make bread, work on the car, etc.

Er, it's not all that different... (1)

Jack9 (11421) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807509)

Most of your fiancee's friends are going to be non-geeks and they all like to see the same thing. The traditional geek band is a diamond band. Even if you think you can do better, you really can't...unless you're marrying a guy. //Welcome to the 21st century California).

It'll snap like a twig! (2, Informative)

mellon (7048) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807511)

You might want to read the article. Iridium may not dissolve when exposed to aqua regia, but it's too brittle to machine. Bodes ill.

Consider getting a ring made of damascus steel. Just make sure they've smoothed off the rough edges first. Rings made this way are quite beautiful.

MÃbius (1)

nsayer (86181) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807517)

'nuf said.

Re:MÃbius (1)

nsayer (86181) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807525)

I guess maybe it WASN'T 'nuf said. Let's try again, without the umlaut. Mobius.

Some more suggestions: (1)

NeutronCowboy (896098) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807521)

Sometimes, it's not the metal, but where the metal came from.

How about some steel from one of the Apollo capsules? Some moon rock in it? All horribly expensive, not to mention somewhat hard to get. As an easier alternative: get a damascus steel one. The patterning is fascinating, and can be made by any competent blacksmith.

I married a geek once ... (5, Funny)

surfcow (169572) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807523)

... and she gave me a Token Ring.

Honest.

Cultured Diamonds (1)

justinlee37 (993373) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807543)

If your geeky bride-to-be is socially conscientious, frugal, or just into cool science, a cultured diamond from "Gemesis" is probably what you want for the stone itself (unless you can think of a better idea). http://www.gemesis.com/ [gemesis.com]

Iridium Rings?! (3, Interesting)

crowbarsarefornerdyg (1021537) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807563)

Sweet idea. I've already had a set made. It was insanely expensive; I purchased the material myself, and finding a jeweler that was willing to work with the metal was difficult. In the end though, the rings turned out spectacularly. They're nearly indestructible, and look absolutely amazing. If you have the funds, I would recommend a set.

FYI, Iridium is the most common hardening agent in Platinum for jewelry.

mass=win? (1)

themadplasterer (931983) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807571)

Get the heaviest material possible. This will dissuade your wife from raising her hand and wagging her finger disapprovingly at you, however, be warned that if she is a stubborn one it will prove ineffective and she will end up with an arm like Hulk Hogan and give you five across the eyes instead.

Materialstic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24807577)

Uh, dude, how about something immaterial like love?

I think for a lot of people on Slashdot (4, Funny)

HomerJ (11142) | more than 6 years ago | (#24807599)

Their wedding bands are going to be made of unobtanium.

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