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A Wedding Ring That Wears From Silver Into Gold, Over Time

A silver ring by Torafu Architects rubs off over time to reveal a gold wedding band beneath.

Men spend an average of $5,000 on engagement rings, then drop another however many hundreds or thousands of dollars on wedding bands. Call me unromantic, but that is a huge waste of money (I’d rather spend 10 days in Antigua)—especially when you can buy what’s effectively two rings in one.

Japan-based Torafu Architects coated a ring in a thin layer of silver that rubs off over time to reveal a gold wedding band beneath. "The time shared between two people can thus be felt with the wearing of this ring," they say. That’s one way to look at it. Another: It’s a great way for cheap-asses to avoiding having to buy an engagement ring and a wedding band.

There is a third, distinctly unsentimental function, as a commenter on Designboom points out: infidelity sniffer-outer. If the inside of your partner’s ring wears away too quickly—quicker than the exterior—that means he takes it off way more than he should. Yikes.

[Images courtesy of Torafu Architects]

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  • Es.Diaboda

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  • Roni ^^

    The difference is that it /is/ a gold ring. that has a light coating of silver on top. So over time the silver wears off and shows the gold ring.

  • TheHunter

    A Wedding Ring That Wears From Silver Into Gold, Over Time -  Are you serious? - Aren't these available from Argos?

  • 123

    Try buying a silver Gold ring... they naturally tarnish over time into a gold ring... How is this any different... Oh wait... I see it costs more so therefore it MUST be new, better and different.

  • akay1

    I don't see how this has ANYTHING to do with combining two rings into one. It's about a single ring changing over time.