• 04.18.12

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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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.