Ani L'Dodi Wedding Bands

June 2009
14 karat white gold

A couple came to me for a set of wedding rings with the classic and beautiful phrase אני לדודי ודודי לי on them. Taken from the Song of Songs, the phrase means "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." The groom wanted the message close to his flesh, so we put the design on the inside and left the gently-domed exterior smooth and featureless.

The bride's ring is a narrow 4mm, so making the text large enough to be legible and still be graphically strong was tricky. Some Hebrew letters extend above the basic block shape of the script, and some extend below; the phrase אני לדודי ודודי לי has two lamed letters (ל) in the phrase that extend above the rest of the text but no parts that go below. Making all of the letters small enough to fit the lameds on the band would make the details too small or would leave too much white space at the top of the design. We decided to round the edges of the band and to take advantage of the its three dimensions by curving the lamed around the shank of the ring and ending it on the inside.

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