11 Maiden Ln., New York, NY, 10038
By AmySchnelleMolina on 7/20/2010
My husband and I were kicking around ideas of what we wanted for our wedding bands, and we were lucky enough to come across Sam's listing in NY Magazine early in the search. Seriously - we looked at two jeweler sites, and then Sam. Decision MADE! After we found out you could make your rings instead of just -buying- something, no other option seemed good enough! Making bands for each other is definitely the way to go. Each time I put my ring on, I look back on that workshop and can't help but smile. We had a blast working on the rings together, and Sam was an excellent teacher/host/DJ/fire rescue/lunch date/"who's the better filer" judge...etc. I can't think of any better way to personalize your big day, and come on - who doesn't want those bragging rights when people ask to see your rings??!
By apurohit77 on 11/2/2009
I went up to NYC from Philly to make an engagement ring. Sam is really helpful--very personable and intelligent about his work, but he also slows down to really explain things to you and help you through the process. At the end of the day, I had a beautiful engagement ring that I had made myself, and I know that it is a good quality ring b/c of NY Wedding Ring's expertise. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone who wants to add a personal touch to an important life event.
By okakani on 3/26/2008
Sams workshop turned what would otherwise have been a forgettable yet painful experience into an engaging (hah!) and rewarding time. Sam helped from the beginning and provided great insight into every single part of the ring, ranging from choosing the setting to designing the ring to selecting gemstones and even advice on presenting the ring. Besides being extremely helpful in all stages of production, Sam went above and beyond for me, creating an extremely unique engagement ring that required him to block off extra time and stay up late multiple nights. He even kept working on the ring when I had to leave to make sure that it was ready for the big day. Sam was also helpful in providing eco-gold and lab-created materials to lessen the impact on the environment. Most importantly, my fiancé absolutely loved the fact that I put my own time and effort into it (being able to write a check isnt everything). Anyone can just blindly hand a credit card over to the counter girl at Tiffanys so why not enjoy yourself and make her something no one else in the world has?
By rokahn on 2/21/2008
I wanted a mokume gane engagement ring. Mokume gane is the Japanese name for the woodgrain look made by blending two metals together--similar to Damascus steel. I researched galleries in New York and didn't find anything I wanted to give her. I came upon Sam Abbay, who runs (and is the sole teacher) of NewYorkWeddingRing.com Easy-going, personable guy who loves what he does. I brought my fiancee along to the initial consultation and the three of us figured out what I was going to make. I chose the metals, woodgrain pattern, & band shape while she cared about the gem, overall color, and comfort. Sam ordered the gold, silver, and sapphire. Sam then coached me through making the ring over two days while my fiancee watched and made a simple ring on her own (which ended up being my wedding band). Great experience for both of us. Here's a photo of the ring: http://www.newyorkweddingring.com/wedding-images/200-padparadscha-sapphire-engagement-ring.jpg
By kcdutcher on 2/13/2008
We made our rings at Sam's warm workshop on a cold December day. The experience was amazing, and worth every penny. Sam VERY patiently guided us through each step of the process, and then let us loose. We did everything (sometimes not perfectly), and Sam was there to fix all of our mistakes. If marriage is a process, why shouldn't making the ring be one, too? I am proud to wear the ring that my partner and I made!! Oh yeah...Sam played great music and sent us home with tons of digital photos from the day!
By 123snacks on 2/5/2008
My fiance made my beautiful engagement ring with Sam, and we both just went to make our wedding rings. They're beautiful, and we had such a great day making them together! How much more personal can a ring get than if you make it with your own hands, after all? Sam is so patient and gives you an education while you work so you'll fully understand and appreciate the process. I had no idea whatsoever of what I was doing when we walked in, but at the end of the day I'd made a gorgeous ring and knew so much more about the science of precious metals! Sam's also very open to using recycled metals, cultured diamonds, etc to help lessen your wedding's effect on the environment. All aces, in my book. Go for it!