Lashbrook Designs (Est. 2000) According to its current posting on Linked In, Lashbrook Designs is “…on a mission to change the way that America thinks about, feels about, and buys men’s wedding rings. We make rings that guys love to wear, using classic and exotic materials such as: Meteorite, Carbon Fiber, Hardwood, Damascus Steel, Cobalt Chrome, Licensed Camo, Mokume Gane, Zirconium, Titanium, Platinum, Palladium, Gold, and precious stones. We are also the exclusive North America distributors of Elysium, a solid diamond ring. Above all, what sets us apart is our ability to create custom and personalized rings. We create rings with meaning, rings that tell a story, rings that make a difference.”
The accuracy of those assertions is demonstrated in what Lashbrook’s peers say about the company. The Titanium Jewelry Company calls “Lashbrook Designs – an American made success story.”
Founded in 2000 in Utah by Eric Laker, Lashbrook bands symbolize their commitment to building extraordinary pieces. The company is named for Eric’s great, great grandfather, Lashbrook Laker. The senior Lashbrook was born in 1835 and moved to Utah when he was 15. He was one of the first settlers that would form the state of Utah and create the foundation for one of its largest cities.
The company began with only a handful of styles and finished in Eric’s garage. It has now progressed to tens of thousands of style variations produced from scratch in the company’s state-of-the-art facility also in Utah.
Since the early days honing its styles, the design house has perfected its take on matrimony accessories and even pioneered the use of innovative materials, e.g., it was one of the first to create titanium designs.
Lashbrook has a team of technicians and artists located at their shop in Utah. They are not limited to just producing what’s already been done. They innovate and turn forward looking designs into reality. Most wedding band wholesalers source their rings from overseas and must limit customization options to their designs. Lashbrook makes their rings onsite that lets it customize rings for the customer.
This is where Lashbrook excels: They deliver a custom ring where others cannot. With talent, expertise, and technology at their fingertips, customizing any item is available. Customers can choose the metal, the width, design, finish, and inlay material. The possibilities are endless.
Lashbrook collections feature sturdy bands crafted from titanium, cobalt chrome, and tungsten ceramic. They can be smoothly polished or etched with designs from Celtic symbols to fishing hooks. Gorgeous inlays in white, yellow, or rose gold can adorn these rings.
Tastes that run to the more exotic can choose inlays of mokume gane, hard wood, and even meteorite. Also, the truly luxurious, Elysium collection features bands made entirely of solid diamond.
Any Lashbrook style can be ordered in precious metals, including 10K, 14K, 18K yellow, rose and white gold, as well as Palladium and Platinum. Precious metal rings are available in classic styles in combination with other materials or as fully customized rings.
Pure gold is rarely used in jewelry because it is so soft. Gold is typically mixed with other metals to make it stronger and more durable for everyday wear. Lashbrook offers 10K, 14K, and 18K gold for precious metal bands.
White gold is an alloy of gold mixed with some white metals such as silver, palladium or nickel. Often its silvery white character is a result of plating it with Rhodium to make the white gold look even whiter.
Yellow gold has a natural warm color and high resistance to rust, tarnish and corrosion. It is a very strong metal, but still soft enough to be worked into interesting shapes.
The beautiful pink hue of rose gold jewelry is created by using copper in the alloy. It offers a modern twist on a classic material. Rose gold will not fade or change in color over time.
The brand’s collections include Meteorite derived from the Gibeon Meteorite formed in space four billion years ago. The meteor exploded upon entering Earth’s atmosphere, landing in the desert of Namibia, Africa in scattered pieces over an area 171 miles long and 62 miles wide. The Namibian government banned the export of Gibeon Meteorite and any newly discovered pieces are automatically protected as national monuments. This means that any meteorite specimens in circulation are of increasing value and in a very limited supply. The origin and rarity of each meteorite ring makes it a distinctive piece of art.
Gibeon Meteorite is classified as a fine octahedrite, featuring a distinct crystalline structure on its surface – a pattern found only in diamonds and gemstones. This visible crystal structure, or Widmanstätten pattern, was caused by extremely slow cooling of the material in space. The Widmanstätten pattern will vary slightly between pieces as will the presence of inclusions.
Lashbrook produces styles incorporating Meteorite in contemporary metals, precious metals and combinations of the two. Meteorite can be inlaid in the center of a ring or off-center, in either a round or square band. It can be also be made with a sleeve or inlaid on the very edge of a ring.
Another element available from Lashbrook is Carbon Fiber that the company sources from a local manufacturer whose products are found in high-tech applications varying from Formula 1 Racing and aerospace engineering to competitive cycling.
Lashbrook Carbon Fiber rings utilize authentic, solid Carbon Fiber. While they may look nice, false carbon fiber rings have none of the strength, durability and authenticity of legitimate Carbon Fiber. The raw material used to make Carbon Fiber is a mix of compounds, mostly consisting of carbon ring organic polymers. This material is drawn into long strands, or fibers, and then heated in a controlled environment. The heat causes the atoms in the fibers to vibrate violently until most of the non-carbon atoms are expelled. The material left after the heating process is composed of thin, tightly wound carbon strands which are then processed through stabilization, spinning and weaving.
Lashbrook’s proprietary process of inlaying Carbon Fiber into rings allows for the entire piece of material to be set without cutting or modifying the unique structure. This method sets Lashbrook apart in the industry.
Carbon Fiber rings are lightweight, strong and durable, making special care unnecessary. They can be cleaned by steam, ultrasonic or jewelry cleaner. The rings can be factory refurbished at any time. Like any ring, they will show normal wear and tear over time.
The company says its cobalt chrome designs look and feel like precious metal and have the durability of aerospace grade alloys. These pieces are hard, durable and never wear thin. Cobalt Chrome is an alloy, made up of a mixture of Chromium, Cobalt and a few other metals to produce a bright white metal with a brilliant luster.
Cobalt Chrome rings have gained popularity quickly largely due to weight and color. The metal has the heft of gold and the look of rhodium plated platinum and is many times harder and more durable than both.
Cobalt Chrome rings need no special care. They can be worn in all kinds of environments and conditions. The metal will scuff and mar over time but will hold up to a great deal of abuse without cracking, breaking or showing deep scratches. The rings will not fade nor change color and can be cleaned with a regular jewelry cleaner, steam or ultrasonic.
Cobalt Chrome rings by Lashbrook have many options for customization and can be combined with many materials such as meteorite, hardwood, camo, carbon fiber, etc. Cobalt Chrome rings are often personalized with such inlays, gemstone and/or diamond settings, laser engravings and combinations of each. It is one of the most versatile metals Lashbrook offers and is often chosen for these reasons.
The company states that “Picking Zirconium for a wedding ring is [a bold choice.] The defining characteristic of Zirconium is that it is simply black which is classic and timeless. On a wedding ring, it is brave and daring. … Zirconium [is] a great material to use in exotic applications. Traditionally, it used as an alloy in nuclear reactors, submarines and incendiary munitions.”
Zirconium rings by Lashbrook are made using this same high-tech Zirconium alloy, comprised primarily of Zirconium with a few trace elements. These unique combinations of metals make Zirconium rings an option for those with nickel and precious metal allergies and sensitivities.
In its natural state, Zirconium is a silver-grey color. It earns its stark black appearance through Lashbrook’s proprietary heating process in which a layer of hard black oxide grows on the metal. This black layer is much harder than raw Zirconium, but is very thin. Unlike oxidized silver and black rhodium, this layer does not rub off over time. It is also more durable than black-coated rings, such as black titanium and black tungsten.
The black layer of Zirconium is, however, subject to scratching and the silver can show through if it is scratched. For those who are very hard on rings, Zirconium may not be the ideal choice. Elysium could be an excellent alternative for someone looking for a black ring that won’t scratch. On the other hand, Zirconium is the most versatile of all black metal rings and, if taken care of, can last many years.
Zirconium gives the most options for design, style and customization of any black material. These rings can be inlaid with hardwood, meteorite, carbon fiber, precious metals, set with diamonds and gemstones, carved and laser-engraved and made in unique designs and shapes. When a Zirconium ring has a carved or milled design on it, the ring can be either two-toned silver and black or all black.
Damascus Steel rings by Lashbrook are made by hand, mimicking ancient metalsmithing techniques originally used to make samurai swords. Using two alternating types of stainless steel, Lashbrook master craftsman heat, bond, twist, and fold the metal layers together to produce vivid patterns. After patterning the metal, there can be up to 100 layers in each piece of finished Damascus plus each ring is unique – no two designs look exactly alike.
Damascus Steel rings have increased hardness, strength, resistance to shattering, an ability to be honed to a resilient edge and a unique finish. Like a fingerprint, no two Damascus rings will have the exact same design.
Lashbrook offers five distinctive patterns from which to choose. The standard Damascus is a basic twist pattern, while the other four patterns are made from blanks normally used to make knives and swords.
All Lashbrook Damascus rings are made with stainless steel. Stainless steels contain nickel and is not a good choice for those with nickel allergies. The processing of steel to make Damascus leaves the metal approximately twice the hardness of Titanium and Cobalt Chrome. Despite its hardness, Damascus rings will scuff and show wear. However, the pattern and texture of the Damascus hides the scratches much better than a normal ring making Damascus one of the best wearing metals.
There are three different finishes available for Damascus, each accenting the metal in a different way. Bead blast finish shows wear faster than others but offers a unique matte look. Acid finish lightens over time to resemble a dull polish. Polishing gives the metal a high shine. Any of the finishes can be factory refurbished at any time to return them to a like-new state.
Lashbrook produces styles incorporating Damascus Steel in and with contemporary metals, precious metals and combinations of the two. Damascus can be inlaid in the center of a ring or off-center and in the sleeve of a band.
In its Hardwood pieces, Lashbrook uses ethically sourced material for its wood rings. Lashbrook buys hardwood only through reputable channels to support the sustainability of hardwoods and to avoid the illegal exporting of protected species. While very rare, the hardwoods used in Lashbrook rings come from secured and sustained supplies.
Each piece of hardwood varies slightly in character, color and grain pattern, ensuring every wood ring is truly one of a kind.
Lashbrook exclusively uses the Titanium alloy Ti6AL4V, an aerospace grade of the metal, for its eponymously named collection. This alloy is more expensive, harder to work with, but is much stronger than pure titanium. Titanium is also unique in that it will not fade or change color maintaining its light gray color over time.
Titanium rings need no special care. They can be worn in all kinds of environments and conditions. The metal will scuff and show wear over time but holds up to a great deal of abuse without cracking, breaking, bending, etc. It will not fade or change color. Titanium rings can be cleaned with regular jewelry cleaner, steam and ultrasonic.
There are many options for inlays and customization. Titanium is the only metal in which Lashbrook offers tension-set diamonds. These rings should be worn with care as the diamond can be chipped or lost from the setting if abused.
The brand’s Outdoor rings are inspired by nature. These rings are for those whose love of nature comes through in everything they do. An elk in a forest, deer tracks, or classic Camo rings – all represent something unique.
Lashbrook offers 36 Camo patterns. All the Camo rings (with two exceptions) are licensed products with their respective Camo companies. The brand licenses with King’s (exclusive to Lashbrook), Real Tree and Mossy Oak.
In its precious metal rings, Lashbrook uses white, yellow, and rose gold, as well as palladium and platinum. Precious metal rings are available in classic styles, in combination with other materials or as fully customized rings.
The brand’s Lifestyle rings represent what their owners love and what they love to do. The baseball, one of the tread patterns, a Celtic or cross or any others are intended to reflect the owner’s passions.
Lashbrook has often been a winner of the JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award determined by jewelry retailers. These include the 2016 Winner Jewelers’ Choice Awards, 2015 Winner Jewelers’ Choice Awards and several years prior, plus the brand finished as a finalist in 2013.
Lashbrook’s award-winning rings take traditional bands to the next level. By combining precious metals and gems with performance metals, the brand delivers a luxurious mix of classic and modern.