Beyond Silver and Gold
By Samantha Palmieri
From plain titanium bands, to rings inlaid with dinosaur bone, Minter and Richter offer endless possibilities for style. Whether marking a commitment to a husband, wife, or life partner, or memorializing a significant moment, Minter and Scott Richter’s rings are for many occasions.
Scott Richter is world-renowned for his work in the art of knife carving. However, opportunity struck when he began making titanium bands for friends and family. Richter and his wife Minter Richter saw a prospect for a business. “Rings can serve for a variety of different purposes and attract a larger customer base,” said Minter. Minter schedules consultations with couples, helps design their rings, and tracks down new materials to customize the bands. Scott Richter works in the Boston Distillery, a “center of creativity for tons of artists,” constructing the rings.
Gold and diamonds are today’s most popular metal and precious stone for rings. Minter and Richter do not restrict their work to traditional pieces. Minter utilizes many materials that earth has to offer. She said, “We don’t use anything that we feel hurts the earth or people, so we stick to really natural products like wood, water buffalo horn, and moose and deer antler. One of the fun parts of my side of the job is finding cool materials. For example, I just found a wooly mammoth tooth, and we were able to use pieces of a four-million-year-old meteorite that landed in Africa.” It is a Google search away for Minter and Richter to discover new components that can be incorporated into a design. In the twenty-first century, possibilities are endless, and Minter and Richter capitalize on the idea by not creating “inside the box” designs.
Minter and Richter’s customized product is not a chain line of rings, but individual pieces with individual stories. “People can be more specific to their personal interests, and creative in making their wedding bands when you do not confine yourself to only gold and diamonds,” said Minter. The ability to design your own piece allows the freedom to incorporate personal interests and background in the appearance of the ring. There is a growing popularity in using concrete inlay within the titanium band, which allows for further personalization. “The thing that’s cool about concrete is I can use the sand from the beach you first kissed on, ashes from a family member or pet, and I have even had guitar strings and pieces of Fenway Park put into the concrete,” Minter said.
Woods and concrete can be dyed and used in your ring. A manmade resin or marble opalescent can bring any color to your band. The use of fused steels, for example, creates a unique design of swirled metals. The freedom of endless possibilities allows anyone to make rings “as meaningful, and as intimate as possible,” said Minter.
Minter and Richter sell hundreds of rings a month to customers all over the world. They have reached buyers through Etsy, Facebook, and their own website, www.minterandrichterdesigns.com, to spread the joy of custom rings. They are accessible sellers who create distinctive, durable, and unique custom titanium rings, with personal embellishments.