If you are seeking a men's wedding ring that will be noticed, create conversation and reflect your unique spirit, Lashbrook Rings is the place to look! Designed to be comfortable, affordable, and beautiful, utilizing the highest of industry standards and machinery, these rings are produced with lean manufacturing principles that enforce skill, quality and control. And with all work done in one location, costs are kept affordable--you can choose from predesigned rings, or create one of your own--whichever path, Lashbrook will help you make the fine crafted ring of your dreams, at a price best for your budget!
Spirit--it is a force that can drive people forward, bidding them to do the unimaginable and sometimes terrifying. However, a spirit is the root of a person, and so when it urges us to take great leaps of faith, often the rewards are incalculable. In the 19th century, one man took such a leap. His name was Lashbrook Laker; born in 1835, he later travelled to Utah, at just fifteen years old. Described as having a "pioneer spirit" and showing "fearlessness in the face of the unknown" Lashbrook knowingly or not, founded an emboldened and envisioned spirit that carried on through the Laker family, bursting forth in the endeavors of his great-great grandson, Erik Laker. Erik began his own enterprise in the year 2000, out of his garage. He started with the creation of just a few select ring styles, but in doing so manifested his ancestor's pioneering spirit, and transposed it into an entrepreneurial one. Lashbrook Rings has since gone on to reside in a state-of-the-art facility, with over 80 employees, capable of producing "tens of thousands of ring style variations."
Operating out of Utah, the Lashbrook Rings company team is comprised of artists, various technicians, customer service providers and a marketing staff. Together, they bring to life designs that offer touches of tradition, mixed with beautiful and unique displays of modernity, culminating in men's wedding bands that boast personality. Their brand motto is "Endless Options. Endless Possibilities," and rightly so. Because the entirety of their capabilities is based in-house, and with artists and technicians always available, almost any design choice can be yours. The company already claims an enormous array of men's wedding bands, and so you may find yourself drawn to a preconceived (possibly award winning) design, or you might develop upon an available style, or simply create a ring all your own. No matter what your design needs dictate Lashbrook has an answer. They have uncovered an edge, finding means to provide quantity and quality, largely in part to their business practices.
One such business practice includes lean manufacturing. On the company website, this practice is described to be "Based on the principles of waste reduction, high quality control standards, and constant improvement." These lean principles derive from the Japanese manufacturing industry. It is a "waste" elimination process. This term can be described as a focus on what is most valuable to the product, thereby seeking to eliminate anything from processes, to workloads, to procedures that do not allow for a smooth operation. In this way, the work system can be standardized to foresee quality problems, and then develop tools to fix those issues. Problems may concern material, process or person. There are certain lean manufacturing principles that Lashbrook has excelled at including: continuous improvement, manufacturing cells, level flow, and controlling movement.
The process Lashbrook uses to develop their rings includes both human and machine interaction throughout, all in one location so that the rings are assured to meet consistent, predetermined standards of quality. To begin, ring orders are entered into a custom database that will track the progress throughout design and creation, through to final inspection. After first being entered, a programmer uses a combination of free hand drawing and computer aided design tools to produce the ordered ring. They also ensure each ring is dimensioned properly. Then each morning, a machinist will create a test ring to confirm machine accuracy. If custom changes need to be made, the machines will recalibrate. Lashbrook owns CNC machines and lathes that are used in the ring production. This equipment utilizes a mixture of static and live tooling in the manufacturing process.
After an ordered ring is first made, a machinist will measure and inspect it for quality. If a ring were to fail this inspection, the lean principle of continuous improvement, or kaizen, is used to solve the problem that caused the failure and take steps to prevent that issue arising in the production of future rings. However, if the ring passes inspection, it will be marked in the database, wherein a storage jacket is automatically printed.
The ring is then sent to a finishing cell which is comprised of a team of people that applies finishing touches. Continuing the implementation of lean manufacturing principles, level flow is utilized by ranking all of the rings' finishing difficulty. Each finishing cell works on rings of the same material, but varying difficulty levels to maintain this stable level workflow. Also, there are people who hold various ranks of skill in each cell. And all cell members have necessary tools individually available at their work stations. These foresights guarantee the principle of controlling movement; cell members save time and maintain focus, rather than traveling around a work area searching for tools or help. After the preparatory steps are taken, the first action of the finish process is to perform another inspection and measurement, for quality assurance. Then cell members polish the inside of the band. Lashbrook offers a plethora of outer band finishes, which a cell member will complete by hand. Tremendous talent and training are required to achieve consistent, beautiful finishes.
Next, the rings will be cleaned and the finish inspected, where they will then be sorted into two categories. The first are rings that require no stones or precious metals, which go to the engravers. Lashbrook has two types of engraving capabilities. The first is a diamond tip signature engraver which works best for simple text. They also own multiple laser engravers that allow for extremely detailed work on both the inside and outside of the band. If a ring requires stones or precious metals, before being sent to the engravers, it will be taken to an in-house jeweler. Lashbrook offers a unique competency of setting stones in alternative metals. Typically, a traditional jeweler would not own the needed tools or machinery to set stones in these harder, alternative metals. But Lashbrook has invested in such equipment and skills to provide the highest level services to their customers.
No matter the path a ring takes, after it has been engraved, it will undergo a final inspection. After passing, rings will be invoiced and boxed; the shipping address, ring style, finish and details are confirmed, and the ring is ready to be sent to its owner. The process as described is critical to the production of high value and quality men's wedding rings. The current industry trend is to source alternative metal rings overseas; however, this process can only permit a predetermined style, with no ability to custom design, and a limited size range, in overall numbered quantities. Lashbrook Rings, by manufacturing within the United States and in a centralized location, endeavors to bring their customers an expansive range of custom metals, various and non-traditional millimeter widths, and endless design options including finishing and inlays. Another key perk to this process (and their abundant employment of lean manufacturing) is that costs can be kept lower. So when you hear the motto, "Endless Option. Endless Possibility," you know that they will deliver upon their mantra, because the business has been directly designed to do just that.
Other beneficial aspects of their business practice include sourcing quality and modern materials. Lashbrook sells tungsten rings, and they were one of the first companies to do so. Ever in the pursuit of innovation, they now use a ceramic material, and you can purchase ceramic or tungsten/ceramic rings. Ceramic is a relatively new material to make rings out of, but has quickly become a go to means for elegant and distinctive designs. Jewelry grade ceramics are made when compounds of metal and non-metals are heated to extreme temperatures and then cooled. The finished result is a non-metallic material that can be fashioned into a ring or inlay shapes. Ceramic is a scratch resistant material, which is even more durable than stainless steel. Unlike typical ceramics, this material is resistant to high impact. In fact, it is ten times harder than 18K gold.
Lashbrook offers their ceramic rings in three finishes, including polished, sandblasted, and satin. This gives customers the ability to create an exceptional two-toned look. Laid with tungsten, this two-tone effect can be magnified by the ceramic's obsidian color popping against the brilliant tungsten silver. Also by placing these two materials together, the strength of the ring is increased as ceramic is 8Mohs, and tungsten is 9Mohs. Lastly, both of these alternative materials are cheaper to source than typical golds and silvers. Lashbrook has achieved stylish, incredibly strong rings, ready to go with their wearer on most any adventure life brings.
Take for example, these Lashbrook rings for sale. Pictured below, on the left, is an 8mm tungsten/ceramic band, domed in the center, with spikes circling the band. This design exudes edgy attraction! On the right, also at 8mm, and with a concave tungsten/ceramic band, this ring appears almost as two; typical dimensions of light and color are altered by this engaging design. These rings scream individuality; they are far from average, and both would be sure to start a conversation. Envisioned through genuine artistry, but made with such precision and skill, one cannot help but be impressed.
Do you admire the skill of these pieces, but would like a distinctive ring that offers more traditional aesthetic? The next ring pictured is an 8mm, flat tungsten/ceramic band that has three, .5mm grooves. This ring is still unlike many others you will find on the market; it offers a singular style and essence. The design is flawless: the grooves in the material and the contrasting colors create a sleek, truly beautiful look.
Perhaps you seek a ring that twists traditional and modern concepts into one. Lashbrook's combination of imaginative artistry and technical machinery work together, bringing you distinguished designs and superior quality. For instance, see the ring on the left: a brick design, at 9mm, with a flat tungsten/ceramic band. Or consider the centered piece, a machine striped ring, also at 9mm, and a flat tungsten/ceramic band. Loving the designs, but hope for a textured, matte appearance? There are options like the rightmost ring, at 8mm it is a beveled tungsten/ceramic band with a stone polish finish.
Lashbrook designs know that the wedding ring you choose will display your spirit to the world, and so they offer a truly unbeatable selection to that whatever statement you want to make. Whatever your choice, your ring will be noticed for all the best reasons: elegance, quality, precision and lasting durability.
Results of this company's efforts can be seen by the awards now honoring Lashbrook designs. Rewarded repeatedly by JCK Jeweler's Choice Awards, from 2012 every year through 2015 (2016 results not yet released), Lashbrook designs have been bestowed frequently with finalist, winner, and a platinum innovation status. These accolades are held by JCK, a magazine devoted to being an "industry authority" of the jewelry trade, as well as on style, and comprised businesses. Those who write for JCK pride themselves on the unbiased editorials that "bring buyers and sellers together" through both their publication, as well as reviews of products. Their Choice Awards then is the epitome of connecting buyers and sellers; Lashbrook's extensive wins demonstrate that their production ideologies and practices are effective. What can be considered a strong jewelry business is exemplified as a superior one. When you purchase a ring, you are buying into the spirit of possibility. This company has stated themselves that they seek to "overcome preconceived limitation," and this is why they will "Say yes to whatever the customer thinks up." And with an "ultimate goal . . . to reduce lead time to the customer and increase quality standards," be assured that your wedding ring will reflect your own true spirit, and that Erik Laker's leap of faith was entirely worth it.