MEMENTO CARVE Fine Jewelry Ring Making Experience

$ 245.00 USD



A Ring Carving Workshop with Cat McCadden

Hello, carvers,

"What is grief if not love persevering?"

Every grain of sand once started as a rock. Destruction is a part of evolution and life. Whether grieving death, love loss, or significant life change, strength comes in recognizing and honoring the departed.

Jewelry stands as a permanent trace of the impermanent body. Families pass jewelry on for hundreds of years, nurturing the unbreakable bonds of life through the adornment of the present.

Join us

Carving a ring creates a tangible memento to help process the vast expanse of grief-related emotions. Then, working in community, begin your path forward.

The jewelry of a departed loved one may be reinvented into a current, new version of the same materials. Cat will work closely with you to incorporate a family member's diamond or colored gemstone, melt down the gold of a loved one's old jewelry, or create something entirely new to mark your love for what is lost or changed. 

Cat is inspired by liminal beauty, where the city meets the sea. You are encouraged to bring jewelry, an object related to your grief, or an inspiring found object. We'll find references in its line, form, texture, and silhouette. 



Certain gemstones are known to offer guidance and calm during times of grief. Harnessing the power of specific stones can call both symbolic and literal transformation.


Angelite is a soft, blue-purple stone powerful in alleviating feelings of guilt, loss, and grief. It also supports the throat center and is thought to help connect with the departed.


Of many varieties, tourmaline casts a protective shield on those who wear it, keeping negative energies at bay.


Mossy green moldavite, quoted as a primary grief crystal, emits a high frequency that breaks down grief blocks and makes space for healing.

Pre-order your memento mori gemstone

Fine Metals Forever

We cast in silver, solid gold, rose gold, and platinum; specific metals are known to harness and solidify your intentions.

Gold's extraordinary malleability and resistance to tarnishing and corrosion have forever set it apart as magical. Gold is associated with purity and warmth, is known as a master healer, and was revered in ancient times for emulating the sun.

Similarly, rose gold is beloved by healers and seers for replenishing diminished energies while maintaining alignment.

Platinum, another strong metal, strengthens energetic connections while alleviating depression and enhancing memory. Last but not least, silver stimulates glands and hormones while also enhancing psychic and intuitive connections.

Each has a superpower. Which speaks to you?

Pre-order your fine metal 


Book a special seat with The Wax On Workshop's MEMENTO CARVE for an artistic and hands-on ring-making experience. This carving party, led by Vashon Island-based jeweler Cat McCadden, is where design, inspiration, a few tools, and a dash of instruction combine to fuel your bespoke fine jewelry-making journey. 

Cat will bring her artistic and professional expertise to complete your ring after your in-person carving session in her studio. All gemstone and fine metal customizations are available; please inquire. 

In her Vashon Island workshop, the GRACE GOW jewelers will cast your wax into your chosen metal, source and set gemstones, polish your ring, and professionally finish it to your matte or shiny specifications. 

Then, three to five weeks later, you'll receive your custom ring creation delivered to your door.

Customized requests for group carves are welcomed!

Make It Yours

$95 • Rose gold or 14K yellow gold vermeil

$110 • Carve a second ring

$130 • Wide ring upgrade 6-7 mm

$230 • Permanent mold and ring cast twice

$110 • Set a 2MM white diamond gemstone

$110 • Set a 2MM black diamond gemstone

$110 • Set a 2MM sapphire gemstone

$110 • Set a 2MM emerald gemstone


Create your wedding bands – or just something a little extraordinary. We will discuss your goals and inspiration, develop a design, source diamonds, and gemstones and then move into production in solid / 14K / 18K and 950 Palladium; alternate metal types are available.  

All WOW attendees must be 18 and over.