To Have and To Hold: Ring Pillow Alternatives

Ring pillows were first used to carry precious stones down the aisle in Egyptian times, but many modern couples are bucking these marital mainstays in favor of more creative alternatives.

From Fabergé eggs to sculptural pin cushions, these twelve ring pillow substitutes are sure to make a special statement and will remain a sentimental keepsake for decades to come.

 Ring Warming Ceremony

Photo: With These Rings

A “ring warming” is a special way to tie everyone into your celebration. Send your bands down a stretch of ribbon and ask guests to hold (or “warm”) them in their hands and make a special wish or blessing as they move them along.

Ring book pillow

Share a passion for great literature? Secret Safe Books will turn your favorite book into a hiding place for jewelry. Pages are glued together, cut into a heart-shaped hollow and finished with a magnetic closure to keep your stash safely inside.

Shagreen box by Horchow

Made to mimic the exotic look of stingray skin, this velvet-lined, shagreen-embossed box from Horchow will add a pearly sparkle to tables and dressers after you’ve said, “I do.”

Brass Elephant Box by Jonathan Adler

This glossy brass elephant by Jonathan Adler is perfect for holding (and hiding!) your special treasures. Keep for your dressing table or fill it with little odds and ends after your big day.

Vintage Linen Pillows
Mark your new union with a piece of “something old.” Perk up an existing pillow or embroider a small one using fabric from a childhood blanket or an heirloom handkerchief. Stitch on a grosgrain ribbon to keep rings secured. For something similar, visit Stiches and Snow.

Faberge-inspired ring box

The first Fabergé Imperial Egg was commissioned in 1885 by Tzar Alexander III as an Easter gift for his wife, Empress Maria Fedorovna. Lend a historical touch to your ceremony by tucking a ring inside a vintage, modern or replica Fabergé egg, like this one (pictured above) from Perfect Ring.

Crystal Apple

Marrying your high school sweetheart? Score high marks with this crystal apple box-cum-keepsake from Tiffany.

Wedgewood Jasperware ring box

Photo: Gemma Comas

This “something blue” Apollo Jasperware box by Wedgewood is a romantic way to display your treasures. Tie with a silk ribbon and nestle them atop a bed of stephanotis petals, as pictured above.

Pin cushions by Jess Quinn Small Art

Looking for a ring pillow? Try your sewing kit. These colorful, handpainted pincushions from Jess Quinn Small Art have a folksy, sculpture-like appeal and are just the right size for small hands.

Wreath ring holder

Photo: Scott Andrew Studio

A symbol of peace and purity, this olive branch wreath is easy to craft and may be given to the ring bearer after the ceremony.

Gold Turtle Box by Harry Allen

If you’re tying the knot with your toes in the sand, this Harry Allen gold marine turtle box is a chic way to weave the sea into your soiree. Available in bronze, chrome, copper, gun metal and white.

Bible ring presentation

 Photo: SMS Photography

A diary or a sacred text that has been handed down through the generations, makes a meaningful ring pillow alternative.

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