Rubber is the New Diamond with Silicone Wedding Rings
Sure, traditional wedding rings may have their perks: they’re classy, sparkly, attractive, and elegant. But they’re rarely described as “practical”, especially for the average human person who has to cook, clean, shower, work out, and carry out other day-to-day activities with their hands. To adapt these tokens of commitment for more active lifestyles, several companies have re-invented the diamond-encrusted bands to develop silicone wedding rings.
Fixate Designs, for instance, created its patent-pending silicone wedding bands out of a realization that traditional rings were often prohibited at work because of risk for injury. Several of the company’s founders themselves had experienced ring-related injuries, including some that required surgery. “We wanted to rethink, re-engineer, and redesign items used in everyday life that we felt needed to evolve,” Fixate Designs said. Another silicone wedding ring company called QALO was started by two guys who “found themselves newly married, loving their wives but hating their wedding rings.” Similarly, Enso Rings, which has been featured on the show Shark Tank, asserted that ancient Egyptians had used braided hemp to mark their marriage commitment: “It’s the symbol and the practicality that mattered. We made the first Enso silicone ring to bring back comfort, safety and focus to the way we express commitment.”
Typically, these silicone wedding rings are made from medical-grade silicone and are designed with durability in mind. They are hypoallergenic, breathable, and flexible. They do not react to chemicals or acids and are waterproof. They also tend to be more affordable than traditional wedding rings, making them a less of a concern if lost or misplaced. The silicone wedding rings are suitable for a wide range of workplaces – from the office to the construction site – and lifestyles – from the world traveler to the homebody.
Technology tends to overlook ordinary household items, including wedding rings. Did you know research activities related to the development of the silicone rings, whether to improve the product or production process, could be eligible for the R&D Tax Credit? If you’re also engaging in activities to improve day-to-day household items, you could receive up to 14% on your expenses. To find out more, please contact a Swanson Reed R&D Specialist today or check out our free online eligibility test.
Swanson Reed regularly hosts free webinars and provides free IRS CE credits as well as CPE credits for CPA’s. For more information please visit us at www.swansonreed.com/webinars or contact your usual Swanson Reed representative