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Chrome Hearts | Motorcycle Jewelry

Wedding Vows

It stands to reason that to create the ultimate biker wedding album, you would need a lot of leather-python, stingray or crocodile might be nice.

Perhaps some rivets, studs, zippers and other finery most appropriate for a two-wheel matrimonial homage. There might be some of it, and yet there might be all of it.

You might find the most interesting and compelling mix of chrome and class that heretofore, you had not known. But for the wedding rings, to whom would you turn? Maybe to Tiffany, Bulgari or Cartier? Then again, maybe not.

Chrome Hearts, the illustrious bejeweled brainchild of husband and wife Richard and Laurie Lynn Stark, originally began as an upscale motorcycle riding apparel company in 1989.

The company soon began producing silver bracelets, necklaces and rings, as well as furniture and luxury leather sportswear known for their ornate crosses, fleurs and dagger motifs.

Collaborations then ensued with houses both iconic and controversial-Cristal Baccarat, Rolex, and the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation-as did an Accessory Designer of the Year Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

The company entered the realm of the select few museum quality jewelry houses with exhibits in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and the National Science Museum in Tokyo.

There are now Chrome Hearts boutiques in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Malibu, Honolulu, London, Paris, Tokyo, Osaka, and Taipei.

Because any browse through a Chrome Hearts boutique reveals a great many his and hers items, it was only a matter of time before the brand’s cult following began calling for a wedding band collection.

This year, the company presents its very first endeavor into that realm, available in 22kt gold, 18kt white gold and platinum only. There are three shapes from which to choose-flat, beveled or round, and four different widths-3.5mm, 6mm, 8mm or 10mm.

And, as an alternative to the ceremonial pillow presentation, all orders come with a signature black leather pouch for safekeeping.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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