Favorite Find: Custom Braille Rings at Rare Device


We’re all for love, peace and happiness, but there’s just something about stamping those kinds of words on an accessory that instantly dilutes a meaningful message. A new arrival at Market Street shop Rare Device, one of our fave spots for intriguing art and design objects, changes all this.

Order a Custom Braille Ring ($49) made by Indiana-based designer Studio AMF, and you can have your sentimental cake and eat it, too. That’s because the words on these eco-friendly wooden rings are spelled out in sterling silver Braille characters that get the message across, but stop short of blathering it all over town. 

“Because of the patterns in the wood, they’re all unique. Guys especially love it. It’s like a little secret that you and the people you want know about,” says Rare Device co-owner Rena Tom.

Made from reclaimed woods such as African Blackwood, Maple and Paduk, each custom piece carries a message of its own. We hear they’re also notably lightweight and smooth to the touch. Choose up to seven letters or numbers, and your one-of-a-kind ring will be ready in about two weeks.

Available in-store and online at Rare Device, 1845 Market St., 415-863-3969, www.raredevice.net.

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