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Wedding rings made of wood sounds like a unique, slightly strange concept. Most of us are familiar with rings made from gold, silver, and other precious materials. However, wooden rings are gaining popularity, and many people are turning to this eco-friendly option as they tie the knot.
Are they right for you? Keep reading to find out!
Wooden bands are eco-friendly because they're made from renewable natural resources that have little impact on the environment. Trees do not need to be cut down to make these pieces; only a branch is necessary. They can be made out of recycled objects as well.
Moreover, wooden rings are hypoallergenic and great for individuals with metal allergies. They're more comfortable than traditional rings because they don't get hot or cold as quickly as metal ones.
Best of all, wooden rings are way less expensive than traditional rings, so they're great for anyone on a budget.
Wooden bands are made of various types of wood. The wood used depends on the desired appearance. It's carved into a gorgeous design and then sealed to protect it from the elements.
You'll often see the following wood used to make rings:
Other quality woods to consider include walnut, cherry, pear, teak, black apricot, or dogwood.
There are often other enduring materials also used in addition to wood to create these unique pieces of jewelry. The most common include titanium, tungsten, and ceramic.
Across the board, you can expect these three metals to offer the following three advantages:
Titanium is inexpensive, lightweight, and hypoallergenic. While light, it doesn't bend like gold or silver making it extremely difficult to bend. The disadvantage? Titanium cannot be resized because of how difficult it is to bend.
Tungsten bands are popular because of how affordable, yet high-quality they are. Scratch-resistant, you don't have to worry about your tungsten band looking worn after a few years. It's strong, long-lasting, and pleasing to the eyes.
Many people who work with their hands a lot prefer tungsten bands because of their durability. The downside to this material is that just like titanium, tungsten bands can't be resized or cut.
This material is inexpensive, scratch-resistant, strong, and smooth. It strengthens a wooden ring while providing a brand-new, attractive look. The disadvantage with this material is it can’t be resized, and it can shatter if it's dropped from a drastic height.
Let's explore the different designs when it comes to wooden rings. The most common you'll come across include solid, bentwood, and wood inlay.
A solid wood ring is when a block of wood is carved out into a ring. It's a simple process but not very durable in the long run on its own. However, solid wood rings are strikingly beautiful because they make it possible to see the end grain and edge-grain of the wood. Because the process is so straightforward, solid wood bands are typically cheaper than other forms of wooden rings.
Bentwood is when thin strips of wood are bonded together to form a ring. This method makes the band stronger and more durable. Bentwood bands are less likely to break due to their many layers. They are much thinner and have a more consistent look than clunky solid wood rings. Bentwood is typically better if you plan to wear your ring daily.
A wood inlay is achieved when the wood is placed around a metal center. For instance, tungsten bands would fit this category. Other materials can be used in wood inlays as well, such as ceramic bands. Wood inlay bands are probably the most popular style because they're stable and remarkably elegant. These rings also require way less maintenance than bentwood rings.
Wooden wedding bands are typically vegan friendly because they are made primarily from wood and other organic materials. However, sometimes the finishes include products made from animals or insects.
For example, shellac (a wood finish) is created using the secretions of Kerriidae insects (also known as Lac insects). Most Lac insects live in Indian forests.
There are plant-based wood finishes that do not use any products from animals or insects. Beeswax is sometimes used in the wood finishing process to help polish the wood. If the use of these products is a concern for you, you can ask the ring makers about what vegan-friendly finishes they might have.
When shopping for a wooden band, you need to remember that they hand-crafted and require a real artisan to create the final piece. Shop from a seller of wood bands that has plenty of experience and many positive reviews. ‘Word of mouth’ from friends and relatives can also lead you to find the perfect creator of your ring.
Sizing is also crucial because wooden rings cannot be resized easily. It would be best to be 100% sure that you have the correct ring size. Otherwise, you might end up having to exchange or order another ring.
Pay attention to the type of wood you use because each has its own distinctive qualities. The wood you choose will affect the color, pattern, and texture of the ring. For example, if you select black apricot wood, your ring will come out darker with very little shine. If you use other materials, think about their durability. For instance, tungsten bands are typically more durable than ceramic bands.
Consider the process used to create your ring. If you know you want a ring that will last, consider a bentwood or wood inlay band because each of these forms has a longer lifespan.
At Steven G Designs we cover the wood used in our wood inlay process with a strong epoxy resin to cover and protect the underlying wood. This will give a secure and durable quality to the ring.
However, it is still advisable to keep damaging chemicals and substances away from your rings because they could tarnish the seals and finishes used on them. For example, constant exposure to certain hair and cleaning products like hair dyes and bleach can eat away at your bands. Saltwater can also damage your ring by eating away at the finishes used on them.
Always take off your wood ring before swimming, and wear gloves when using harmful chemical products. Also, take off your ring during workouts because sweat can affect the band's appearance over time. Store your ring in a cool, dry place when you take it off because excessive moisture will wear it down. Clean wooden rings with a soft dry cloth regularly because excessive dirt can harm them and remove their luster.
Do not use regular ring cleaner to clean it. Instead, use a gentle wood-safe cleanser. You can apply wax using a cloth to the wooden portions of the ring to keep it polished.
Wooden wedding bands are an excellent option for virtually everyone. They are affordable, lightweight and can last many years with proper care.
Environmentally conscious individuals will love the fact that they're made using renewable natural resources, and vegans will admire that no animal products are necessary to create the bands.
People who want a fashionable design will have an array of colors, textures, and materials to choose from. Combining metal and nature will create a modern rustic elegance that will reflect the wearer’s love of the outdoors.
With so much to offer, wood wedding bands are worth purchasing.
Have a look at our tungsten wood wedding bands here: tungsten with wood
Have a look at our ceramic wood wedding bands here: ceramic with wood
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