Beautiful wood inlays we have aplenty, but Ancient Kauri wood wins for most intriguing history. Buried under a peat swamp by an unexplained act of nature at the end of the last Ice Age, the trees have survived the centuries underground on New Zealand's North Island, sealed in a chemically balanced environment that has preserved the timber in perfect condition.
Kauri trees grew for nearly 2000 years before being buried. The largest trees can have a girth of up to 40 feet, and a total height of nearly 200 feet. Extraction of the logs is time consuming and technically difficult, requiring skilled operators of heavy machinery. Working in wet conditions, each log is carefully brought to the surface. After the log has been removed, the area is then restored to its original contours.
The rich, warm hues of Kauri wood range in color from amber to wheat. The vertical grain shows off the wood's 'aged' look - unique to kauri wood only! Kauri wood is stunning as a single center inlay titanium band, but can also compliment any of our other inlay materials, including stone and concrete. A few of our favorite Ancient Kauri titanium rings are featured below:
"Meet Me in Our Forest"