Now that more and more couples are starting to head back to more renewable, reliable, and natural elements in their everyday lives, natural materials like wood are becoming much more desirable and popular in today’s wedding rings.
The top 5 reasons wood wedding rings have become so popular.
Organic Look and Feel – Just as we have changed our style of clothing over the years to more natural fibers, couples are opting towards wood for the same reason. There is just something very comfortable and healing about wearing wood wrapped around your finger as a symbol of your love for your spouse. Gone are the hard angles and sharp metals of before. We are all learning that comfort is key when opting for an item that you are going to be wearing daily. Wood is warm, rather than steely. It is also soft on the eyes and is gentle rather than abrasive.
Stabilized Durability – Wood stabilization is the process of strengthening wood so that it will no longer respond to changes in humidity. Stabilization can be performed in five steps: drying the wood, loading the vacuum chamber, saturating the wood with resin, curing the wood, and coloring the wood. Though it adds to the expense of the process, Minter & Richter Designs uses ONLY stabilized wood for all their rings. This means that each inlay is impregnated with acrylics and stabilized under 65,000 pounds of pressure, making them as impermeable to water as humanly possible and incredibly resistant to scratches. Having said all this, wood is less durable than, say, stone or resin or mokume gane, etc. If you are particularly concerned about your lifestyle and wood inlays, you may want to be sure to also get our fabulous Band Balm.
At Minter & Richter Designs, all our woods that are in our library are already stabilized and ready to go. If you are considering sending us your own block of wood, we would be happy to stabilize it for you. Keep in mind that personal wood stabilization can add about 3 months to the creation process of the ring. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Personal wood blocks sent to us must be at least 1.25” x 1.25” x 4-6 inches, dry can crack free in order to be stabilized properly. Minter & Richter Designs Customers have sent very special wood pieces to us in the past, such as pieces of their house, pieces of their children’s crib, tree branches from where they were married, met, or first kissed – you name it!
Of course, even non-dyed woods have a great variety of natural colors.
Bloodwood Ring - Grace and Mercy
Cypress Wood Ring - Southeast Cypress King
Cherry Wood Ring - Cherry Blue
Olive Wood & Redwood Ring - Olive Love Redwood
Whiskey Barrel Ring - Bully Boy Boston Wedding Ring
Koa Wedding Ring - Drummer Man
Wenge & Ancient Kauri Wood Wedding Rings - Find Me
Represents Personal Characteristics of Wearer – Not only do we all love wood for its glorious color and texture, but also because wood can represent where we hail from, where we are going, places we love to be. Here in Boston, we get a lot of transplants from other states. They often decide to incorporate a wood from the state or country from which they came, like California Buckeye, Redwood from California, Desert Ironwood, Maple from New England and Canada or Bog Oak from Scotland, Ireland or Ukraine.
Opportunity to be Unique - As pretty as a gold wedding band can be, people today are more excited by experiences and items that are unique to them. This desire filters right down through what we wear, what we drive and even to our desires for our custom wedding rings. Since wood is a natural product, every cut of wood is different from the next, so it is impossible for anyone ever to duplicate.
Wood wedding rings are gaining popularity, offering a delightful alternative to traditional gold, silver, or platinum bands. While Maple remains the crowd favorite here in New England, there's a multitude of other woods such as Oak, Walnut, and even exotic woods like Koa and Zebrawood that are being molded into rings that are as unique as each couple.
These wood rings exude an earthly elegance, their grains and natural colors telling a silent tale of timeless beauty and resilience - much like a marriage. Moreover, no two wood rings are ever the same, with each cut of wood varying in color, texture, and pattern, symbolizing the unique journey each couple embarks upon.
Crafting a wood wedding ring is an art, requiring meticulous attention and a keen eye for detail. At the heart of this process is the choice of wood, which can range from the classic strength of Redwood to the darker hues of Wenge or the intricate patterns of Box Elder. When crafting these rings, the wood is carefully selected, cut, and polished to reveal its natural beauty. It is then either used as a solid band or incorporated into a durable metal setting for added strength.
Caring for your wood wedding ring is simple, but important. Wood is organic and can be affected by extreme temperatures, moisture, and harsh chemicals. All our woods are stabilized under 65,000 pounds of pressure and impregnated with acrylics for maximum impermeability so that you can live your life like normal. You can also protect your wood with Minter & Richter Designs Band Balm. Don't forget to check out our Lifetime Care Options, which will cover your ring for all damage. Any piece of jewelry can get damaged, but through our Lifetime Care, we are always here to help. We are the only hand made ring company in the country that not only covers your ring for all damage, but also for loss! Be sure to check our our Premium Lifetime Care which means that should you lose your ring, we will re-make it for FREE!
With the rise in sustainability and a return to natural materials, the popularity of wood wedding rings is set to grow. Beautiful, unique, and deeply personal, these rings are more than a piece of jewelry – they are a symbol of your love and a celebration of nature. So why not consider a wood wedding ring? After all, your love story is one-of-a-kind, shouldn't your ring be too?
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I customize my wood wedding ring?
Absolutely! Customization is a key feature of wood wedding rings. From choosing the type of wood to including a piece of wood that holds personal significance, you can create a ring that perfectly represents your unique love story.
How durable are Minter & Richter Designs wood wedding rings?
While wood rings require a bit of care, all our woods are stabilized under 65,000 pounds of pressure and impregnated with acrylics for maximum impermeability.. Much like a strong marriage, a Minter & Richter Designs wood ring can stand the test of time. Caring for your wood wedding ring is simple, but important. Wood is organic and can be affected by extreme temperatures, moisture, and harsh chemicals. You can also protect your wood with Minter & Richter Designs Band Balm. Don't forget to check out our Lifetime Care Options, which will cover your ring for all damage. Any piece of jewelry can get damaged, but through our Lifetime Care, we are always here to help. We are the only hand made ring company in the country that not only covers your ring for all damage, but also for loss! Be sure to check our our Premium Lifetime Care which means that should you lose your ring, we will re-make it for FREE!
Minter + Richter Designs Band Balm
Can I wear my wood wedding ring all the time?
Wood wedding rings can indeed be worn every day. However, it's best to remove them during activities that could expose them to extreme temperatures, moisture, or harsh chemicals, such as dishwashing, showering, or swimming. The less any piece of jewelry on earth is exposed to extremes, the better of course.
Are wood wedding rings environmentally friendly?
Wood wedding rings can be very environmentally friendly, particularly when crafted from sustainably sourced or reclaimed wood as we do here at Minter & Richter Designs. Choosing a wooden ring is a wonderful way to celebrate your love while respecting nature.
What types of wood are used in wedding rings?
There are a variety of woods that can be used in wedding rings and we add new woods all the time, including Box Elder Woods, Oak, Maple, Walnut, and exotic woods like Koa and Zebrawood. Each type of wood offers unique colors, grain patterns, and characteristics.