How Durable are Wood Rings?
If you’re trying to be more eco-conscious about your wedding rings (and hey, why wouldn’t you be), then wood bands provide a great option. They are quite attractive as well, but a question you’ll need to ask yourself is whether or not they are durable enough for your lifestyle.
We’ve got the answers here, so keep reading!
Wood Wedding Rings Pros & Cons
There are many potential reasons that you should or should not purchase a wooden wedding ring, but it all will come down to your individual circumstances, wants, and needs. To help you decide if a wood wedding band will be a good option for you, we’re going to break down the pros and cons of wooden rings. Let’s start with the pros.
Pros of Wood Wedding Rings
Beyond being an eco-friendly option, wood wedding rings are highly customizable. Wood rings can be made using a wide variety of beautiful and colorful hardwoods, and inlaid in virtually all metal types, like titanium, gold, and black zirconium.
Wood rings are also a ring set that is often sought-after not just for their beauty, but because their wide variety of options makes them one-of-a-kind items. Your significant other is one-of-a-kind, and his or her ring should be, too. You simply won’t find another wood wedding band that is identical to yours. Wood rings can even be crafted into matching sets, with customizable features like wood-burn engravings and more.
Beyond those reasons, one of the best arguments for wooden wedding rings is likely the approachable price. For any couples “balling” on a budget, wooden rings are affordable, and worth a great value when you consider the high level of craftsmanship involved to create the ring.
However, despite all of these advocations, wood rings are not without their potential limitations. But cut them some slack - who isn’t?
Cons of Wooden Wedding Bands
Perhaps the biggest argument against wood wedding rings is that they require some maintenance to remain in good condition (more on this later). Wood wedding rings cannot be re-sized due to the inability to solder the ring back together, hence the reason we have created a free size exchange policy to alleviate any worries.
However, isn’t the point of a wedding ring to last forever? Maintenance and awareness might not be what you have in mind when it comes to your wedding ring. You likely just want to put it on, wear it, and forget about it, rather than have to constantly take care of it.
Most wood rings contain an interior wood inlay sleeve or an exterior inlay. Part of wearing wood rings is that sometimes the wood inlays can separate from the base metal(titanium, black zirconium, gold etc…). The lifting or separation is typically the most common setback, but because we always have your back our lifetime warranty will repair and or replace this at no charge.
Types of Wood Wedding Rings
The best types to be used in wedding rings are hardwoods including koa, cocobolo, red heart, whiskey barrel, sandalwood, maple, spalted tamarind, leopard wood, cherry, walnut, and others. These woods each have their own unique grain designs and may even contain special meanings, which can help you choose the perfect type for you.
There are also wooden rings called “bentwood” rings. These rings are created through a process of bending and forming layers of woods strips, then wrapping them tightly together to form the solid ring. A special adhesive is applied to preserve the wood and increase its strength. These rings are highly water-resistant and many people leave them on when swimming without any issues.
This, of course, will depend on the type of wood used as well as the finish. Many jewelers will claim that bentwood rings are indestructible, but this is not true. However, bentwood rings are easier to repair for any knicks or other damage than most other ring types.
Wood inlay rings offer another option. These rings are strengthened by a host metal, often tungsten, titanium, black zirconium, or the like, and a resin is used to make them 100 percent waterproof. This resin also protects the rings against damage over time.
Both bentwood and wood inlay rings are highly-durable, and present secondary options for those interested in the wood ring market.
Maintenance Required for Wooden Rings
Wood rings will all require some occasional maintenance, but how much depends on the type of wood and style. Wood inlay rings, for example, only require occasional polishing with a micro-fiber cloth. Bentwood rings take a little more care since the coating used to preserve them is rather rare. Many jewelers will recommend that you send your bentwood ring in for polishing for this reason. Wood you still like to know more? Head to our blog for more information!