Rings comprised of exotic hardwood have grown in popularity as they are exceptionally beautiful, fashionable and durable. Like your loved one, each ring has a unique grain which means no two are ever the same.
What is Hardwood?
Exotic wood (or hardwood) rings and bands are uniquely attractive; they are made from hardwood and a custom formed metal or composite.
Hardwood is a type of highly-dense and most rigid form of wood obtained from dicot trees present in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Exotic hardwood is sustainably sourced from Ironwood, Oak, Teak, Sapele, Iroko, Meranti trees, to name a few. Moreover, hardwood is very durable, and using beeswax to finish rings helps with it's water-resistance, enhancing its durability.
Hardwood rings are usually formed with a combination of naturally sourced hardwood and custom-formed alternative metals.
The hardwood can be used in two ways: it can form an inlay on the exterior of the ring or as a sleeve on the interior. Customers can choose the colour, character, pattern, and quality of hardwood steel to customize their ring
Why you should get a hardwood ring
Hardwood steel rings are highly durable as they are made from tough hardwood, accompanied with a durable metal or composite base. Its composition makes rings last for years with proper care.
Although hardwood steel rings are made from wood, they are made water resistant by stabilizing them and using beeswax or epoxy for their finish. Moreover, sealing the wood layer with a thin layer of enamel enhances the protection of wood from moisture and damage.
Hardwood rings are usually unlikely to react with skin, and therefore are generally safe to use and hypoallergenic.
Rust, Scratch, and Corrosion Resistant
Corrosion is a deterioration that occurs in metals. Acids cause corrosion of metals resulting in the deterioration of the fine appearance of metal surfaces. Hardwood, however, is corrosion-resistant and durable. The chances of getting scratches on hardwood steel rings are much less. The metals combined with hardwood rings are specially treated to make them corrosion resistant.
Hardwood rings are generally affordable when compared to traditional precious metals such as gold and silver rings.
Hardwood rings have a unique grain which means no two hardwood rings are the same. They are also easily paired with other metals to produce distinct designs and looks for all wearers.
We've put together some of our designs below to highlight the designs possible when combining hardwood and other metals.
Things to consider
While selecting a hardwood steel ring, it is best to measure the size of your wedding ring precisely, as resizing it will be very difficult. Therefore we recommend measuring your ring size accurately using our guide or see a jeweller for an accurate ring size.
However, we always offer a Resize Service for any ring that doesn’t quite fit first time.
Inlays for hardwood rings usually begin at 3mm depths as anything smaller than that would cause the wood to be too brittle. However, we often combine hardwood rings with other metals to strengthen the rings and make them last.