Complex and highly finished wooden rings, some featuring mixed species such as ebony with maple trim - often inlaid with gold and jewels - seem to be trending in popularity as everyday jewelry, and as symbols of commitment among soon-to-be married couples.
Minter & Richter offers a number of wood-inlayed rings, including a titanium wedding band with 50,000-year-old aAncient Kauri wood with Malachite stone and black concrete inlays. Married owners Scott and Minter Richter operate from a studio in Boston’s Historic Rum Distillery, located in a mid-19th century brick and beam building.
There are dozens for sources for wood wedding rings, such as the ancient kauri and birch rings at right.
Along with dozens of wood ring sources on Etsy.com and at Customade.com, some other companies in the business include Northwood Rings in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia (owned by Elizabeth and Alan Hill); Touch Wood Rings, in Williams Lake, British Columbia (owned by David and Nicola Finch); and Simply Wood Rings, based in Chicago (owned by Gustave Reyes). Buyers are willing to spend hundreds of dollars for these diminutive wood and mixed material products - making them certainly the most expensive wood offerings by weight.
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