As you browse through the available wood options, you will notice some are labeled primary wood, some secondary wood and others inlay. Whether you decide to make a ring out of one type of wood or five, you must choose at least one primary wood for strength and durability. After that, the possibilities are endless.
If you are ordering engagement or wedding bands, choosing two types of wood is a great way to pair complimentary aspects of your relationship. (See wedding bands in the photo for example.) Trees have a long history of cultural beliefs and symbolism. You might like to read stories compiled about each tree to decide which are meaningful to you, just click on any tree to read more. You can sort by feminine and masculine energy as well.
Consider adding an inlay to your ring. You can’t beat the elegance and simplicity of a single band of inlay, especially if it’s a contrasting color. A circle of inlay in the front may resemble a gemstone setting. Or you may decide to line the inside of your ring with a different type of wood. A liner made of blonde wood, such as podo or birch, may be inscribed with a short message. Your rings may also be carved or burned to make a unique design.
Some inlay requires a technique known as bent wood. The rings pictured above are an example of this. The process involves boiling a thin strip of wood to make it pliable, then gluing it in place. Unfortunately, not all types of wood are bendable in this way. If you are considering an intricate design or a liner for your ring, please see the options for bent wood. Talk to me about your idea to learn what’s possible.
Another thing to consider is the shape of your ring. The following diagrams will help you determine the style you like best. (Asymmetrical shapes can also be ordered, though they aren’t pictured here.)
These are actual size (provided you aren’t zoomed in on your browser settings).
This is a side view.
Rings are available in whole and half sizes. If you don’t know your ring size, visit any local jeweler to be sized. If you already own a ring, simply measure the diameter. Please provide measurement in millimeters if you would like me to figure out the size. The finger naturally swells throughout the day, so it’s very important to measure your finger a few times at different times of day to get the most accurate measurement. In most cases, a ring can be adjusted a half size (up or down) for a better fit. If you order the wrong size, reworking it to fit is an additional fee.
I offer four types of finish, leaving the choice up to you. An oil-based polyurethane is what I recommend most for waterproof protection. Another waterproof option is cyanoacrylate (super glue), though it’s not always available or suitable–please inquire if you’re interested. Other options are natural finishes which are water-resistant but not waterproof. One is shellac and carnauba wax, the other is tung oil, which takes 2 weeks to fully cure. If you choose a natural finish, it is recommended that you not expose your ring to water. It’s best to remove them before washing to prolong the life of the ring.
Over time, the finish will wear off. If cared for, a ring with a polyurethane finish may last as long as 25 years before it needs refinishing. However, a natural finish needs to be reapplied once a year for the best protection. A good furniture polish may be used if the surface becomes scratched or dull. Should you require it, I only charge shipping for future refinishing.
The first piece of jewelry I ever made was a set of his and hers wooden engagement rings. Later I proposed with them on safari in Kenya. That day, two Maasai warriors gave us names in their native language. They named me Nashipae which means “Joyous One,” and named him Olosarian which means “Lucky One.” I was stunned, because I hadn’t told anyone. He would indeed be the lucky one before the day’s end! Also how did they guess–my middle name is Joy!
Joyous One Jewelry is all hand-made with a preference for earth-friendly, sustainable, non-toxic materials. Contact me with your special request. Jewelry can be made to order in any custom design. I hope you enjoy wearing these one-of-a-kind pieces as much as I enjoy making them.
…and in case you were wondering, he said yes! We got married in July 2011.