Wedding Trend: Wooden Wedding Rings
If you'd like something different from the traditional gold and silver wedding rings, check out wooden options. Many of them are stunningly beautiful, combining richly colored woods, diamonds, mother of pearl, and other materials. Before you buy, though, you should know that you have to treat wooden rings differently from the metal kind.
Advantages of Wooden Wedding Rings
A wooden wedding ring gets a lot of attention. They stand out as something truly special, so you'll probably find that a lot of people ask about them. If you like getting attention, that's one of the biggest advantages of wearing a wood ring.
Wooden rings are also considered eco-friendly. Instead of mining precious metals from the ground, ring makers use a renewable resource, wood. If you're primarily interested in the eco-friendly aspect of wood wedding rings, though, you should know that some rings contain precious metals and other materials that are mined from the ground.
If that bothers you, go for all-wood options.
Taking Care of Wooden Wedding Rings
Most rings made of wood require special care. You don't want to get them wet for very long. In fact, it's best to take the ring off before showering. If you're the forgetful type, you might want to stick with metal rings. If you're willing to take your ring off before you wash your hands, do the dishes, or take a shower, wooden rings could work well for you (also, it's best if you can remember to put the ring back on when you're done).
For most people, taking off the ring becomes second nature, like flipping on a light switch when you enter a dark room.
Some ring makers treat the wood with a waterproofing finish. You wouldn't want to take them SCUBA diving or anything, but you can wear them all day without any concern. Keep in mind that not all ring makers waterproof their rings. Know what kind of ring you have so you can keep it in great shape.
Over time, a wood ring may show some signs of wear. You do a lot with your hands. After several years, unintentional knocks and scrapes can cause damage to the ring. Some ring makers offer lifetime refinishing services to keep their rings in top shape at all times. Again, not all ring makers offer this service, so you need to know that you have chosen a reliable business before you make a purchase.
Wood rings can take a little extra care, but they are wonderful alternatives to metal rings. If you really want a handmade, special ring for your marriage, you won't mind spending a little extra time.
Posted by Matt T.