questionswhat do you think of wood-inlay wedding bands?

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i don't have any specific experience, but wouldn't the wood eventually dry out?

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They're ugly. I hate them. :)

Actually, I think they're quite attractive, but for the price difference, I wouldn't buy one.

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We are in the same boat, you and I. I am also getting married very soon AND am looking at wood-inlay wedding bands..crazy. Many of my friends think I'm crazy for going with wood inlay but I love the look. I haven't seen that website before but I agree that its definitely a good place to start at least. From what I've been told, the wood ones are obvious more apt to be damaged, but they actually hold up much better than expected. I'll keep researching around the interwebz and my friends and I'll let you know if I find out any other sites!

Congrats.

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Are they safe from dry erase markers?

this is a dealbreaker

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That's funny, I am wearing the rosewood bracelet I bought in Costa Rica last week right now. I am also wearing a ring carved out of an unknown wood with a mother of pearl facing. Almost all the souvenirs I bought in Costa Rica were of beautiful hand finished rosewood, a platter, a small crane statue, this bracelet. The guys that were with me also bought rosewood bowls.

I would expect for a ring that would be worn constantly, a wood inlay might require a little extra care. For example, if you wash dishes or spend a lot of time with your hands in water, you probably ought to wax it once a month or so. You could just put on a dab of turtle wax and hand shine it with a rag, or if you have any kind of mechanical buffer such as a car buffer you could use that. This will also protect and beautify the metal part of the ring.

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It says, "Darling, this wood will rot, just like my love for you."

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Oooh, many of the rings on that site are absolutely gorgeous! Some remind me of art, like this opal and koa wood set or the inlaid designs. Thanks for posting the link, @dmaz! (I would love to wear this as a wedding ring someday!)

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Back to your question: I love the symbolism of your wedding ring including Brazilian wood! If you were Canadian, I'd suggest that your bride's ring include maple, but I'm not sure what would be the quintessential American equivalent!

I have no experience with inlaid wood; I'd be more worried about it getting wet than drying out. One consideration: Do you think you'll wear it all the time? Take it off when you get home? Would you be willing to go swimming without it? (Your answers to these might change: I intended to wear my wedding ring all the time, but discovered my hands swell/shrink quite a bit with both temperature and hormones - left hand more than right, interestingly - so it was often too loose or too tight on any given day. I put a bin next to the door and took it off as soon as I walked in.)

One piece of advice: I highly recommend "comfort fit" rings; I've found them to be much more comfortable than a standard-profile ring, especially when working with my hands or typing.

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Thanks everyone for the thoughtful answers! :)

@carl669: This was one of my first questions (along with, will it warp within the metal) when I called. She explained to me the process they use to pretty much epoxy it in there. Additionally, depending on the wood you use, it can be extremely dense, and as hard as many kinds of rock. Brazilian Rosewood is close to sinking in water, hehe.

@studerc: Awesome to hear someone is looking into it too! I'm going to try to look for more online options tonight and see what turns up. I really think they are awesome looking!

@moondrake: Thanks for the tip about the wax! I will definitely do that :) Also, even though they don't carry a lifetime guarantee, the owner's wife assured that they will repair them at a significantly lower cost, something happen.

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@neuropsychosocial: Glad you liked the site! :D You noticed the symbolism too! I'm really excited about it!

Here's an excerpt from their site about the treatment of the rings, and how they hold up against water.

"Our jewelry is designed to be completely water and detergent safe. With the strength and durability of Titanium and protective coating applied over the inlay, your ring is made to withstand many years of wear. It is highly recommended that you remove your ring when working with Acetone-based chemicals as it may affect your jewelry."

I'm guessing they use some kind of really strong epoxy, which would hold up against almost anything for a long time other than acetone and the like.

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do you have to use Lemon Pledge to clean them?

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I'd be concerned about the durability of the wood inlay. They admit that it could be damaged by solvents, but how well would it stand up to damage. Rings will get banged and maybe chipped. One of the big benefits of non traditional metals (titanium) is that they are very resistant to this.

That having been said, I'm getting married in February and will give them a look. My fiancee is wearing a moissianite engagement ring, so clearly we are not wrapped up in tradition.

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Is this a way to say "I got your wood right here"? Congrats again. :)

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Don't worry about the wood fading/shrinking/warping. It won't. It will be sealed and will take quite a bit to damage.

I would worry about scratches, which is why my ring is 10k instead of 14.

One other thing to consider is the difficulty you will have trying to replace it if it ever gets lost. Especially if you need to replace it on short notice after losing it at work. (don't ask). You could always buy two, and alternate wearing them 'just in case'.

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If you use hand moisturizer, you'd sort of be polishing the ring every time you apply it, so it may not dry out as quickly as one might fear.

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Aloha,
I am a rep at Hawaii Titanium Rings, thank you so much dmaz and everyone. Just wanted to let you know the owner of our company is one of the first to make embedded titanium rings and has worked with NASA scientists to develop our coating. We also have a lifetime refinishing and sizing guarantee. I am here if anyone has questions:)

Mahalo,
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