Captivating Natural Beauty: Our natural shell, sand, and stone rings

Captivating Natural Beauty: Our natural shell, sand, and stone rings
November 30, 2015 Northwood Rings

One of the things that set us apart from other ring makers is that we are dedicated to protecting the environment. Not only are we eco-friendly and sustainable, we even go so far as to incorporate natural ideas into our creations. Our rings with natural shell, sand and stone are rich with captivating natural beauty, and will give you a ring that you can be sure that no one else has. Inlayed with mother of pearl and other wonderful natural substances, they are some of our favorite products. Here is what we put into the rings to make them so beautiful

Mother of pearl

Mother of pearl, also known as nacre, is a composite material made of organic and inorganic substances that is produced by some molluscs. It is incredibly tough, durable, and beautiful. This substance has been used throughout human history to decorate everything from musical instruments to clothing, and continues to be a sought after jewellery material. Our mother-of-pearl inlays are a beautiful accent to any wooden ring.

Paua shells

Paua is the Maori name given to species of sea snails that are commonly found on rocky sea shores. They are harvested not only for their great taste but also for their beautiful shell. The indigenous people of New Zealand recognize them as a treasure, and the shells are commonly used in artwork as a representation of the stars. Not only are they extremely popular as souvenirs, they are also highly sought after for use in fine jewellery. One of our rings with an inlay of Paua is a treasure all its own.


A mineral with an intense green hue, this material has been used for its colour since ancient times. This beautiful mineral is used now mostly for decorative purposes, and its beauty, depth, and strength are prized across the world. We pair malachite inlays with some of the powerful and beautiful woods at our disposal to bring you breath-taking rings that are as rare as the mineral they contain.

Here at Northwood, we use our expert craftsmanship combined with a wide variety of beautiful precious metals and natural substances to bring you the finest custom wooden rings in existence. Nothing jewellery reflects the beauty of nature more than our gorgeous rings with mineral, shells, and mother of pearl. We are sure there is something in our ring collection that fits your tastes.

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Macassar Ebony - Southeast Asia: A beautiful dark red to black toned wood. Great with vibrant colours like turquoise or malachite.
English Oak
*We are currently using the lighter woods from our Macassar Ebony to achieve this color as Roasted English Oak that is workable for bentwood has become hard to find. Colors range from medium to dark brown and nearly black tones.
Grey Maple
Sugar Maple - Canada: We use the same maple as our regular maple listing, but achieve a beautiful greyed colour by soaking the wood in iron acetate to achieve a weathered silver look.
Santos Rosewood
South America (Brazil and Bolivia): Not a true rosewood, and the same wood as our Pau Ferro, we use the santos name to differentiate the more red tone of this wood from the yellow tones of our Pau Ferro.
Pau Ferro
South America (Brazil and Bolivia): The same as our Santos Rosewood (although not a true rosewood), we use the Pau Ferro name to differentiate the more yellow tone of this wood from the red tones of our Santos.
Central and South America: Beautiful deep purple tones that range to nearly black, but show up brilliant in natural light.
American Elm
Eastern to Midwest United States: Tones range from a toasted caramel to light creamy white in the sapwood
Hawaiian Golden Koa
Hawaii: Vibrant golden tones ranging to reddish hues make this one of our customers most favorite wood choices.
American Black Walnut
Eastern United States: Walnut ranges from a pale brown to a deep chocolate brown and every shade between. Can have color casts of yellow, grey, purple or red.
Elm Burl
Western Europe: The grain in a burled tree is caused by some form of stress or injury to the tree, but creates a pattern that is beautiful to look at. Colors range from medium to dark brown with small figures of color patterns changing throughout.
Canadian Maple
Sugar Maple - Canada: Light and bright in color, our sugar maple comes from Canada and is a beautiful warm creamy white tone ranging to a light honey shade.

None of the woods we use are listed in the CITES appendices as being threatened or endangered. Macassar Ebony is listed on the IUCN Red List as being vulnerable due to a decline in it’s natural range. 

We source most of our woods from craftspeople and artisans with pieces too small for their own use. In this way we feel we can create beautiful rings without contributing to their decline.

Lapis Lazuli
"Blue Mix"
Made from Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Malachite
Synthetic Coral
Coral Sand
Natural Sand
Mother of Pearl
Synthetic Opal