Josh and Alicia’s Ring Story

Josh and Alicia’s Ring Story
March 30, 2017 Northwood Rings Customer Service Team

We are so thrilled to have been sent this story from our lovely customers! Thank you so much for sharing this with us Josh and Alicia, and for choosing us to be part of your special day!


Josh and I have known one another since 2010 when we both started going to school for Paramedicine. We weren’t always close but we had a similar group of friends and share many memories from that time, which can still make us laugh to this day. We always get a good chuckle out of his embarrassing nicknames for me that somehow always stuck and the way I “accidentally” asked him out, then quickly revoked it when I thought he could get the “wrong idea”.

When we both graduated, Josh moved away to work in Ottawa and I got hired in the region of Peel. A year later Josh returned and we were both surprised how well we hit it off at our second “go” at friendship. That phase lasted no longer than a few weeks when we both got chosen to volunteer in an overseas mission trip to Kenya with an organization called “Medic’s HELP”. It was less than two weeks into the fundraising phase of this trip before we were “official” and I suppose you can say we ended up falling in love in Africa. To this day that trip holds a very special place in our hearts and we have nothing but fond memories of the entire experience.

Since that trip, we’ve been blessed with countless moments that have helped us grow together and become more than best friends. Whether it’s adventuring in the mountains, exploring the Yukon or spending 3 weeks on a portaging trip in northern Ontario, there’s no place I’d rather be than trudging along beside him. (It’s incredible how well you get to know someone when you’re sleeping in a quinzhee for 3 nights at -30).

On June 10th of last year, he once again made me the happiest girl in the world by doing the old fashioned down-on-one-knee thing all of us girly girls dream of…and in the middle of the night, under a lamp post in the heart of Trinity Bellwood’s park a heavily excited, overly emotional “fiancée” could be seen jumping up and down in her pajamas saying yes! yes! yes!

After I had calmed down enough to take a look at the ring on my finger the waterworks once again started. He had taken the sand he saved from a beach on that first adventure to Kenya and had it set as an inlay in a gorgeous wooden ring made of English Oak. It represents our love for one another, the great outdoors, and our beginning all with one glance at my hand. I’d later find out he had a similar one made for his wedding band with sand from Lake Superior…another place that holds countless memories and emotions for us.

Many thanks to Northwood Rings for bringing to my hand and our hearts all the memories and emotions of our beginning.

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Ebony
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.
Purpleheart
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.

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