Our Favourite Natural Woods

Our Favourite Natural Woods
January 20, 2016 Northwood Rings

There is something to be said about the paradoxical beauty and simplicity of nature.  Nature can sometimes be overwhelmingly colourful, loud, and complex in its beauty, but it also has the capacity to be breathtakingly stunning in even the most simple of ways.  Our natural rings tap into that simplistic beauty which reflects the natural warmth and exquisiteness of the wearer far better than a metal ring ever could.  Here are some of our absolute favourite natural woods to have your next ring made from.

Natural Grey Maple
Natural Grey Maple

This naturally cool-coloured wood is sophisticated, but laid back and earthy at the same time.  Grey Maple that is expertly smoothed and finished into a bentwood ring is a testament to craftsmanship and attention to detail.  Its natural wood grain goes with the curving movement of the ring, which gives it a beautiful combination of elegance and simplicity in design.  Grey Maple is also one of our most popular woods to have a custom ring made from, so feel free to let your imagination run wild as to what this colour of wood could be combined with to make the ring of your dreams

Natural Golden Koa
Natural Golden Koa

Golden Koa is a smooth yet vibrant wood with only just a hint of actual wood texture in its makeup.  Rings made from Golden Koa are an excellent choice for women and men alike.  It makes a unique wedding band, and also finds itself well suited for any real special occasions.  Rings made of this wood also comes with the options to customize any way you prefer, and come with our Care for Life Guarantee, so you can rest assured that this ring will last a lifetime.

Natural Bird’s Eye Birch
Natural Bird’s Eye Birch

The natural grain of birch lends bentwood rings their stunning appearances that are as chic as they are simple. Bird’s Eye Birch is smooth to the touch and finished for a sheen that enhances the wood without detracting from its nature given beauty. Its unique grain is reminiscent of marble or abstract brush techniques on a painting.

Invest in a natural wood ring and bring out the best in your skin and your style.  All of our wood is ethically sourced from the best suppliers, so you can wear your exquisitely crafted ring with peace of mind.

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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.

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