Our Purpose

Our Purpose

Offering Unrivaled Customer Service, Exceptional Craftsmanship and Advancing Equality for All - One Handcrafted Ring at a time.

our purpose

Since Northwood’s beginning in 2012 it has always been our mission to provide the best customer service imaginable along with solid, beautiful craftsmanship in the creation of our bentwood rings at reasonable prices for our customers. 

As we grew and added employees and began needing larger supplies of material a third pillar of importance became evident to us – ethical sourcing, doing no harm, and advancing equality for all life. 

We love creating beautiful jewelry for our customers, but even more than that, we love knowing that with a little extra effort we can not only avoid causing harm to others, but help lift our community and our world towards a better future.  

We’ve included all the information you may want to know about us and our beliefs/practices to help you decide if Northwood is the right fit for you.

Every ring sold on Northwood Rings is made in our shop in Nova Scotia, Canada. No ring, or part of one of our rings, is being mass produced by a factory. We know that we could reduce prices by purchasing in bulk from a factory in India or China, but we believe the history of child labor, horrible working conditions, and unfair wages that lead to these cheaper prices isn’t worth it.

When you receive a Northwood Ring you receive a handcrafted piece that has been made by employees earning  a living wage right here in our own community. 

Just like we won’t contribute to unfair wages or horrible working conditions abroad, we believe in fair, living wages for our employees. Not only do they deserve a wage that keeps up with inflation and allows them the luxury of meeting their basic needs, they deserve to earn enough to afford the extras, too.  Our prices reflect their craftsmanship and pay them a living (really living) wage. 

We provide flexible schedules, time off, paid sick days, holiday time and a dignified, equal-footing work place where employees are treated like people, not production robots or expendable products.

Abuse towards our staff from anyone, including customers, is never tolerated.

In exchange, our employees are happy, healthy and ready to keep up with our promise of great customer service, and it shows.  

We use only sustainably sourced hardwoods, and the majority of our woods come from cabinetmakers and other artists that have pieces too small to be used for their line of work. We take these pieces and turn them into beautiful jewelry that our customers can be proud to wear.

Some of our woods are popular choices and we need more than we can get from the cabinetmakers alone. When we purchase these woods we do so through companies that are members of the Forest Stewardship Council and follow ethical harvesting and management of their supplies.

All of the precious metals used in our products is SCS certified 100% recycled. SCS is a global leader in verification of environmental and sustainability claims with internationally recognized standards. Learn more about SCS certification.

Northwood Jewelry only uses Canadian diamonds where diamonds are used in our products. Canadian diamonds are mined in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and meet the requirements of the Kimberley Process. A Canadian diamond can be traced back to the mine of origin based on records and a chain of warranties required to validate a Canadian diamond claim. Learn more about the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct.

At Northwood we often create our gemstone rings with lab-created colored stones or use a Charles and Colvard Moissanite in place of diamonds. We believe these gemstones contain all of the beauty and perfection of naturally occurring stones without the environmental disadvantages that mining natural resources can bring.

We encourage our customers to use lab-created gemstones whenever possible.  A lab created gemstone is not a ‘fake’ stone. It possesses the same chemical, physical, and optical characteristics as the naturally occurring gemstone, but is grown in a lab – typically from a ‘seed’ of a natural gemstone. These stones are beautiful and free of defects, and can also be guaranteed conflict-free.

When a natural stone is requested we will source one for our customers only if we can be reasonably certain of its origin and integrity.

In addition to the sourcing of our materials, Northwood believes in the responsibility we have to use these materials with respect. We use every material with care and recycle materials wherever possible to make sure nothing is wasted. We craft our jewelry with the highest regard for craftsmanship and longevity of our products to ensure our customers are receiving an ethically sourced, ethically made, and long lasting item that they can love and enjoy for many years to come.

We do our best to package our jewelry to ensure your piece reaches you safely. While this means more than just minimal packaging, we are committed to using high quality products that can be recycled or reused once you receive your item, and while we understand that receiving your wooden ring in a wooden ring box would be beautiful, we do feel that most wooden ring boxes that we can source commercially are made in an unsustainable way and involve a lot of chemical varnishes and unnecessary processing.

We do occasionally work with a local craftsman to create handmade wooden keepsake boxes for customers when they are requested. These are made from fallen local woods such as walnut or maple. If you would like one of these boxes and they aren’t currently available under our accessories, please ask us for more information. If the artist has time in his schedule we would be happy to have a box made for you along with your ring for a reasonable price.

Love is Love. Northwood will never turn away or treat anyone differently. We are accepting, and celebrate, all choices.

Northwood Rings is happy to provide accommodations for vegan lifestyles. While all of our rings are vegan friendly, including the glues and finishes, our included wood wax uses beeswax.

We are more than happy to exchange your wax for a vegan friendly option using soy wax instead. Just let us know. 

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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