What Stones Pair the Best with Wood?

What Stones Pair the Best with Wood?
January 20, 2016 Northwood Rings

At Northwood Rings, our rings are made with the impeccable technique called Bentwood, which ensures your ring, even when made from all natural materials, will last for lifetimes.  This also makes sure that our wooden rings can be inlaid with all manner of stones and minerals without compromising the makeup or structure of the ring and you can have your Northwood ring customized to your specific desire.  Here are some of the stones that pair the best with wood rings.


Malachite is a bright, opaque green and is only found underground in specific geological circumstances involving the water table.  The stone is so green, it got its name because it resembled the leaves of the Mallow plant. Malachite is an excellent choice for a splash of colour in your natural aesthetic ring.


Turquoise is so unique it has a colour named after itself.  Turquoise is an opaque, greenish-blue mineral.  It has been used in ornamenting jewelry and other luxury objects for thousands of years all over the world.  It was one of the first gems to be mined by human beings and has been used to adorn jewelry in ancient China, Egypt, and among many indigenous peoples in North America.  This tough, historically significant gem adds an excellent splash of colour to any piece of jewelry.

Mother Of Pearl
Mother Of Pearl

While not technically a stone, mother of pearl has a unique sheen to it that can come of hundreds of different hues that work excellently with wood jewelry.   Also known as Nacre, it is a material that is both organic and inorganic, usually made by molluscs, and is also makes up the same outer coating that covers pearls.  This material is connected to the earth’s huge, enduring biological history and can come in virtually any colour in the rainbow

Offset your next wood ring with one of these amazing materials and we guarantee you will have a piece unlike any other in existence.

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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