Wood Accessories: The Next Trend in Fashion

Wood Accessories: The Next Trend in Fashion
February 23, 2016 Northwood Rings

In this day and age, people are more socially conscious when it comes to what their accessories, clothes, and other fashion items are made of.  As technology has advanced, alternatives for leather, diamonds, and other morally questionable products have multiplied and evolved to suit our functional and aesthetic needs.  Open your mind to the possibilities and check out these great accessories ethically sourced from wood.

Watches

When people think of watches these days, they often think of clunky, chrome metal pieces.  Watches made from wood are often soft, flexible, and made from all-natural wood.  Wood watches are also more likely to come in simple, clean, and understated designs that highlight the natural movement and grain of the wood.  They are also an accessory that is 100% environmentally responsible.

Bracelets/Cuffs

From bangles, to soft bracelets, to hard cuffs, fashion designers have perfected the art of using wood to the full extent that it can be used.  Wood bangles are a great alternative for a look that does not jingle like a wind chime every time you move your arms. Wooden jewelry is hardly a new concept, but recently designers have developed sewable wood, cork, and even sewable slate to make jewelry that looks as good as it makes you feel.

Shoes

Stylists and designers have found ways to make wood as sewable and pliable as leather.  This allows fashion designers to make even complex, soft items like loafers out of organic woods like cork.  Cork shoes make an excellent alternative to leather while retaining all the richness in colour, texture, and durability.  The final look is one that is chic, modern, and innovative – your footwear allows you to be the change you want to see in the world.

Bags

Similarly to what can be done with shoes, cork is a durable, biodegradable material that can even be made to look like snakeskin or other animal leathers.  Also, by purchasing cork bags, shoes, or accessories, you help in preserving Europe’s rapidly disappearing Cork Oak trees.  The more demand increases for cork products, the more cork trees will be planted – the world can always benefit from a few more trees.

Making the responsible choice when it comes to fashion is easier, trendier and more affordable than ever thanks to advancements in technology and socially minded innovators, from jewelers to fashion designers.  Accessories made of wood can stand up to the bumps and scrapes of daily life, and can also last for years and years as the wheel of fashion trends continues to turn.

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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