Wood wedding bands are fast becoming a popular choice for both men and women searching for a ring with a special twist. They bring an organic flavor to traditional wedding bands with various types of wood and materials found in nature.
A symbol of strength and growth, wood seems like the perfect choice for a wedding band! Wood brings connection to our roots, nature, and history when wood was used for everything from tools to fuel for a fire to jewelry.
They also are just plain and simply – unique. With each piece having different textures, grains, and shades of color, no two are alike. I predict you can be quite confident that people will notice and ask about your wood ring.
Mens Wood Ring FAQ
How Are They Made, and What Are They Made Of?
These rings are made using various techniques from being carved out of a single block of wood to being wrapped around a cylinder of metal. You can find rings with wood inlays or wood overlays. “Bentwood” rings are made from bending wood strips into a cylinder and securing them with a special adhesive. It’s also very common to find wood combined with metals such as titanium or gold.
Many other natural materials are gaining popularity in combination with wood. These can be anything from deer antler to gemstones and minerals, to moss and meteorite.
Are They Strong?
While wooden rings are not as strong as a solid metal ring, they are surprisingly durable. In general, wooden wedding bands are very solid and built to last. Most are water-resistant and many are sealed with a finish that makes them waterproof. If you purchase a water-resistant ring, it’s generally recommended that you take it off when swimming or showering if you want to be sure your ring doesn’t get damaged.
As with any type of jewelry, it’s important to remove rings when cleaning and using chemicals.
How much do Wood Wedding Bands Cost?
For the most part, wooden rings are a more affordable option than precious metals. If you choose to select a ring with materials such as diamonds, obviously that will begin approaching traditional precious metal ring price points. Precious and authentic rare materials and customization will also cost a little more. However, for those looking for a more affordable alternative, wood rings are a great choice.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get into some of our favorite crafted wood rings available for your special day. From budget options to more luxurious choices, we’ve covered all bases with our top fifteen wood ring picks.
Wooden wedding bands are the perfect choice for a couple searching for an inexpensive, eco-friendly, one-of-a-kind wedding ring designed with high quality workmanship.
Men’s Wood Wedding Band – Top Picks
1) Mahogany Marine Ply Wedding Band
If budget is a consideration, this is a wonderful option on our list. Made from marine plywood, this ring is light yet strong and water-resistant. A great choice for those who love a rustic look.
2) Turquoise, Deer Antler and Koa Wood Band
By Manly Bands
This exquisite handcrafted ring features rose gold inlaid with genuine turquoise, deer antler (choose light, medium or dark!) and Koa wood. Each ring is artisan crafted with its original living (organic) features so you will truly have a one-of-a-kind ring.
3) California Redwood Burl Gold Band
Iconic Redwood burl sets this ring apart from the rest. Redwoods have the largest burl in the world and can be 2300-2700 years old. Set with 14 or 18k yellow gold options, this impressive ring won’t disappoint.
4) Tennessee Whisky Barrel and Ebony Band
If you’re a friend of Jack Daniels, this might just be the ring for you! This hand-turned oak and ebony ring was cut right from Jack Daniels whiskey barrels. Dark black Gaboon ebony wood provides a striking contrast on the outer edges. Customize it to your preference with ceramic or titanium inlays.
5) Amboyna Burl Band
If you prefer more contemporary and modern design, this amboyna burl ring checks that box nicely. A gorgeous rich tone and unique grain pattern contrast with aerospace-grade titanium for a sleek look.
6) Bentwood Band
Classic and tasteful, this Bentwood ring features a rich Rosewood grain contrasted with striking black ebony. The design and materials feel perfectly understated and timeless.
7) Carbon Fiber Metallic Band
Carbon fiber meets wood in this stylish, streamlined ring. Made with curved gray wood and carbon fiber, it has a gorgeous neutral tone that is timeless and won’t lose its color.
8) Gibeon Meteorite Wedding Band
Really, what’s cooler than wearing a meteorite AND a whiskey barrel around your finger? This ring blends both materials beautifully for an industrial, contemporary feeling that will still be cool in decades to come.
9) Titanium and Wood Wedding Band
By Manly Bands
This band has a little bit of everything – titanium, deer antler, and a koa wood inlay. With neutral shades inspired by nature, this ring is a versatile and memorable choice.
10) Black Plated Tungsten and Koa Wood Band
By Manly Bands
Metal meets wood with this eye-catching tungsten wedding band. A beautiful choice for those who can’t decide between an unconventional wood ring and a traditional metal band.
11) Gibeon Meteorite and Arizona Ironwood Wedding Band
Another fine choice is this exquisite Gibeon Meteorite wedding band with Cobalt Chrome and Arizona Ironwood. Authentic textured meteorite provides a striking contrast against polished ironwood. A flat bevel top makes this ring as comfortable as it is eye-catching.
Check out more meteorite bands here.
12) Wenge Wood Wedding Band
Can’t decide between wood and metal? Why not try a ring that offers a metal look with a comfortable wood liner. This charming ring combines gold tungsten with smooth wenge wood for a classic band with an unexpected twist.
13) Turquoise Wood Root Wedding Band
Turquoise and wood root combine with titanium for a ring that will command attention. The turquoise provides a little unique pop of color for those who want something a little different from the rest.
14) Wood, Hydrangea, Mint, and Moss Band
Nature lovers out there will go crazy over this magnificent ring. Made with wood, green hydrangea, mint moss and your choice of metal setting, this ring was made to symbolize love and loyalty.
15) Alchemist Wood Band
If variety and customization are important to you, this alchemist wood ring is an excellent option. Choose from four different colors of resin-infused Manitoba Maple. Baked and permanently bonded, this ring is strong, durable and water-resistant.
Why Wood for a Wedding Band?
There a couple different reasons why one would choose to have a wooden wedding band made for your man. One, depending on what type of finish is on the ring, a wood ring in most cases is hypoallergenic. Making it a fantastic option for anyone who suffers from metal allergies.
Two, if nature plays a big part of your life along with the values of renew and recycle, than a wood ring makes a very meaningful choice.
Two Types of Wood Rings – When shopping for a wood ring you are bound to come across two different types of rings, bentwood and wood inlay.
A bent wood ring is process rather than an actual wood tyep. It is where they steam thin wood strips until soften and then slowly wrap them around a cylinder, while applying a special bonding agent.
- Bentwood rings are extremely durable. The special bonding glue that is applied helps give the ring strength and also preserves the wood.
- They are not waterproof but are highly water resistance
- They will require maintenance over time where the ring should be re-polished with the bonding agent.
- Depending on the type of wood used, bentwood rings should be able to handle a few bumps here and there and most marks can be repaired. Some woods are harder than others, but we will cover that more below.
Wood Inlay Rings
Wood inlay rings are where the wood is inlaid into a metal like titanium or tungsten. They are durable but can still break.
- From the thick resin layer, wood inlay rings are 100% waterproof.
- The only real maintenance they need is to be polished with a soft cloth.
- They can withstand everyday wear and tear a lot better than a bentwood ring.
Pros of Wooden Wedding Rings
- Eco-friendly characteristics
- They come in a variety of styles: plain wood bands, colorful inlay designs and braided patterns. They can even be set with diamonds or gemstones.
- Wood wedding rings are in most cases hypoallergenic
- No two are exactly alike
- Affordable ring choice
- Poor conductor of heat and electricity
- They can be customize and engraved
Cons of wooden wedding bands
- Bentwood rings will require special care instructions both with regards to wear and maintenance. (Long periods of being in water, exposure to creams, oils, chemicals and hard knocks should be avoided)
- They cannot be resized
The Best Woods for Wedding Rings
When choosing a wood band, the best types of hardwood to look for are oak, walnut, birch, maple, dogwood, applewood, ash, hickory, cherry, aspen, elm, poplar, and eucalyptus. Each of these woods have their own unique grain and a special meaning behind them.
If eco-friendly rings are top priority, please be aware of endangered woods like mahogany, Brazilwood, rosewood, Madagascar Ebony, Spanish Cedar, and sandalwood. If you do however fancy one of these listed, just make sure it has been collected sustainably. (ie. branches found on the forest floor.)
That wraps up our favorite picks for wooden wedding bands. Whether you are a nature lover or just looking for something a little extra special for your wedding band, wood is a fantastic material choice. It is a reminder to stay grounded and remember our roots.
Will you choose a wooden band for your wedding day? Leave us a comment and let us know!