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In Stock’s Rock!

We have some beautiful, unique, and already available rings in stock! Wedding season has officially begun, and the inquiries are flying in for unique wooden wedding rings. We handcraft every ring, and intentionally choose materials and designs that go well together. It takes time to be so precise as we pour love into each ring we make! That’s why we like to make “in stock” rings in our free time. So when customers come to us with their wedding only a couple weeks off,* we usually have a few unique rings to show them in their size. We understand that wedding planning can get hectic, but the ring is the strongest symbol of your love. Don’t get caught last minute without a ring!

Check out what rings are available in your size for immediate delivery:  here

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koa saltstone< bamboo birch

*Rings typically take 6-8 weeks to handcraft. simplywoodrings.com

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Gustav featured in Metalsmith Magazine

Gustav Reyes was honored to be featured in the June issue of Metalsmith Magazine. Metal working is an ancient form of creating jewelry and a time honored tradition. Having Gustav and Simply Wood Rings featured in Metalsmith is a testament to how far green wedding design has come in jewelry. There is now more acceptance of this niche market in traditional mediums. The young people are driving the trends of this country, and to see our niche become more popular is reassuring of the values of the up and coming.

Metalsmith magazine highlights Gustav’s modernist approach and ethical sensibility in an in-depth profile by Andrea DiNoto.

This article was first published in Metalsmith, the art journal from the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the association for artists, jewelers, designers and metalsmiths. www.snagmetalsmith.org

Read the full article!

Metal smith Cover

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How to Propose

How to Propose: Tips and Advice from an Expert
by Sarah Pease, The Proposal Planner

“Will you marry me?” is one of the most important questions you’ll ask or be asked in your life. As an expert in planning dream marriage proposals, I’ve found that there are a few basic do’s and don’ts that apply to any marriage proposal. Whether your proposal is here in Chicago or around the world, follow these top engagement tips to have your perfect marriage proposal:

  • DO have a ring. It seems like a no brainer, but these days many couples are shopping for the engagement ring together. If you’re a traditionalist and don’t want to ruin the surprise by taking her shopping before the proposal, propose with a placeholder ring such as a toy or candy ring and enjoy picking out her engagement ring together after she says yes!
  • DO make it personal. Think about what she likes before popping the question. Asking her to marry you in the middle of a trapeze lesson isn’t so romantic if she’s afraid of heights! Personalize the ring by incorporating pieces of each other into it, for example, by designing the ring from meaningful materials.
  • DO document it. Proposing at home? Set up your computer’s webcam to secretly record your proposal. Have a friend with an iPhone or a Flipcam? Have him film your proposal paparazzi-style. Or, splurge on a professional photographer and/or videographer to capture the moment to share with friends & family at your engagement party.
  • DON’T tell everyone beforehand. It’s tempting to share the finer details of your proposal with your friends and family before you pop the question. But, resist this temptation! The more people you tell, the more likely it is that word will get back to her and ruin your surprise.
  • DON’T forget the aftermath. If you propose on a Thursday morning before work, she’ll have to run out the door to get to her early meeting and you won’t be able to bask in the glow of being engaged. Or, if you pop the question in Bora Bora and you have no international cell phone plan, you won’t be able to share the news without spending big bucks on phone bills. Think ahead and ensure that you have time to enjoy your first few moments of being engaged.

Sarah Pease, The Proposal Planner ™ is the foremost expert on marriage proposals and is the pioneer of Marriage Proposal Planning. Sarah is the founder of Brilliant Event Planning and Proposal Ideas, and has designed and produced dream engagements for countless lucky couples from across the world.

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Sacred Symbolism in Natural Materials

While we offer designs on the website that we find people respond well to, we are often commissioned to create rings that are very specific to the people we make them for. Creating custom rings has yielded some beautiful results that we are proud to send as wedding rings, engagement rings, anniversary rings, and promise rings. These are obviously very significant occasions that people mark with the exchange of rings. We are happy to be a part of this creation process, as we work with customers to finalize the specifics of designs, while the customer sometimes gathers the wood or other materials like sand and stone, to incorporate into the ring.

The materials that we put around our finger should resonate with us. As wood holds within it its past life, the energy it took to grow is still present within its every fiber. And the wood ring wrapped around your finger is representing that energy and that growth. 

They can symbolize the importance of place:
african turquoise

Wood from Uganda and Paraguay
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Stones and Seashells from Guernsey Island near France

The design can hold spiritual significance:
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Sand inlaid in the sign of the cross.

The design can symbolize the past, present, and future:
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Copper penny inlaid in supplied wood.

If interested in commissioning your own set of rings, please email us at craftsman@simplywoodrings.com. Please keep in mind that it takes a little more time to put together the design, gather the materials, and create the rings with the utmost care and attention. simplywoodrings.com

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The Brilliance of Moissanite

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What is moissanite, you may ask?

Moissanite is a cost-effective, Eco-friendly alternative to diamonds. As an Eco-conscious company, Simply Wood Rings is proud to offer a conflict-free alternative in our engagement ring designs.

The warmth of wood with the brilliance of moissanite is a striking combination.

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Moissanite has a higher brilliance than diamonds. When showing off your engagement ring, why not be more sparkly?

Check out some of our designs at simplywoodrings.com.

If interested in a custom designed engagement ring, please email us at craftsman@simplywoodrings.com.

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If we had a nickel…

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If SWR had a nickel for every email we’ve sent… we’d be RICH!

We are in the process of re-vamping our website including migrating our email service and today we realized we’ve had 44,000 correspondences! Say ‘I’m awesome!’ if you’ve exchanged an email with SWR!

Keep them coming! We love our customers!

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Salvaged Rose Wood Ring

Salvaged Rose Wood Ring

The rosewood that we incorporate into our wood rings was salvaged from a local Chicago man who had barrels of it in his garage. He had worked for a company that made xylophones out of rosewood. The thing about making xylophones is that you have to cut the wood to the right dimensions, then test it to see if it will make the proper note it was intended to make. If it didn’t make the right note, the wood was scrapped. This particular gentleman couldn’t stand to see such a beautiful wood tossed into the trash. So he took it home, and it sat very well preserved in his garage until Gustav bought it from him. Rosewood is now an endangered species. Other folks can’t buy this rosewood anywhere. This rarity is what makes people want it even more, let alone the fact that it is a gorgeous, rich-hued wood. We still have these materials that have already been harvested from the earth, and are now disregarded as scraps, ready to be tossed in landfills. Instead of looking for new shiny materials, or trees to cut down fresh, we want to face forward. We can draw out the beauty of this wood that was saved from the landfills. Rosewood has been harvested to near extinction. All we have is what we’ve salvaged from other people’s harvests, and we are able to take this unwanted material, and give it the status of precious, rare, sought after.

This rosewood will one day find its way back to the earth; we hope to give it a noble life until then.

Rose Wood Ring fretboard

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Simply Wood Rings in Garth Johnson new book

Simply Wood Rings is in Garth Johnsons new book due out this November. If you are interested in having your very own copy you can reserve yours here. Garth also maintains a blog called Extreme Craft which is a must see. Oh wait this guy also does this amazing pottery check it out at wondabread.com. Where he gets the time I don’t know, but I would like to thank him for highlighting my work.

Garth Johnson

“Artists and crafters have always been recyclers, but for many, it has not only become a thrifty choice, it has become a moral imperative. 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse contains a cutting edge collection of the most inventive work being made with re-used, upcycled, and already existing materials. The work in this book ranges from clever and humble personal accessories to unique and important large-scale works of art, including paper art, fashion, jewelry, housewares, interiors, and installations.”

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What Knot to Wear – Wood Bracelet

I learned at a very young age what wood could do, and my new work is not it. I am excited to introduce a new limited-edition piece that has kept me busy for the last couple of weeks. This piece is very simple in design, but for me it holds wondrous promise, promise in the way a young boy learns what can be done by working with wood, promise in the way it is

constructed. Each of my new bracelets are hand-crafted in an eco-friendly way with 80% less waste than the traditional method of wooden bracelet construction. Each piece will be signed and numbered.

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