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The Story of Julie’s Wood Rings

This is Julie here, you may know me as one of the friendly email respondents (unless you’ve talked to Sara or Matthew, they’re also pretty friendly- especially when you give them snacks).

I’m here to tell you the story behind my husband and I’s wedding rings and what they mean to us, but first I will tell the story of how we met.  3

John and I met in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (via one of the online dating sites, we were both skeptical about the whole process at the time, but no longer!), while I was still in grad school earning my MFA and he had just graduated law school.  We met at a local coffee shop down by the lake and proceeded to have the best date of our lives, unable to stop talking we walked around the lake for hours and then decided to continue our date with dinner and then a movie.

Almost a year later, one MFA later, and one almost healed broken ankle later (his), we decided to move to back to Chicago where he was from.  On our one year anniversary we went out to celebrate and he surprised me by proposing down by Lake Michigan (in Chicago this time)!

When it came time to decide on what type of wedding rings we wanted I had been working at Simply Wood Rings for a while where I would ogle the wooden rings on the daily.  It seemed the obvious choice to have our rings made by Simply Wood Rings.


We wanted to use wood that was special to us from the places we came from and wood from where we met.  For the outside of the rings we choose the rosewood that we have in the shop at SWR.  The rosewood is not only amazing for how beautiful the wood is but also because it is a piece of Chicago history having been salvaged from an old Xylophone factory that shut down here in Chicago.  For the lining of our rings we used a 100 year old maple floor board that our friend salvaged from the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee after it’s renovation.

Ring boxes

Since we didn’t want to use a third wood in our rings we decided to use a piece of wood from my home state of South Carolina for our ring boxes instead.  For the boxes my parents lovingly trimmed (I’m sure with very little grumbling), a broken branch from the dogwood tree in their backyard and sent it to me.


We decided to also get my vintage engagement ring capped with the rosewood and lined with the maple to match my wedding band.

SWR Julie Doherty capped engagement ring

For my wedding band I chose a woven design with two lines that interweave around the ring.

Rosewood woven design ringFor one line I used some pearls that I inherited from my late grandmother, and for the other line I wanted a mixture of malachite, chrysocolla, and turquoise to match the emerald in my engagement ring.



Rosewood Meteorite Dinosaur Bone


For my husband’s ring he chose to have a line of meteorite and a line of dinosaur bone, if for no other reason than because those materials are just awesome.

We love our rings and I’m grateful to the talented crafts-people at Simply Wood Rings for creating something so beautiful for us!

Thank you for reading my story, I hope it inspires you to think about what meaningful materials you can use in your own ring.  What WOOD your story be?

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Wood Infinity Ring – Life without limits!

Wood Infinity Ring by Simply Wood Rings

Wood Infinity Wood Wedding Set by Simply Wood Rings

Wood Infinity Ring 

Infinity Symbol: unlimited extent of time, space, or quantity : Boundlessness

The infinity symbol spans the ages, from modern code to a snake eating its own tail.  We like to believe the Wood Infinity Ring by Simply Wood Rings points to a self that knows no limits.  A self that loves with no limits, a self that makes this life better for others is truly a life without limits.

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Shot gun, Bang!

Rosewood band with shot gun shell inlay

Rosewood band with shot gun shell inlay

Yes! It’s true! We inlayed a shot gun shell casing into a ring! Why, you ask? Our dear customer’s father was a fallen soldier. After the honorary twenty-one gun salute at his funeral, one of the casings was picked up as a remembrance.

The ring will be a surprise wedding ring for the son of the Veteran from his loving wife-to-be! How beautiful! Not only will it be a symbol of the couples commitment to each other but also, a reminder of the sacrifices we must make and the courage it takes to do so!

an ocean of love

An Ocean of Love Ring Teak with Birch liner with plastic samples (from the Pacific Ocean) and various crushed stones.

Land before Time Ring Padauk
Land before Time Ring Padauk with Dinosaur Bone and Meteorite inlay

Here at Simply Wood Rings, we’ve inlayed many interesting objects into our customer’s rings. A marine biologist studying the effects of plastic on sea life wanted to incorporate plastic into her ring! A man who believed the essence of a being is contained in the hair had us inlay his own hair in the form of a dread lock! We’ve inlayed dinosaur bone, provided stones, flowers, sand from around the world, meteorite, wood, crystals, and even glitter! The possibilities are truly endless!

Being able to provide customers with objects that are with meaning that will comfort, encourage and honor their love is an opportunity we’ll never take for granted!

View more examples of our incredible inlays at our Gallery!

 ring set

Simply Wood Rings Gallery.

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Among the Trees

Exchanging vows among the trees and flowers adds a special kind of significance to wooden wedding bands. Matt Doty shared these beautiful images of his forest wedding with us. His bride is wearing an Ancient Kauri ring with a Mother of Pearl inlay. Thanks and congratulations to you two!

Among the Trees

daisies and rings

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Congratulations Martina and Clayton!

Congratulations Martina and Clayton!

Thank you to Martina and Clayton for sending us a lovely photograph of the wooden rings we made for their wedding. Best wishes to you both! Featured on the right is our “Breaking Traditions” ring made from Koa and Birch Wood, inlaid with a mixture of crushed stones that mimic the traditional three-stone diamond ring. On the left is “Seashore’s Muse,” comprised of a Rosewood band and a Mother of Pearl Inlay.