In honor of Earth Day, from April 1st to the 22nd (that's Earth Day, folks), we are donating 10% of the price of your order to an environmental charity of your choice.* If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions let us know on our Facebook, Instagram, or via email.
*For now, we're focusing on the following four organizations:
Environmental Defense Fund
The Environmental Defense Fund, or EDF, works on policy reform and corporate responsibility to do the following : provide clean air by driving down our collective exposure to pollutants and toxic chemicals; increase agricultural resiliency by creating economic demand for sustainable and climate-adaptive farming, ranching, and water efficiency programs; expanding sustainable fishing worldwide; and, finding solutions that will have the biggest impact on the clean energy market in the United States.
You can read more about the EDF on their website at : https://www.edf.org/what-we-do?_ga=1.49692068.362234321.1490024081
The Sierra Club Foundation
The Sierra Club Foundation attempts to find climate solutions and continues the legacy of conservation in the United States. The Sierra Club defends against coal and clears the way for clean, renewable energy solutions (solar and wind). They also protect America’s wild places and the beauty, escape, clean water, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities they provide by keeping fossil fuels in the ground and attempting to secure permanent protection for national treasures. The Sierra Club also offers a Military Outdoors program that successfully works to bring over 50,000 service members, veterans, and their families outside. This program increases physical activity, outdoor recreation, and education that improves academic performance, reduces stress and anxiety, and mitigates the effects of PTSD and traumatic brain injury in the military veterans returning from active service. The Sierra Club currently funds The Great Outdoors Lab — a groundbreaking research study documenting the biological and emotional effects of spending time outdoors.
Read about the Sierra Club’s initiatives here : http://www.sierraclubfoundation.org/what-we-fund/mission-outdoors
You may have heard this Charity Navigator 4-star-rated Earthjustice PSAs on the radio or while listening to a podcast. Their slogan is “Because the Earth needs a good lawyer.” Earthjustice works on a variety of projects, some of these include: protecting endangered species such as wolves; preserving rich, sustainable and diverse heritage of the arctic regions, the ocean ecosystem, America’s wild lands, and wildlife; promoting healthy communities by fighting for clean air, water, and agricultural practices; championing clean energy systems, mitigating the effects of climate change, and reducing reliance on coal and oil and gas drilling.
Read about where your money goes here : http://earthjustice.org/your-donation-at-work
National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
The NRDC was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement. Their dedicated staff works in more than a dozen program areas such as: the Center for Market Innovation; climate and clean air; land and wildlife; oceans; environmental justice; food and agriculture; health and environment; water; urban solutions; and energy and transportation. Like Earthjustice, the NDRC is fully transparent with their finances and gets the highest accolades from charity rating organizations such as Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau. The NDRC experts utilize data and science to unearth the root causes of problems that confront us all. They then use this information to create transformative solutions and policies.
Read about this organization, in-depth here : https://www.nrdc.org/work
Earth day initiative. Earth Day donation by Simply Wood Rings. Jewelry business donation, Chicago.
This matching engagement sense is classic and romantic, with a twist: moissanite, gold, rosewood, and birch. The wood burning says it all: “completely & utterly” “beyond all sense & reason.” Swoon!
This is partnership in a ring set, distilled into handmade beauty. We wish our clients the best!
Want to make a romantic talisman of your own? Head to the Commission page to get started.
What do all of the following things have in common?
via Garden of Eden
They’re all made of walnut!
We love the Nuts About You ring for its monomaterial elegance: the wood is walnut, the inlay is crushed walnut.
Walnut is — as we 21st century eaters know — FULL of Omega-3s and healthy fats, protein and a great woody umami taste. It’s also known for focus, energy, and strength. Its scientific name — juglans — translates to “tree of Jupiter,” the Roman god of the sky, (Zeus, for you Greek myth nerdlets out there). It’s a plant which unites pragmatic functionality and heroic strength.
Convinced as we are? Head on over to the shop to get one on your functional, strong little finger.
We’re so excited to be a part of the 1st Chicago NotWedding, “a bridal show in the form of a big fake wedding” for couples planning to say “I Do!” The fab to-do is next Thursday, but the amazing Megan Saul did a Save The Date shoot with Ashley and Brian, the NotWedding already-married couple. (All the photos below are Megan’s, save the ring and studio shots.)The Bread and Butterfly made Ashley’s beautiful floral headpiece, and Chykalophia the sweet printed cards below.
And us? We made Ashley’s engagement ring!
Here it is up close! The concept for the wedding is “black tie,” and so we wanted to design a ring that united a crisp, modern, glamorous look with our warm natural aesthetic.
For the NotWedding engagement ring, we used salvaged juniper, crushed lava rock, white holly and gold leaf.
We can’t wait for the event, and to show you the wedding bands to match. For more information, check out the NotWedding site.
Like this ring? Want something like it? Head over to the Custom Rings page!
In 1872 Ferdinand J. Herpers patented the prong setting for the Tiffany Company, who had introduced it as the “Tiffany Setting” in 1886.
It is an embrace of a setting, the prongs used in a similar way to how we use the fingers of our hands.
At SWR, we’re always amazed at how different one prong-set ring looks from another. Recently, we’ve moved away from a simple pin-mounted setting. We like to use a prong setting laser-welded to a metal ring inlay. as you’ll see below. We find they’re stronger that way, and quite striking.
rosewood, garnet, patina’d gold<
walnut, client-provided raw diamond
dark bogwood, moissanite, mother of pearl inlay
rosewood, topaz, opal inlay
rosewood and steel, moissanite
Interested in your own prong set wood ring? Get started by filling out our Custom Ring form!
There’s something about this ring that reminds us of the magical, the mythical, the fairy tale, the legendary. It’s a ring that unlocks, that graces a hero, that signifies unseen strength and depth.
It reminds us of the feeling you get in your chest, the embrace and tension, right before doing good: committing acts of kindness, making other peoples’ lives better in some small or large way. It’s the enjoyment of humanity and the collective.
Yes, we admit it. We are total and utter Romantic ring nerds. And we’re proud.
Want to be a ring nerd? Discover your magic in the shop!
We love A Practical Wedding. It’s a down-to-earth and beautifully designed site to share wedding and commitment ceremonies, get ideas, discover how-to’s, and find cool vendors.
Because of this, we couldn’t be more pleased to be listed in their Sane Vendors Directory!
Check us out, and take a look at all the other wonderful vendors they showcase!
No one ever wants glitter.
We wish someone would!
Or perhaps ground pyrite (fool’s gold), shimmering under the finish as it would in the fast currents of the creek.
Fool’s gold itself (image by Didier Descouens, via Wikipedia
At the studio, one of us remembers discovering a chunk of pyrite during a creek walk at Pilgrim Hills. She was five at the time, and only beginning to understand the idea of currency. Fishing it up from the sandy bottom, she hollered: “We’re rich!” Like Scrooge McDuck or Donald Trump. Her mother giggled a bit, had to explain as they walked home that though the rock was beautiful, it wasn’t gold. Their bank balance would remain the same. They would have to skip a lazy backstroke through a room-sized vault of doubloons. They watched a whitetail deer mince along the treeline. “But it’s still really beautiful,” her mother said. “You should keep it on your windowsill where it’ll reflect the light.”
At Simply Wood Rings, we work with this kind of beauty: the natural, the authentic. Sure: money helps us all live in our contemporary lives, but natural beauty feeds a different part. This is why we love doing what we do. We’re not only spellbound but inspired by our materials, their past lives, their journeys. They reflect our own evolutions as people on a planet full of uncountable types and forms of beauties.
Seashore’s Muse: Rosewood and Mother of Pearl
Consider: that we want our rings to call attention to this kind of natural wealth.
Consider: that for us, they do.
Be it glitter or pyrite or fossil or ancient woods.
Wishing you some beauty today, wherever you may find it.