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Ebony Bentwood Ring, Turquoise and Silver Inlay

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Ebony bentwood ring with "Sleeping Beauty" turquoise, and sterling silver inlay.
The example listed is a US size 8 1/4, and is 5mm wide.
The turquoise is recycled from another jewelry maker's leftover scraps. The mine in Arizona, where this robin's egg blue stone comes from, closed in 2012, making the raw stone even more highly sought after. I'm glad to be able to rework the small chips I've acquired.

I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions at all, feel free to message me here!



ABOUT BENTWOOD RINGS:
Each ring is handcrafted to be as unique as the person who wears it. Due to differences in wood grain, no two rings will be exactly alike.

The "Bentwood" process allows for a thinner and more durable band, do to the wood grain being layered over itself around the inner circumference, eliminating the weak points from the end grain you would find with a laminate style, or a ring carved from a block of wood.
This process drastically reduces the amount of waste involved than carving one from a solid form. With these exotic, and increasingly rare species of wood, just one thin strip of timber goes a long way.

SIZING AND WIDTH:
Head out to your local jeweler (IT'S FREE)! You know, the one with the cat that hangs out in the window...
I'd recommend getting sized by more than one jeweler, at different times of day. Our fingers change size depending on the time of day and the weather. Keep in mind that a wider band may fit differently than a thin one. If you know your preferred width when getting sized, let your jeweler know. Even better yet... if you have a ring that fits perfectly, have your jeweler measure the exact size of that one. You can let me know the size you need, or, the exact dimensions, in inches or millimeters.
Width is a matter of preference really. The wider the ring, the more beautiful wood grain you get of course. I personally prefer to rock them in a width of 7mm on my pinky. From what I gather, The most common ring size for a woman is 4mm. Some women like a wider ring, say 6mm, if being worn without an engagement ring on the ring finger. The most popular width for a man's ring under a size 9 is 6mm, above size 9 is 8 or 10mm. Some people prefer a thinner ring if they are not used to wearing one.
Regardless of the size or width, most bands end up approximately 2mm in thickness.

FUN FACT!: If you don't have a ruler handy, one U.S. nickel is close to 2mm thick. You can stack nickels to get an idea of how thick a ring might be.

FINISH AND DURABILITY:
All of the rings at Douglas and Fir are finished using multiple coats of thin CA glue and are polished to a high gloss shine.
If taken care of, your bentwood ring will last for years. The CA finish is good for a quick hand wash, but should not be worn when bathing, doing dishes, or handling abrasive chemicals (especially NAIL POLISH REMOVER) or detergents. CA is a tough acrylic finish, but use caution regarding strenuous activity that may scratch the finish. For example, I wouldn't recommend rock climbing or street fighting with your beautiful ring. Rocks will scratch your ring, and if your ring should make contact with a tooth, you may hurt someone, go to jail, or even scratch your ring. These rings are for lovers, not fighters.
Ebony bentwood ring with "Sleeping Beauty" turquoise, and sterling silver inlay.
The example listed is a US size 8 1/4, and is 5mm wide.
The turquoise is recycled from another jewelry maker's leftover scraps. The mine in Arizona, where this robin's egg blue stone comes from, closed in 2012, making the raw stone even more highly sought after. I'm glad to be able to rework the small chips I've acquired.

I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions at all, feel free to message me here!



ABOUT BENTWOOD RINGS:
Each ring is handcrafted to be as unique as the person who wears it. Due to differences in wood grain, no two rings will be exactly alike.

The "Bentwood" process allows for a thinner and more durable band, do to the wood grain being layered over itself around the inner circumference, eliminating the weak points from the end grain you would find with a laminate style, or a ring carved from a block of wood.
This process drastically reduces the amount of waste involved than carving one from a solid form. With these exotic, and increasingly rare species of wood, just one thin strip of timber goes a long way.

SIZING AND WIDTH:
Head out to your local jeweler (IT'S FREE)! You know, the one with the cat that hangs out in the window...
I'd recommend getting sized by more than one jeweler, at different times of day. Our fingers change size depending on the time of day and the weather. Keep in mind that a wider band may fit differently than a thin one. If you know your preferred width when getting sized, let your jeweler know. Even better yet... if you have a ring that fits perfectly, have your jeweler measure the exact size of that one. You can let me know the size you need, or, the exact dimensions, in inches or millimeters.
Width is a matter of preference really. The wider the ring, the more beautiful wood grain you get of course. I personally prefer to rock them in a width of 7mm on my pinky. From what I gather, The most common ring size for a woman is 4mm. Some women like a wider ring, say 6mm, if being worn without an engagement ring on the ring finger. The most popular width for a man's ring under a size 9 is 6mm, above size 9 is 8 or 10mm. Some people prefer a thinner ring if they are not used to wearing one.
Regardless of the size or width, most bands end up approximately 2mm in thickness.

FUN FACT!: If you don't have a ruler handy, one U.S. nickel is close to 2mm thick. You can stack nickels to get an idea of how thick a ring might be.

FINISH AND DURABILITY:
All of the rings at Douglas and Fir are finished using multiple coats of thin CA glue and are polished to a high gloss shine.
If taken care of, your bentwood ring will last for years. The CA finish is good for a quick hand wash, but should not be worn when bathing, doing dishes, or handling abrasive chemicals (especially NAIL POLISH REMOVER) or detergents. CA is a tough acrylic finish, but use caution regarding strenuous activity that may scratch the finish. For example, I wouldn't recommend rock climbing or street fighting with your beautiful ring. Rocks will scratch your ring, and if your ring should make contact with a tooth, you may hurt someone, go to jail, or even scratch your ring. These rings are for lovers, not fighters.

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Depending on the region, your order may take anywhere from a week to eight weeks to arrive.

Additional policies

SIZING and RESIZING:

I recommend that you get your finger sized by a jeweler (it's free), more than once. Our fingers change size depending on the time of day and the weather. Keep in mind that a wider band will fit differently than a smaller band, let your jeweler know the width of the ring you prefer when getting sized.

In order to help me do my job, your job is to know your correct size when ordering. Mistakes do happen though. I am able to resize most rings up or down by 1/4 of a U.S. ring size. The buyer will be responsible for shipping costs both ways, and a $20.00 resizing fee.

DURABILITY and CARE:

Bentwood rings are so strong, it takes a vice to break one.
The finish is pretty much waterproof. They are okay for a quick hand wash, but I would recommend taking them off when showering, washing dishes, and swimming.
Also, to further protect the finish (which is very durable to begin with), I would recommend removing your ring before certain strenuous activities. Obviously, if you were to wear a metal ring rock climbing, you would scratch the surface. Just remember to treat your wood ring with the same caution you would any precious piece of jewelry.
I recommend staying away from harsh chemicals, especially NAIL POLISH REMOVER! It will eat right through the finish of the ring.
*For the record, I've seen my sweetie pick up a rock and use it as a hammer while wearing her ring. Please don't do that. It got scratched up a little, and continues to hold up fine, but just don't.



SIZING and RESIZING:

I recommend that you get your finger sized by a jeweler (it's free), more than once. Our fingers change size depending on the time of day and the weather. Keep in mind that a wider band will fit differently than a smaller band, let your jeweler know the width of the ring you prefer when getting sized.

In order to help me do my job, your job is to know your correct size when ordering. Mistakes do happen though. I am able to resize most rings up or down by 1/4 of a U.S. ring size. The buyer will be responsible for shipping costs both ways, and a $20.00 resizing fee.

DURABILITY and CARE:

Bentwood rings are so strong, it takes a vice to break one.
The finish is pretty much waterproof. They are okay for a quick hand wash, but I would recommend taking them off when showering, washing dishes, and swimming.
Also, to further protect the finish (which is very durable to begin with), I would recommend removing your ring before certain strenuous activities. Obviously, if you were to wear a metal ring rock climbing, you would scratch the surface. Just remember to treat your wood ring with the same caution you would any precious piece of jewelry.
I recommend staying away from harsh chemicals, especially NAIL POLISH REMOVER! It will eat right through the finish of the ring.
*For the record, I've seen my sweetie pick up a rock and use it as a hammer while wearing her ring. Please don't do that. It got scratched up a little, and continues to hold up fine, but just don't.



Ebony Bentwood Ring, Turquoise and Silver Inlay

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