Is there any noticeable, physical difference in any of these wooden rings? Moreover, are any of them a better choice for a wedding ring that will be worn daily? (Links and more wooden ring info than you ever wanted inside)
So, this is 'getting prepared for a wedding' question number 8-gazillion for me and yet again I'm turning to fellow mefites for advice and information.
I think I've finally come to the conclusion that I want to go with a wooden ring for my wedding band instead of the other options I was considering (namely titainum, tungsten, unique, vintage, etc). After a few days of perusing what the internet has to offer regarding makers/methods/materials and I've found an Etsy shop that has a few items that I think look really nice.
The remaining contenders are number 1
, number 2
, number 3
, and number 4
[in no particular order].
For reference, I'm a younger male with a ~size 11 ring finger. Daily work is in an office setting but I do most of the handywork around our townhouse/small yard and am not afraid or uncomfortable picking up a shovel, handsaw, axe, ratchet, or tire iron. I would likely remember to take the ring off when doing the heavier types of work since I tend to take very good care of my important things. I don't mind taking the ring off when swimming or going fishing, blah blah, etc, etc. I would likely sleep with it on.
Specific questions follow:
1) These rings all appear to be made using the bentwood
method, whereby several layers of veneer are used
to make a stronger ring. I'm ok with this and the rings I've listed have a nice curb appeal to them but are there any caveats I may be missing by going with this type of ring?
2) I like the idea of lignum vitae
(as advertised in #3 and #4) for it's heft and strength but I just don't know how evident that will be in a ring. My dad's experience in industrial maintenance also puts an added cool factor since I've seen massive 40 year old lignum vitae ball-bearings in real life. Are one of those two better/heavier/stronger than the other?
3) They all seem to be finished with by using superglue or cyanoacrylate. My research seems to show good results
from people using this method. I'm sad to lose out on the 'feel' of the wood that a wax or oil coating would allow for but it seems like the wood's grain 'pops' better and that it is much more resiliant to water damage. Can anyone comment as to how much of a PITA a non-cyanoacrylate ring would be to have/maintain?
4) As in question 3, how will the finish hold up over time? I don't mind polishing things up with some fine fine fine fine grit sandpaper every year or so, but wouldn't enjoy doing it every other week.
5) One material/look better than the others? How narrow/wide/thick/thin should I go? I haven't really considered these aspects at all.
Thanks all, looking forward to your responses.