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Gustav Wood Rings Durability and Wooden Wedding Ring Care

What makes our wood rings more durable?

Artist-owner Gustav Reyes, has worked hard to develop a construction process that is both cutting-edge and accessible and ecofriendly. It comes directly from the combination of education (at the Art Institute of Chicago), experience (a lifetime of woodworking), and his own environmental awareness.

We use a single piece of wood to create the band of the ring, so that the structure follows an uninterrupted, single-direction grain. Then it’s reinforced with an industrial strength adhesive which is nontoxic, totally inert, and has no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

Our wood rings can only be made one at a time, by an artisan’s hand. We don't use metal to reinforce the wood. The wood in each ring is manipulated only to the extent that it is capable of being manipulated; its integrity is never compromised. The process works with nature’s engineering, and not against it.

Why are wood rings different?

Our rings are designed by an artist who cares about the environment, made and supported by other creatives who care so much about what they do. It’s our mission to source materials and do business in an ethical manner in every way we can, like using lumber sourced from Horigan Urban Forestry, and using a green hosting service for our website.

How do I care for a Gustav Wood Ring?

We would be doing our clients a disservice to claim our work is as durable as traditional metal rings, but we can say that our wooden rings are much stronger than you might think, especially compared to rings made by traditional methods of wooden ring construction. Breaking and splintering rings are not common when properly maintained.

Because our rings are made of an organic material--something that once lived and breathed as a tree--they do request a special kind of awareness. They require more maintenance than a conventional ring, but far less than, say, a houseplant.

How does the finish work?

Every wood ring is covered with a transparent, waterproof finish that is safe for daily skin contact and protects the wood from water and harsh or abrasive substances and surfaces. Maintaining the finish is essential to the ring’s good condition. If the finish is compromised, moisture can creep in, creating damage from the inside, out. When the finish is maintained, our rings can last for many years.

Can I get my wood ring refinished?

Of course! It’s totally normal for the finish to sustain wear over time. For this reason, we offer free re-finishes for the lifetime of your ring; we ask only that you pay shipping costs. We recommend that the rings be refinished annually.

What can I do to extend the good condition of my wood ring?


  • exposure to abrasive surfaces and substances, including sand and powder detergent,
  • exposure to harsh chemicals,
  • over-frequent washing and drying,
  • extended submersion in water (try to remember to take off your ring during dishwashing, showering, and swimming),
  • rough treatment, (lifting weights, operating heavy machinery, etc.)

Is there anything else I can do to protect my wood ring?

Unfinished, or “natural” rings require an occasional rub of mineral oil. We also offer a ring balm made from beeswax and an all-natural conditioner. You may want to use the ring balm on your finished ring when the finish has started to break down, as extra protection against moisture. We can easily remove the wax before its next refinishing.

Take care not to put anything else onto your ring, because the chemicals may harm the finish and compromise the wood.

What's your plan for broken or badly damaged rings?

In our quest to be ethical, and to keep our small business afloat, we ask that you let us know if your ring is broken or damaged as a result of “freak accident” or “I shouldn't have been doing that.” Click here to see our tiered repair options.