True or False?
Wood inlays will crack and warp over time.
Answer – False.
We used to carry wood inlay rings from a manufacturer who we won’t mention. We had nightmarish problems with the wood coming apart, warping, diamonds falling out, etc. Fortunately they were covered under a lifetime warranty and customers were protected – they just had to go through the hassle and agitation of picking out a different ring and some were not very happy when this occurred!
What had happened? Basically these rings were made in China and had seams in the wood laminates. Wrong. What a bad choice we made. We learned very quickly that a less expensive ring made overseas is sometimes not worth the shipping paid to receive it!.
All of our mens bands with wood inlays are now made in the USA from uncut wood bands meaning there are no seams – so the warping and coming apart is a thing of the past. And most of our wood inlay rings (over 90% of them) are coated with a special wood protectant that makes it virtually impossible for the inlay to warp or crack – truly they are now designed to last a lifetime!
Varieties of wood inlays are limited.
Answer – False.
May we settle this with a short list of just some of the many species of trees that can be used to manufacture wood inlays:
Asian Sindora wood, Buckeye wood, Hawaiian KOA wood, Redwood, Oak, Burl wood, Box Elder, Olive wood, Black Ash, Leopardwood, Bamboo, Bloodwood, Ebony wood, Cherry, Maple, Hickory, Yellow Birch, Beech, Basswood, Cedar, Elm, Gum, Mahogany, Hemlock, Douglas-fir, Spruce, Alder, Aspen, Corkwood, Cottonwood, Dogwood, Ebony, Teak, Pink Ivory, Ironwood, Zebrawood, Hackberry … as you can see this list is fairly comprehensive and it is just a short representation of the types of woods that can be used to make exotic mens wedding bands.
And in reality you can add to this list when considering that many wood inlays can be combined with other inlays such as palladium, platinum, white and yellow gold, antler, dinosaur bone and meteorite!
Wood inlays are the most expensive inlay used to make mens bands.
Answer – False.
Some can be quite expensive – ranging into the mid $500’s when a ring is made with a pure species of wood, possibly a rare wood from a faraway island. And when combined with other materials such as platinum or gold they can range well into the thousands of dollars.
However, when compared to a band made with a platinum or palladium or even gold inlay most mens wedding bands in wood are far less than those with precious metals.
We have included a few pictures below to illustrate price points as of this writing.
K121M KOA wood inlay. $399.99 on sale.
C121M Antler Inlay. $499.99 on sale.
Witten. Platinum with diamond inlay. $1,799.99 on sale.
Antananarivo. Two-tone gold inlay. $699.99 on sale.
About the Author.
Ronald C. Johnson is the co-founder and owner of Tayloright LLC, a Utah-based corporation. Before founding the Company, Mr. Johnson earned his B.S. degree from Texas Wesleyan University and spent many years as National Director of T-Mobile USA where he co-authored the book titled: Loyal-T, the ABC’s of Creating Loyal Customers. His career has focused on sales, marketing, and training including 6 years with FranklinCovey in a sales and management capacity. He is married with five children, two grandchildren and resides in Washington, Utah.
About Tayloright LLC.
Based in St. George, Utah, Tayloright LLC, began operations in March of 2009 selling wedding rings, men’s jewelry and rock climbing holds. Currently, Tayloright LLC serves the international band marketplace shipping to countries worldwide. Their innovative products and accessories offer a fashion category that allows both men and women to enjoy eye-catching, stunning designs in alternative as well as precious metals. The Company carries products that are backed by their lifetime defect and sizing warranty. Average wedding band prices from their combined websites range between $300.00-400.00 although they also carry precious metal rings that sell into the thousands of dollars. Its premier website is www.mensweddingbands.com. To see their vast collection of precious and exotic inlay rings made in wood, antler, meteorite and dinosaur bone please see the following link … http://www.mensweddingbands.com/exotic-inlays/?sort=priceasc.