A very large number of the rings we produce here at Eco Wood Rings are bespoke and as such, more often than not, have wonderfully feel-good stories or meanings behind them. Mandy & Jonathan’s rings are no exception. There are several things which make their story so special, and we think that your hearts will be fit to burst when you hear all about their engagement, their very personal ring design choices and their memorably unique big day!
A Countdown to a Life of Less Single-Use Plastic
Here at Eco Wood Rings, we are a team of conscious thinkers. We strive to live our lives in the most practical and ecologically efficient ways we can. We are always open to new ideas and ways in which to embrace and implement practical lifestyle changes where and when we can in our day to day lives. Our focus and drive being to look after our planet not only for ourselves but for the generations to come.
Hidden Gems for Lovers
Lockdown is lifting and we are on the move again. We might not be getting abroad this summer, but there are so many romantic spots right here in the UK… You just need to know where to find them! One of the things that we missed most when we were all staying home was travelling. Nothing beats exploring a new place, especially if you can do it with one you love. There is something incredibly romantic about embarking on an adventure with that special someone and building new memories together.
Happy Pride Month
This is the month where the world acknowledges the progress made for LGBTQ+ rights – and also how far there is still left to go. Here at Eco Wood Rings, it’s hard for us to understand why it took until 2013 for same-sex couples to be allowed to marry in the UK – or that in many countries this is still far from possible. We believe people should be free to love and marry whoever they wish, regardless of gender – this is really a no-brainer! Love makes the world a better and more beautiful place, whatever form it takes. Just read Iain and Henry’s incredibly sweet and romantic proposal story – their love for each other can’t help but make you smile.
Birthstone Jewellery from Eco Wood Rings
Our Eco Wood Rings are already a deeply meaningful gift. Now you have the chance to personalise your ring even further, by adding your birthstone or the birthstone of your loved one to the setting. Do you know your birthstone? The tradition of each month of the year being associated with a birthstone is believed to go back as far as the Bible. These special stones are also associated with the signs of the zodiac. Nowadays, many people will wear their birthstone set into a piece of jewellery. Each birthstone is said to represent different qualities and protective elements and each one is just as lovely as the next. Let’s take a look at each of the birthstones and what they look like in some of our beautiful Eco Wood Rings, each of which has been specially commissioned and designed by our clients.
A Look at Carbon Capture
Since Steve and Laura spent a magical time living in Australia as newlyweds, it is very much a part of the lifeblood and free spirit behind Eco Wood Rings; so it seemed natural that a collection be created in honour of this vibrant country, showcasing some of its truly unique woods.
The Australian Connection
Here at Eco Wood Rings, we have a special place in our hearts for the land Down Under. We have been waiting for almost four years and we are delighted to share, at last, the magic of Australia with you! Australia: Our home away from home We’re acutely aware that perceptions of Australia are often mostly formed by obsessive viewing of Neighbours or Home and Away in misspent youth. We Brits imagine it to be the land of permanent sunshine, where everybody surfs and barbecues shrimp at the beach, a world far, far away from British drizzle and Sunday roasts.
The Importance of Circular Economy
The idea of a ‘circular economy’ ties in so perfectly with the ideals of sustainability and environmental preservation that we pride ourselves on here at Eco Wood Rings. It may sound rather scientific and complicated, but a circular economy simply refers to a mode of production and consumption which works to reduce waste and extend the lifespan of everyday products. In practice, this involves recycling instead of waste disposal and materials are kept within the economy for as long as possible, ensuring that the world’s precious (and finite) natural materials and energy are preserved.
Why Choosing a Handmade Wedding Ring is Good for the World?
We’ve all been there. It’s time to buy something new for the house or for yourself, whether it’s plates, a new sofa or a pair of beautiful shoes. These days we might pull out our digital device and begin a search of our favourite online stores. But how can you settle on which shoes to buy when there is just so much available? How can you differentiate between the high quality products and the products which won’t last (which, let’s face it, may well have been produced in the same factory)? And - this is the really big question - do we really need to buy more stuff in the first place?
Why Choosing a Handmade Wedding Ring is Good for the World
When you consider the fact that every single thing we have ever owned still exists somewhere on this planet, most likely in landfill, how can we make sure that we are consuming conscientiously? This is not an easy task... The idea of conscious consumerism has been gaining traction over the past few years. It goes beyond simply wishing to rid oneself of stuff, although this is, of course, an added bonus of the process.
Why is Sustainable Living Important?
Here at Eco Wood Rings we are all about sustainability and preserving our cherished planet. Although sustainable living cannot be achieved overnight, we hope to inspire you to make small daily changes that go far in terms of halting climate change and environmental destruction. A healthy planet may seem an insurmountable goal, but don’t fear, if we work towards change collectively, we can conserve nature’s infinite beauty and future generations can enjoy tranquil woodland walks for centuries to come!
Ethical Wedding Bands
What are your favourite wedding traditions? Everyone has them, whether it’s wearing something old, new, borrowed and blue, or the champagne toasts to the newlyweds. Here at Eco Wood Rings, our favourite wedding traditions are the meaningful ones, wherever in the world they originate. In the Philippines, after the wedding ceremony, the happy couple release two white doves, a symbol of their joyous life to come. Welsh grooms traditionally carved lovespoons for their brides, decorated with the keys to their hearts. In Mexico, the couple don a “lazo” over their shoulders, shaped like an eight for infinity. What could be more special than these traditions which show a couple’s love?
How to propose without knowing your partner's ring size
It’s an age-old tradition which has had heads scratching for generations – how to choose an engagement ring without knowing your partner’s ring size! You want the proposal to be a surprise, but how do you do that without giving the game away? It’s something we’re often asked about here at eco wood rings. Why does something, that we hope will be a once-in-a -lifetime experience, have to be so complicated and risky?! Talk about adding pressure to what can already be a nerve-wracking occasion for some!
Proposing during Lockdown
Romeo and Juliet may have had to contend with feuding families, but I wonder what they would have made of the current pandemic and the impact on our day-to-day lives that comes with it? With elopement temporarily off the cards… would they have been more or less resilient than couples that are in love these days? Would they be proposing during lockdown?! Read more ... Ring Photo - Rosewood rings with inlays of lemon seed, sand & red glass. Image Credit: @cristinarossiphotography
eco wood rings - A very sweet proposal indeed
A very sweet proposal indeed... One of the trickiest aspects of choosing an engagement ring is knowing what size the ring should be, without giving the game away. That, coupled with a desire to end up with the perfect materials and design for one's intended, leads some of our customers to propose in wonderfully creative ways, using some very novel 'place holder' rings before coming to us to work on the 'forever' ring together.
A Moment Captured – Charles & Gabby’s First Dance
If you’ve been following us for some time then you probably already know how much we LOVE it in when couples come to us with simple yet ground breaking ideas for their wood rings. Most of the many photos in our gallery are the product of our customers’ imaginations, working with us to realise their ideas into engagement and wedding rings that are truly unique to them. We’ve always said that imagination is the only limit with our ring designs, with almost every material out there being suitable for inlaying inside them. Well, it seems that Gabby and Charles had no shortage of that when they asked us whether we could help encapsulate the song they had chosen for their first dance – You are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne – into a one-of-a-kind wood ring for Charles.
Emma and Rick's wedding rings might look different at first glance, but they do in fact share many connections, all with particular significance to them and their story thus far. Emma's ring includes wood from the front door of their first house together along with threads from the thread ring that Rick used to propose with. Rick's ring includes some hairs from their dog Fenn, who played a key part during the wedding, arriving with the bridesmaids and carrying and distributing the confetti for the guests. Read more...
A Clifftop Proposal in Peru
We were thrilled when Orla and Rob approached us about creating a bent wood engagement ring for them. Many of the designs we create capture a feeling, a place or even a particular moment for our customers. Rob and Orla’s design captures all three! Read on to hear about their romantic and beautiful story – and the exquisite ring it inspired. Read more . . .
Iain & Henry's Story - Romance, Gin and a Monocled Cat
Iain and Henry have so much in common: a love of Harry Potter, the National Trust, nature and animals – and yet it was through technology and the kindness of a friend that they actually met. When a friend set up a dating app on Iain’s phone one night, the party they were at just happened to be in Henry’s neighbourhood – otherwise, Henry’s profile would never have come up. The two connected, started chatting, and eventually met on a first date at the Bletchingley Arms in Surrey. Read more . . .
Victoria & Mark's Ring Story
A selection of inspirational stories narrated through testimonials by our customers. We are continually bowled over by the beautiful stories our customers tell us about the inspiration behind their ring designs, their lovely proposals stories and the details of their wonderful wedding celebrations. Rather than keep all that love and creativity to ourselves we wanted to share them on the blog so you and other couples can take inspiration too.
Make Your Wedding As Unique As You
The wonderful thing about planning your wedding day is how you get to tell your own unique story. From the rings you choose to the music you play, every little detail can hold a special meaning and reflect what you hold dear to your heart. For many of the couples we speak to, this includes a deep love of nature, and a wish to express this through making conscious, sustainable choices. If you’re wondering just how to bring sustainability into your own wedding, here are a few visual ideas to inspire you. Read more ...
Beer Cask Wood Ring
Helping couples capture memories that they can wear for a lifetime is what we do best at Ecowoodrings and every project is an absolute pleasure. For his wedding ring Matt chose a titanium band of his own design and describes why it meant so much to him. Read more . . . “I chose a piece of beer cask wood from Hook Norton Brewery for my inlay. I wanted to use something that meant something to me personally, as well as showing a bit of my own personality and interests through it. My mother's Grandad used to work at the Hook Norton Brewery (there is even a picture of him on one of their recent promotional beer mats).
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How to stay true to what's really important on your wedding day.
Before you start looking at anything online, ask yourself this…If you could wave a magic wand and have anything happen on your day what would it be? Figures from the close of the 2016 wedding season put the average cost of the UK wedding at £27,000 and that rises to £38,000 in London. Website Bridebook looked at 20,000 UK weddings and found 4% of those held in the south-east of England cost more than £100,000. With price tags like these, it seems the popularity of social media is creating an ever increasing pressure to put on picture perfect weddings worthy of pinterest and instagram feeds worldwide...
Proposing at Christmas
Days filled with festive sparkle, long winter nights cosied up beside the fire… Proposing at Christmas can be an incredibly romantic time. If you’re planning to pop the question to your loved one, the festive season can be a magical backdrop for your special moment. So, how do you make your proposal truly special? Here are just a few ideas to inspire you. Read more ...
An Alpine Love Story...
Sometimes a proposal is a beautiful spur of the moment thing. The perfect setting, the perfect partner, the stars align, everything is in place except the little matter of the engagement ring. What can you do? This was the dilemma one of our lovely customers recently found himself in whilst on holiday with his then girlfriend in the Alps. He decided to spontaneously propose whilst out on a walk in the hills with nothing to hand but the flowers of the field. Well there was nothing else for it, this enchanted and creative groom-to-be fashioned a near perfect engagement ring from an Alpine Bluebell. Read more . . .
Slow Down and Savour
There is so much vying for our time and attention in the festive season things can get just a little hectic don’t you think? So we thought we’d offer a little escape from the throngs of shoppers and the pre Christmas hustle. Here are a few suggestions for those of you who might be craving time away and want to carve out some time for a little romance, a little Hygge and an appreciation for what the winter season can offer. Read more...
The Idea of Carbon Capture
Poised as we are to launch our Australian wood ring collection, we recently began looking for ways that Eco Wood Rings can responsibly counterbalance its carbon footprint in getting wood rings to customers across the globe. Since Steve and Laura spent a magical time living in Australia as newlyweds, it is very much a part of the lifeblood and free spirit behind Eco Wood Rings; so it seemed natural that a collection be created in honour of this vibrant country, showcasing some of its truly unique woods.