Cobalt and Beetle Kill Pine wooden ring by Steven Wyatt

 

This Cobalt Wooden Ring is SOLD

Beetle kill pine is fascinating stuff, unless, I suppose, you live in a heavily affected area..... The proliferation of the Mountain Pine beetle has resulted in the loss of millions of acres of pine forest.  While typically beetle infestation affects only old, weak trees, in recent years even healthy young pines have been destroyed by the epidemic.  The blue staining is the remnant of a certain fungus carried by the beetle.  The coloration does not affect the strength of the wooden ring, and it is therefore fairly sought after.  
The outer portion of this ring is made of Cobalt - the most scratch resistant and shatterproof material I offer. Like titanium it is hypoallergenic and biocompatible. However, in many circumstances under which your Titanium ring might scratch, Cobalt will not. It is an alloy that is identical to Platinum in color, but it is an order of magnitude stronger. Cobalt wooden rings offer nearly the scratch resistance of Tungsten Carbide, but unlike Tungsten, Cobalt wood rings will not shatter if dropped. 
Why is this wooden ring not in regular production?  First, pine is fairly soft stuff and I prefer to work with hardwoods for convenience.  Second, isolating a nice piece with a knot as in this ring is time consuming.
This wood ring is 
 
Size 9
7mm
Satin
Domed
$365

 

Black Zirconium and Kingwood Burl Wood Ring by Steven Wyatt

This Rosewood Wood Ring is SOLD

The wood in this ring is Brazilian Kingwood, so named for its popularity and use among French royalty, is a true rosewood, like cocobolo, blackwood, and tulipwood. It is used extensively in fine furniture and expensive turnings. The stock I use in my rings is gorgeous, with an almost gem-like depth. It has a reddish, violet hue.  It makes for a strong wood ring. 
The metal in this listing is Black Zirconium-- Zirconium that is heat treated until it attains a very hard, durable black coating. The naturally silver colored metal is placed in a kiln at very high temperatures until the extreme heat causes oxidization. The oxidization layer is as hard as sapphire. Just for full disclosure - the metal portion of this wood ring really is a very dark grey. I just don't want anyone to be disappointed.
Why is this wood ring not in regular production?  Kingwood burl is impossible to acquire.  No, really. I invite you to try.  The only way to get it is to buy kingwood and be lucky enough to accidentally find a pocket of burl figure.  I have no more of this material.  
 
This wood ring is
 
Size 9.5
8mm
Satin
Domed
$335
(contact for a listing)

Black Zirconium and Spalted Maple Wood Ring by Steven Wyatt

This Black Zirconium Wooden Ring is SOLD

Because spalted material is quite delicate before finish is applied, this is one of the more challenging wooden rings to produce. The uniquely beautiful results (a beauty that develops as I actually make the ring, which is always an exciting process) are worth the effort. This is an upgraded version of what used to be my most popular ring (spalted maple/ ebony).
The metal in this listing is Black Zirconium-- Zirconium that is heat treated until it attains a very hard, durable black coating. The naturally silver colored metal is placed in a kiln at very high temperatures until the extreme heat causes oxidization. The oxidization layer is as hard as sapphire. Just for full disclosure - the ring really is a very dark grey. I just don't want anyone to be disappointed.
Why is this wood ring not in regular production?  Isolating a piece of wood with this quality of spalt is very time consuming, and the material is hard to come by.
 

Damascus Steel and Indonesian Coffee Heartwood Wooden Ring by Steven Wyatt

 

This damascus steel wooden ring is SOLD

Not much to say about the steel in this ring, but plenty to say about the wood.  It is coffee wood from an Indonesian plantation.  I ordered several pounds of coffee burl, expecting that it would be an attractive and novel addition to the woods I already offer.  Unfortunately, most of the material I received (actually about 95% of it) was unusable because it is a cream color that really looks rather unattractive on the skin.  Anyway, a very small amount of the material had heartwood, which is a beautiful lavender/blue/gray color. 
 
This ring is
 
Size 7.5
6mm
domed
$375
 

 

Japanese Sugi and Titanium Wooden Ring by Steven Wyatt

This titanium wooden ring is SOLD

Sugi, also known as Japanese Cedar (despite the fact it is not a true cedar) is a wood that has been cultivated for thousands of years for both its ornamental properties as well its fragrant, weather and insect resistant qualities.  It is the national tree of Japan; centuries old examples can be found planted near temples and shrines.
This ring is flanked by 6al-4v grade 5 titanium, preferred among jewelers. 
Why is this ring not in regular production?  First, cedar is fairly soft stuff and I prefer to work with hardwoods for convenience.  Second, isolating a nice piece with burl figure and curl as in this ring is time consuming.
This ring is 
 
Size 9
8mm
$285
(contact for a listing)