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Bentwood vs Solid Wood - Understanding The Differences


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One of the biggest questions we get is what's the difference between solid wood rings and bentwood rings, and which one should I get? Choosing the right ring for you and your lifestyle is important, so let's get into the details...

HOW THEY ARE MADE

The first thing to understand is that the two types of wood rings are made using totally different methods. Solid wood rings are essentially carved out of a solid block of wood. Bentwood rings on the other hand are made out of very thin strips of wood. These strips are layered upon each other around a form to make your ring.

WHAT'S COOL ABOUT A BENTWOOD RING

  • Strength. The thin layers of wood, when combined with the adhesive, forms an almost composite material that is very strong. This is the strongest way to make a wood ring.
  • Thinness. Bentwood rings are generally thinner than solid wood rings, often making them more comfortable to wear.
  • Longer Life. Bentwood rings tend to last longer than other wood rings because of how they are made.
  • Consistent Look. Bentwood rings show a more consistent grain across the surface of the ring.

WHAT'S COOL ABOUT A SOLID WOOD RING

  • Character. Solid wood rings by their nature show the entire 360 degree view of the wood. You get to see end grain and edge grain as you turn the ring. This often makes them very interesting and eye-catching.
  • Price. The process to make a solid wood ring is simpler, thus they usually cost less money.

WHEN TO BUY A BENTWOOD RING

  • When you want to wear your ring all the time.
  • When you already know you are hard on rings.
  • When longevity is important to you.
  • When you want the most comfort possible.

WHEN TO BUY A SOLID WOOD RING

  • When you will only wear your ring occasionally.
  • When you want to be able to see all the grain of a wood.
  • When price is important to you.