Making the decision to part with traditional designs and choose a Handmade Twig Ring for your engagement ring is exciting and wonderful. However, if it’s the first time you’ve ever purchased twig jewelry (or handmade jewelry at all) you might find yourself quickly overwhelmed by the amount of options and the great differences from traditional ring purchasing. The journey to your final choice of a handmade twig ring is much more involved and personalized than that of a traditional ring. There are a number of basic options, though, that you can consider to ensure you have a basic set of landmarks to guide you through this exciting journey.
1. Choice of Twig
The heart of every handmade twig ring is, of course, the twig. The type of wood you choose will have symbolic implications in addition to stylistic ones, as each type of wood varies in both traditional meaning and appearance. Each twig in a twig ring is a real twig from a real tree, and this fact is reflected in the unique and individual nature of each ring’s design. Make sure to consider the symbolic implications of your choice of twig type. Yew means something much different than birch. Some examples of the symbolic meanings of different wood types follow below:
Willow – Willow represents dreamers and visionaries, symbolically empowering those who wear it to bring visions into reality.
Beech – Beech wood represents patience and level-headedness, symbolically empowering those who wear it to make decisions with a clear mind.
Apple – Apple wood represents beauty and vitality, symbolically protecting its wearers from illness and world-weariness.
Birch – Birch represents new frontiers and a respectful leaving of the past behind.
These are only a few examples of what a choice in twig can represent for the recipient of a twig ring.
2. Choice of Metal
Choosing a precious metal to have your chosen wood cast in is as meaningful as the choice of wood. Each precious metal portrays something different to those who see it, and to those who wear it. Yellow gold is classic, an ancient and powerful metal that has decorated heroes and nobles throughout all of history. Platinum is austere and serene, calling all observers to get lost in its shimmering, quiet depths. Palladium is rare and unique, sought out by those who walk to the beat of a different drum. Rose gold, warm and welcoming, gives off a sensation of love and acceptance. Finally, white gold is quiet and modest, beautiful and classy without being overly showy.
Consider each metal carefully; you might find that the right fit is not the one you originally expected. Palladium especially often takes shoppers by surprise, as its crystal-clear, silvery sheen is breathtaking when cast around the natural turns and twists of a twig.
3. Choice of Gemstone or Diamond
Nothing quite compliments a twig ring like a raw diamond or gemstone. Natural-cut gemstones delightfully intertwine into the arms of a twig ring inset, just as tree and stone intertwine in nature. Gemstones themselves carry incredible, historically meaningful symbolism as well. Diamonds, while recently becoming the most popular gem, are only one option among many. Diamonds have historically been associated with the divine and the eternal, but this may not be the right fit for the symbolism of your ring. Sapphires, rubies, or emeralds might be more appropriate. Sapphires are the stone of wisdom and sacred blessings. Rubies, historically, were considered the greatest of all the gems, their deep, vibrant red inspiring courage and adventurousness. Emeralds represent healing, compassion, and endless love. As you can see, each of these gems rivals the diamond in symbolism.