What is an Inlay Ring?

What is an Inlay Ring?

Inlay rings boast a unique style that mixes different metals, materials, and colors into one ring. This combination of different textures/colors creates a unique ring that stands out among simpler designs.


An inlay design refers to the style of the ring. A gemstone, wood, or another material is cut to size and set into a cutout, or the “inlay” of the ring material. Often times, you will find precious stones or wood set into a metal like gold or tungsten.

This style is popular among traditional and modern couples. Many jewelers have put their spin on this classic design. Utilizing different materials allows for a contemporary touch to the classic wedding band.

The Inlay Ring Trend

It’s not often that you hear about men’s jewelry trends. So when you do hear about a trend, it’s a good idea to pay attention. The inlay ring trend is definitely one you want to keep your eye on.


Just looking at the design of inlay rings, you can tell that it’s a unique style that is here to stay. Most Inlay rings are also incredibly durable. Since they’re strengthened by the combination of metal and resin, they make a great option for anyone looking for a ring that won’t scratch or dent easily.

This style is low maintenance, only requiring an occasional polish using a micro-fiber cloth. This process keeps the ring as shiny as the day your partner put it on your finger.
When it comes to choosing a style that stands out from the crowd, choosing an inlay ring will give you a unique piece of jewelry to symbolize your marriage.

Do Wood Wedding Bands Last?

The longevity and durability of a band depend on the design and finish, and that’s true of any type of ring from titanium to wood. With a reliable protective coating, some varnish, and regular cleanings, a wood band will last for a long time, even as long as some of the tougher metal ones.

Rings with a wooden inlay, such as wood and carbon fiber rings, are also quite durable with proper love and care. Certain materials, like titanium or tungsten, naturally boost the durability and longevity of a ring because they can be nigh-impenetrable.

Can Wooden Rings Get Wet?

The best wooden wedding rings have an epoxy, lacquer, or varnish over the top, that can be exposed to water. That said, you’ll want to prevent them from long-term and extensive exposure to moisture, as much as possible.

Metal jewelry is quite a bit more resilient, so people tend to treat it a little rougher. Wood is durable, yes. To protect the material, finish, and etchings, it’s still important to treat it with love and care. Therefore, we recommend taking a wooden ring off before going swimming or hopping in the shower.

Can it be exposed to water? Yes. Should it happen frequently? No.