Taste in jewelry can be quite a subjective thing. After all, even with all that clever advertising, most eco-minded folk will forego shiny rocks like diamonds on rings, knowing that it's likely they are a product of forced labour.
So what's a earth-loving fashionista to do? There are alternatives that are actually more unusual than diamonds, like these otherworldly wood and resin rings by Vancouver's Secret Wood. Each unique ring has been made to look as if it contains a secret, miniature world, complete with stalwart forests, twinkling snowfall, gusting winds or dazzling flowers.
In some of the rings there are special touches like gold flakes, swirls of ink colouring, or real flowers, imparting a magical touch to these tiny, wearable artworks.
Each ring takes anywhere from two to four weeks to make, using different kinds of fresh woods, jewelry resin and beeswax. Broken woods are encased with either clear or coloured resin on top, and milled and shaped to create these perfectly mysterious landscapes, which seem to glow when light hits them.
No two rings are the same, and it's a real wonder to stare into these microscopic realms that seem to encapsulate the wonder of the natural world within them.
Pricing for these rings ranges from USD $90 and up -- which, compared to a diamond ring, is pretty affordable, and way more enchanting, at least in our opinion. More over at Secret Wood.