Wooden Engagement Ring




Simple `ingredients' and simple equipments to get a good looking ring.

I had a brilliant lying in a little box on my desk and I really love rings.
I decided to put that gem on a ring and to give it to my girlfriend.
But I am not a jeweler nor I have the right equipment, so I decided to use wood as raw material and to use my limited set of utensils.

I actually did not use it for a proposal, I just gave it to my girlfriend as a normal gift.
But it can be a good engagement ring for the guys that want to give something special to their lovers.

The close-up pictures were taken with a Pentax K10 D and a Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 SP Di macro lens.
The other pictures, with a Pentax SMC-DA 16-45mm f/4 ED AL zoom lens.

Step 1: Materials

First of all you need a brilliant.
I found one in a ear-ring that was lying on the floor of a train station (lucky uh?).
I believe that it is a cubic zirconia gem, but I am not an expert, so as far as I know it can be a real diamond!
If you are not so lucky you can easily buy a cubic zirconia, or a real diamond, from eBay.
Sometimes cubic zirconia is referres as "synthetic diamond" or "lab created diamond".

Then you need some wood.
I used a dark-red wood, but do not ask me what kind is it. I think that it comes from an old broken wine barrel, since I found it in an old cellar.

Epoxy glue
To glue the brilliant on the wood. I hope that it will keep the brilliant in place. I also tried Cyanoacrylate glue (here in Italy "super attak") but it did not work, after a couple of days the gem fell off (fortunately I did not loose it).

Step 2: Equipments

My equipments are:
- Very old drill.
- Drill bit for wood.
- Drill saw.
- Drill bit to scrape.
- A selection of files.
- Dremel.
- A selection of Dremel bits.

Step 3: Cutting and Drilling Wood

Now that we have everything we need let us start with the preparation of the wood piece.

First of all I drilled the wood, then cutted it. I obtained a smaller piece with the hole in it.
With the saw I worked on the bit of wood to roughly scrap off the biggest part to get an approximately rounded shape.

I also tried to soak it in a diluted solution of white glue (here in Italy: "Vinavil") to make it stronger.
Unfortunately the glue did not penetrate much the wood so it was useless.

Step 4: Giving the Final Shape.

Using the scraping drill bit I gave a better shape to the ring.

Then using the rasp and the file I tried to make it as regular as possible.
I wanted the sides to be parallel and the width to be uniform.

Then with the file and the drill bit I rounded its width.
With the rat-tail file I rouned the inside.

Step 5: Preparing the Alcove for the Gem.

With the Dremel bits I prepared the alcove for the gem.
First with the high speed cutter I made a little hole to easily use the other bits.
The hole should be a little bit bigger than the brillant, we must keep the room for the glue.

With the high speed cutter, then I prepared a smaller hole in it for the tip of the gem.

Step 6: Polishing

Using the polishing felt I polished the ring.

I wanted to make it dark and shiny so I set the Dremel to maximum speed.
The felt kind of burned the wood (I could actually smell burned wood) under it making it darker and polished.

Be careful not to burn it completely and to give an uniform tone to the wood.

Step 7: Preparing the Brillant.

To easily manipulate the brillant I attached it to a piece of plasticine.

I also cleaned it with acetone, as suggesten on the glue packaging.

Step 8: Gluing!

With the epoxy glue I glued the gem to the ring, but I had some problems due to the plasticine: it gets in the way!

I should find a better way to handle the brillant, than the plasticine.

Step 9: Final Result.

I am pretty satisfied with the result, it was my first time to try to make a ring like that.

As mentioned, I should find a better way to handle the gem. The plasticine leaved some residuals on the wood.

But I loke the contrast between the shine of the brillant and the darkness of the wood, plus the constrast between the rough surface of the wood and the clean surface of the stone.



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    111 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    do the old glass trick. scrape it on glass and if it leaves a scrape, it's a diamond. if not, it's cubic zirconium. congratulations! the ring looks great.

    2 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry carpfluff, that is an old wives tale. There is something known as the Mohs hardness scale. Glass is around 5.5, or I should say window glass plate, 5.5 is. The thing is that anything harder will cut glass. So all that you can tell is that whatever you are cutting with is harder than or softer than. In fact if you get some cheap glass and your jewel is plate glass that has been cut, which some are it will cut and prove only that you have a harder glass. Now don't get me wrong the glass jewel will take some damage. Forgive me if this sounds preachy or know it all. I just like to convey knowledge when I can.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    No not preachy. I was going to say the same thing. If he wants to know if it is truely a diamond on the Mohs scale just find the next hardes thing, see which cuts first.
    Also as I recall you can find out with a microscope as I recall. Forgive me if I am wrong mineraloloy is a low spoke in my wheelhouse.

    Duke Steele

    6 years ago on Step 9

    I would never have thought of using a Dremel to burn a finish into the ring. Very clever.;


    7 years ago on Step 9

    Thanks so much for making this instructable! I was trying to make a wooden ring for my girlfriend before this and it was very difficult. Thanks to you it was a lot easier and she's more than just my girlfriend now!

    I ended up having to make a second ring for her because the first one was way to loose. I made a cherry ring first, then I failed a few times at making a black walnut ring. I ended up using a piece of cherry and black walnut together so the cherry would support the black walnut. Wood glue works great to bind them together.

    One thing that helps is I own a sawmill business so I have access to all the hardwood I need! The black walnut log came from my neighbor and the cherry came from a family friend.

    How did your cherry ring(s) turn out? I'll post pictures of what I made tomorrow and again thank you so much!

    it actually looks more towards a type of dark walnut or mahogany. I think im going to make a ring out of purple heart... This ring was not made by me, but if i can do this right it should look similar, im thinking of just cutting it out with a large plug, drilling a hole though the middle matching my finger, then sanding it to perfection(no scartches, unevenness) and maybe using a mineral, linseed, or simple laquer finish on it


    This wood looks wonderful!
    I just found some cherry, I am planning to make some more rings with it.
    Let us see how they will come :)


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    i have two pieces of different woods, the first is i have no clue what it is and the second is a piece of walnut. after reading this instructable i decied to make two rings out of the rosewood and a ring box out of the mahogany for my parents 25th wedding anniversary. thankyou for the inspiration from this instructable. if i can i will post images of what it turned out lik


    9 years ago on Step 3

    i think it might be easier if instead of cutting the wood (i assume you used a band saw or something of the sort) if you used a holw cutting bit for a drill and got the perfect circle like that.

    7 replies

    I've made quite a few rings out of a variety of exotic woods. the best drill bit to use is a forstner bit. here are some sets available from amazon...http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=552398
    you can buy one for about 10 bucks just go slow and it wont crack. the only type of wood that has cracked on me was a bocote the first time and it was because i was drilling with the grain. like somebody already mentioned if you go perpendicular to the grain it will be stronger. i wear different ones about everyday and the only one that broke was one that got stuck on my nephews finger and i tried getting it off dry instead of using soap. lesson learned. i used wax as a polish at first but quickly realized that wax scuffs too easily and have since been coating every piece of jewelry with a lacquer spray. here's a pic of the bocote.

    It does make sense in a way but I've tried cutting a hole in a thin slice of wood and it always breaks. Seems that it's stronger if still in a block so therefore it's easier to drill the centre hole first. You'd have to be super accurate to then cut the outer ring.