How strong is the wood? All of the different woods we use are hardwoods and are strong enough to withstand everyday life, especially if inlaid in a metal stronger than silver. The ring in the picture to the left is a silver and wood ring which is over ten years old – it’s taken a bit of a beating. This ring is a good example of how soft the silver is. As you can see, the silver has become rounded and worn down, and can no longer protect the wood properly. The wood has worn a little because it changes over time tending to darken slightly and take on a driftwood feel. These changes tend to settle after the first couple of years of wear. When the wood is worn continuously the natural oils in your skin will prevent it from drying and cracking, however if there are periods of time when it is not worn then the wood would benefit from a little oil. We use teak oil but olive oil will be fine.