Where can I find non-conductive wedding rings? #Advice#non-diamond ring#ring alternatives#ring tattoo July 20 2011 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin Photo courtesy of SafeRingz.com I'm having difficulty finding rings that are NON-CONDUCTIVE! My electrician boyfriend can't wear a metal band because of the safety risk at work. As much as I love tattoos, he won't do it, so I've been looking for anything that we can use that won't fall apart.Any thoughts? -Ashley Well, I gotta be honest here and say, your safest bet is for your man to not wear a wedding ring. ANY ring can not only contain some form of conductive material, but can also be harmful in many other ways to anyone who works with their hands and dangerous machines on a daily basis. But, I figured this might make a fun (if not challenging) ring roundup. So, for the answer to this question, I turned to my engineer husband, and here is what we came up with for some possible non-conductive wedding bands for boys and girls. [CAUTION: While we might be smart about weddings, we'd never claim to be electrical safety experts. Use this post as a guideline, and please do your own research before purchasing and wearing any ring in a dangerous situation.] Wooden rings Wooden rings are a great option. I love this one that I found on Amazon. It has cubic zirconia accents, which makes it fancy AND keeps the cost down. I also had a wooden band made for my husband when I was still hoping he'd wear a ring. For my wooden ring search I turned to Etsy and was overwhelmed by the choices. You could even get a wooden ring with natural stone inlays, which add some color, or uniqueness, but don't conduct electricity. Here are some more examples. Click on a ring to get more information. Simplywoodrings.com even makes wooden rings in an engagement ring-style! Love that. Wood rings from Etsy seller WoodRecycled are great for the eco-conscious. This wood ring from Etsy seller MnMWoodworks has a crushed stone inlay that makes it extra pretty. You know I love this Hawaiian ku'uipo (meaning sweetheart) ring. Plus it's made from Koa wood so it's SUPER strong. Resin rings Resin is a fun choice. I found the ones pictured here on Etsy from Milkwood Design which has a lot of different resin ring choices in all sorts of fun colors. That's the great part about resin — the infinite possibilities of colors and patterns. Fortunately for you female electricians, resin rings are more catered to the ladies, with hot designers such as Marc Jacobs getting on the resin ring train. Here are some more examples of resin rings. Click on each ring for more information. I like this carved resin ring so much, I might get one for myself! Here's another girly ring option from one of my favorite stores, Folli Follie. Finally, another unisex option from Etsy seller Beadevolution. Ceramic rings Vishal Jewelry's shop over on Amazon has some really pretty ceramic ring options. I'm digging this white one, but I also have to draw your attention to the cutest pink ceramic rings that you ever did see. Ooh, or there's this combined ceramic AND carbon fiber ring for a double dose of non-conductivity. Weddingringsforever.com also carries a line of ceramic rings, including ones that are shiny just like metal. Black ceramic ring with a small diamond. White ceramic ring with faceted design. Orange ceramic ring with design. Silicone Silicone: not just for boobs! They also make a good metal ring-alternative. Our sponsor QALO makes rings out of thick silicone which makes them not only non-conductive, but super-comfy. Check out more info about QALO on this post, including all their color options! Guys, gals, what are your favorite rings to wear that won't give you electrical shocks? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS Easy accommodations for your gluten-free guests NEXT Ginny & Adam's arty New Year's Eve wedding Show/Hide comments [ 55 ] LOVE this post! My FH is an electrician too! So useful!! =) Reply My guy is a commercial hvac man and does all types of work. We're getting inexpensive matching bands for "dress-up" but already have the understanding that he won't wear his for work. I know where is heart is…he's given it to me. Reply Just checked out several of these sites..loved all of the rings, but I am super impressed with safe bandz…metallic-looking silicone? Great substitute, inexpensive, and clever! Reply I think I could actually use the silicon ring site. I'm at the Le Courdon Bleu for baking and pastry, and we aren't allowed to wear any jewelry besides a wedding band and a stud earring in each ear. The problem is, my wedding band is 14k gold and it makes me break out in hives. Weird, I know. I miss being able to wear my ring. Has anyone tried to order from this company? Are the reputable? Reply I know there was a caution at the beginning of the article, but just a heads up—when my electronics engineer husband was looking at bands, he thought ceramic would be the way to go, but conventional jewelry stores have theirs mixed with metals too, so they still conduct. Just be extra careful, and ask. I tried to get him to go the tattoo route, but he's not a fan—-he opted for a white gold that will undoubtedly be sitting on the dresser 95% of the time, but that's okay! I'm definitely going to check out the silicone bands, that seems very cool. Reply I bought my husband's handfasting ring from MnMWoodworks on Etsy. They were absolutely wonderful, and really worked with me to get him something he loved. Bonus, the prices are great! Reply Another one of the cool things with Koa wood is unless you have a very old piece, most of it these days is recycled so you're not cutting down a tree for a wedding ring. Reply We're using Simply Wood Rings (we're in Chi as is their shop). They have such a lovely selection of bands and were great to work with. We went in wanting bog wood but fell in love with maple rings with grey finish. Totally unique and we love them. Reply Oh Offbeat Bride, always so much more clever than I. My immediate thought was rubber band. Great article Megan! Reply Ha. Thanks Julie! 🙂 Reply Sooo my future hubby is an electrician/future engineer and this never crossed my mind. Wow. I'm dumb. Reply You're not dumb, you just didn't think. It happens to everyone sometimes, and it's nothing to be ashamed of. Reply If your worried about a ring conducting electricity you should watch the episode of mythbusters where they test peircings and lightning, it showed no prefference for hitting the peirced dummy over the nonpeirced one, they even added a door knob to "ramp it up" to show that lightning has no prefference. I still think these rings are very cool and different, i just dont want any one to worry or think they need to change their wedding band for safety. using a plastic or rubber handled screw driver is going to make more of a difference than whether or not they have a metal wedding band. Reply No offense Cassandra but as a union electrician i have seen the dangers of wearing a conductive ring first hand one of my instructors at my apprenticeship nearly had his finger burned in half after having his get superheated by accident catching it between two terminals of a battery i also just want to say any ring is a danger since they can get caught in any number of ways risking major injuries to your hands ive seen to many 9 fingered electricians to risk wearing one and went down the tattooed path P.S. plastic and rubber handled tools are not insulated properly you half to buy specially made tools Reply You're correct, Ben. I'm a woman electrician and don't wear any jewelry to work. Reply Cassandra, this is wrong on so many levels. A conductive ring is a HORRIBLE idea when you are working around electricity. Honestly, a ring in general is a bad idea when you work with you hands on a regular basis. If you doubt this and have a strong stomach, do a search for "ring deglove." Reply We are going the tattoo route. I have dated a few of these guys that I am sure told their wives the "can't" wear rings to work or whatnot. I am paranoid though. If you want to marry me it is forever and you are getting inked lol. I would never marry a guy who would not put his name on his body. Just MNSHO Reply For those that want a more durable wood ring… I believe petrified wood is non-conductive, and you can find rings made of it (or other stones!) online (like etsy, here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ErniesStoneStudio?ref=seller_info ). Reply My FH is also an electrician, but he works primarily in food and pharmeceutical plants, and they are not allowed to wear ANY jewelery or anything loose on his person that could fall or break off into a machine and get baked into your bread or smashed into your tylenol! He often has to wear button-covers on his clothes, and he always has to wear a special hairnet that covers his beard! So we are getting him a carbon-fiber to wear everywhere, and when he is in a plant, naked finger it is! Reply Oh man beard nets crack me up! My fiancé is an electrician too and had to wire a cancer research building that required him to dress like that, button cover up, white suit, beard net… I'm smirking at the thought 🙂 I think carbon fiber is the route we are going as well 🙂 Reply My husband works with electronic in the military and he keeps his ring on his dogtags when he is working. Maybe you could get a nice cord or chain if you do go the gold route? Reply On this same note- my husband is a woodworker (lots of 'not so safe for fingers' tools in his shop) and he wears a lightweight nylon string around his neck- he just loops up the ring on that when he is at the shop. Reply I was recently at an arts and crafts fair and there was a vendor there who did carved stone jewelry and he had some really beautiful onyx and tiger eye bands. I think if this were an issue, I might look into something like that. Reply In addition to being non-conductive, carbon fiber rings are also safer in that they are brittle, rather than malleable, so they will break into pieces and fall off in a situation where other rings would be bent onto your finger. Reply Carbon fiber IS HIGHLY conductive to electricity! The resin with which it is treated is not, though, and offers some degree of protection when new, providing that there are NO errant fibers penetrating the resin, and given the tiny diameter of the individual strands (5–10 ?m, the average human hair is 80?m), and the polishing process those rings go through, it's impossible to guarantee that there are no fibers exposed. Reply Ooh, that black ceramic ring is pure class! Reply My boyfriend is also an electrician, and he told me he could never wear a wedding ring – this post proves him wrong! 🙂 But I can't figure out where the ceramic ring with the carbon fiber inlay is from – help? Reply I love that one too, it would make a nice surprise gift for my hubby! Reply Just click on the photo and it'll take you to where you can purchase and get more info. Reply Like one of the previous comments mentioned, the ceramic rings usually have a high amount of metals in them, and are conductive, and carbon fiber is highly conductive as well… Reply I'm quite late to the party here, and I don't want to tell you what you should or shouldn't buy for your bf, but my fiance's ring issues (he's an industrial electrician) stem more from the inherent danger of having something on his finger when he works on moving parts, rather than from conductivity. Because of that, ALL rings are banned in his workplace. I thought they were going a bit overboard until he told me about how easy it is for a finger to get de-gloved when a ring gets caught in machinery. Reply My stepfather works in construction so he was a little worried that ya know the ring would get caught on a piece of machinery and rip his finger off. 🙂 He got a white gold band and then wore the band on a necklace while he worked for the longest time. If your men can wear jewelery and don't dig the non-conductive alternatives I think that is a pretty good idea. Reply What a brilliant Idea! My husband is also an electrician and took his gold wedding ring off after the honeymoon and has never worn it since. The black ceramic ones look great, he would have no excuse no to wear it then! Reply Thank you SOOOO MUCH for this post! This is exactly what I was looking for! OBB comes through for me again!!! Reply I had a wooden ring made for myself which I absolutely love. The company was called for the love of wood rings and they are in Canada. Reply omg i want! my hubby-to-be works a lot with his hands (mechanic), so he'll probably decide to only wear his ring when he's not at work, but if he does decide to wear it, i don't want to worry about him losing a finger! thank you! Reply My husband works with HVAC systems and wears no ring. This is because rings are dangerous when worn around equipment and ladders. It can rip their finger off! I wish this was a joke but we have a friend who will never ever be able to wear a ring again because he was climbing a ladder to fix something electrical and slipped. The ring caught on something. He, the gear he was caring, and the ladder went to the ground while the ring and his finger stayed on the roof. I share this icky story because it is something to think about when asking your significant other to wear a ring to work. IMHO, electricians should not wear rings while working. Reply I totally agree! That's why I mentioned that my best advice is for guys who could loose a finger to just not wear a ring. So not worth the risk man! Reply These are great! I'm dating an electrician and while we aren't engaged yet, we've talked about marriage. One question though, I'm and artist and so I work with my hands as well. I've always figured that after we marry I can keep my band on a chain of some sort or have a tiny hook/carabiner to attach it to. Do any of you guys have any cool/interesting ideas about what to do with your ring while you're working? Reply CORRECTION: Carbon fiber is conductive! Composites with resin, however, are more likely to be insulating. You're better off testing it. Some ceramics are also (semi)conductors. Reply How about stone rings? You can get them made of granite and things. I'm not sure how conductive that would be. Didn't I see some people on this blog who got rings tatooed on? That would be safe. Reply Yes, I have written a whole ode to tattoo rings, but the original question mentioned that tattoos were not an option, so I didn't include them here. Reply I'm getting my guy a black tungsten ring and I'm pretty sure its not conductive… Triton makes them and Kay's Jewelers sells them 🙂 Reply If I'm not mistaken, Tungsten is a metal and all metals are conductive. (Again, I'm no expert.) So I'd be REALLY careful if your guy is an electrician. Reply Tungsten is the metal in a light bulb… Please do not go tungsten if you are shopping for a non-conductive ring! Reply Aside from conductivity, a nice thing about wooden rings is that they float. I know too many people who have lost their wedding rings in water–usually on their honeymoons! Reply I am an engaged electrician who also happens to be a woman and as much as I LOVE the engagement ring my fiancee gave to me(and the channel set diamond wedding band I inherited from my grandmother)it simply is not practical to wear rings in my field of work. Beyond them being made of conductive metals, rings also present the hazard of getting your finger ripped off. I'm just not going to wear a ring at work, I don't need a ring on my finger to prove my commitment or love for him, however I will enjoy wearing them on weekends and when we go out. Reply Greenstone is popular for jewellery in NZ, it's so hard wearing they have to cut it with diamonds and it makes a nice mans ring. Centuries ago it was used for carving Maori warriors' pendants and taiha (a type of hand weapon) so it passes the "manly enough" test! Reply I work in a laser physics lab all day. I can't wear anything reflective on my hands because if the laser hits it when I am adjusting the mirrors, it could easily blind me permanently. I've gotten so used to taking it off all day for work, and for ultimate frisbee (to protect the ring), that now I also take it off to go to bed, shower, do dishes, and anything else that gets it dirty or could damage it. My fiance agrees that it is better to keep such an expensive little thing in good shape than to never take it off. Reply Just read the post about non conductive rings. For work…any work where a ring would cause problems, please do not wear one. IF you must use a "safe ring", these can be mock ups that aren't conductive or a ring that has had a thin line sawn by a jeweler on the inside of the palm side of the ring that will BREAK if your ring gets snagged. It is much better to have a broken ring rather than a badly damaged or severed finger. After almost 40 years of marriage, we both know that ring went into our hearts the day it was placed. Reply How about Kevlar? That shouldn't be conducive… Reply Saferingz are silicone bands that look like metal. Really awesome and cheaper than QALO. Look them up – they're great. Reply Love this post:D Thank you. Reply Silicone or tattoo would be the only truly non-conductive options. The wood rings seem harmless, but they are not. When wood is wet, it becomes conductive. The thin lacquered finish is only going to last so long. Once that layer is gone, that wood is going to soak up sweat and water from hand washing, and it will not dry right away. If your significant other works in a hot or humid environment, they are likely sweating into that ring the majority of the work day. Even if the ring looks dry, there is no way to know for sure. As for tungsten, the filament in light bulbs are tungsten. You know… the hot white glowing part? Definitely conductive! ALL METALS ARE CONDUCTIVE, some just do it more effectively than others. If you are going to choose ceramic, you have to be diligent in finding one that is 100% metal free. My hubby is an electrician who works as a facility maintenance coordinator; so conductivity and getting it caught on something are both major factors. HE chooses to wear a silicone ring, but I am fine with him not wearing one at all. I do feel better that he chose silicone, since it will give and pop under duress rather than ceramic, which of course will break, but also has the potential to be embedded in the skin if smashed. A shard of ceramic can slice a tendon or nerve quite easily. Wearing nothing is safest, but tattoo and silicone are better if you are going to insist on wearing one. Reply Because I am so accident prone? My Fiancée gave me for my engagement ring a stone ring of hematite. 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