A recent social media post that falsely claimed that Apple was developing smart wedding rings that let couples know where their partner is or has been and whether they have removed the ring has sparked discussion of “nontraditional” rings in the wedding circuit.
While the so-called Apple wedding ring is a hoax, there are other rings that fall into the category of “alternative” wedding bands.
1. Oura Rings
The closest to the fictional Apple ring, Oura rings are wearable technology that monitors and delivers personalized insights on your sleep, activity, temperature, heart rate and more. With silver, gold, black and stealth designs, the rings look like simple wedding bands. In fact, according to a Twitter poll conducted by the company, 40.9% of respondents would consider using an Oura ring as their wedding band and 24.3% already do.
2. Fender Manly Bands
Iconic guitar company Fender recently announced that it’s partnered with the company Manly Bands to create a new line of wedding rings made from the same material as the company’s guitars. Ranging in price from $495 to $850, the rings include the Troubadour, which is made with ebony and Fender tweed and inlaid with a Fender guitar string, in tribute to Fender guitar cases, and the Electric, which is made with titanium and ebony and inlaid with a guitar string to mimic the Mercury-finished American Professional II Telecaster Deluxe.
3. Star Wars Enso Rings
Enso crafts silicone rings that many couples wear as less expensive and more damage resistant alternatives to fancy jewelry. The new “The Book of Boba Fett” collection features Boba Fett, a green with blue shimmer ring etched with a Boba Fett design, and Mandalorian, metallic black with swirls of dark gray and the legendary Mythosaur symbol.
4. Whiskey Barrel Oak Rings
Jewelry by Johan handcrafts rings using authentic whiskey barrel oak wood with beautiful patterns. The rings are coated with the company’s “Ring Armor” to make them highly durable and water resistant and come in a variety of colors and materials, including antler and dinosaur bone!
For more information on wedding rings, check out our blog on the history of the wedding ring tradition!