We started the tungsten and Koa wood ring trend that is now copied throughout the islands and we still make the best wood rings. It all comes down to the koa wood. Sure you can find cheap "koa" rings with questionable wood, but we hand pick and finish our "curly" grained Koa from the Big Island of Hawaii. Why does this matter? Only the tightest (and therefore most rare and expensive) curly Koa will undulate in the light...the wood looks like it's moving. Pictures can't do it justice.
I created the tungsten Koa rings out of necessity. I destroyed a wood and titanium ring that I purchased for my wedding and wanted something that would stand up to my renovation jobs and stay looking brand new. After months of trial and error, I finally figured out how to bend the wood properly and was off and running.
The Koa tree is truly the king of the Hawaiian woods and has lent itself to create everything that is wonderful about the Hawaiian Islands and its culture. From the ancient Hawaiian outrigger canoes to the spawning of the first surfboards, Koa deserves its place at the heart of the Hawaiian culture. Because of its amazing beauty, it adorns the palace walls and is one of the most expensive woods on the planet. Koa literally means "warrior" in the Hawaiian language and has come to symbolize strength, fearlessness, bravery, bold action, and the warrior spirit.