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Year in Review: The Biggest Jewelry Trends of 2016

Now that 2016 has come to a close, there are so many “best of” and worst of” 2016 lists that it’s hard to know where to begin. But for you jewelry lovers out there, this list is for you.

We may not know what 2017 has in store for fashion and sustainable accessories, but we can certainly take a look at some of the most popular trends from 2016. Here’s a short look at some of the defining jewelry trends from this past year.

This is a trend that came back really hard in 2016, after a smaller resurgence in 2015. Modern choker styles range from plastic to thick, lacy ribbons, but the statement remains the same. These are often worn alone or with other statement necklaces and will likely continue to be a popular item in 2017.

Stacking Rings
If you’re not into statement rings, stacking rings are a great alternative. Not only are they smaller, but when put together, they can form a fantastic and totally unique statement piece. If that’s still not your style, then simply split them up to cover more fingers. These rings are a great gift and a simple way to accentuate your outfits.

Sustainable Jewelry
Pieces of jewelry like all wood watches for men and women have become staple pieces in 2016. Not only are these pieces complementary to all kinds of wardrobes, they’re often made by startups, like WeWOOD Watches, that use ethically sourced materials. Approximately 86% of people still own a watch, so hopefully we’ll see more of a shift toward sustainable materials next year, too.

In addition to all wood watches for women and men, companies are beginning to use more recycled materials, as well as ethically obtained gems and other stones. Independent jewelry makers like those on Etsy have also experienced a big jump in sales this past year, thanks to their local-first ethos.

Arm Cuffs
Already own a wooden watch and in search of another eco-accessory to adorn your arm? Arm cuffs are definitely a great trend that isn’t as heavy as a watch. Not only that, but they can be worn higher up on your arm, which makes sleeveless tops way more fun. Don’t expect these to go anywhere soon either!

Whether you’re into arm cuffs or natural wood watches, these were some of the biggest jewelry trends in 2016.


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We Haven’t Outsmarted Watches Yet: Reasons to Wear a Watch in an Age of Smart Technology

You may think that in an age of smart technology, wristwatches would become outmoded. However, a recent survey revealed that wristwatches are still popular. In fact, over 86% of the population still owns and wears one.

But when smartphones and other technologies make so many things in life, like the time of day, easily accessible, why bother? What’s so special about watches? If this is a question that’s been on your mind for a while, here are a few good reasons to keep wearing that watch.

Stop Staring at Your Phone
Smartphones are an important part of society today, but everyone needs a break now and then. Even if you just think you’re checking the time by pulling out your smartphone, there’s a good chance you’ll get sidetracked by checking your email or social media, or responding to a text. Instead of succumbing to the black hole of the Internet, you can simply buy wooden watches on sale, check the time discreetly, and then get back to whatever you were doing before.

They’re Stylish
You can buy all the smartphone cases you want, but not a single one of them is going to coordinate with your ensemble every day. However, if you invest in timepieces like WeWOOD wood watches you’ll definitely be making a personal statement. A watch is a piece of jewelry that is uniquely you.

Watches Span Generations
Handing family heirlooms down to new generations is a tradition honored by many. From wedding rings to natural wood watches, there’s a lot to be said about the importance of family keepsakes. In fact, watchmaking company Patek Philippe’s motto is, “you never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely take care of it for the next generation.”

They’re Timeless
An iPhone model can come and go in a matter of years, but watches, though they keep the time, really are timeless. A good wristwatch is a personal statement of style and a handy accessory that doesn’t rely on Internet connection or a dwindling battery life.

While it might seem like wristwatches are dying out, the truth is they’re merely evolving. People are starting to go for wooden wrist watches and other reclaimed wood watches over their sometimes gaudy metal relatives. It’s a shift in style, but really, watches will never go out of style.

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From Sundials to Smartwatches: A Brief History of Timekeeping and the Wristwatch

Of all the different species of animals on Earth, humans are the only ones to keep track of time. But it wasn’t always as easy as pulling your phone out or adding wooden wrist watches to your online shopping cart. Here’s a short guide to some of the history behind modern timekeeping devices.

In the Beginning: BC
The first timekeeping devices were as simple as a pillar on the ground. The sundial was remarkably simple, yet served an important purpose. Egyptians began using these devices around 1500 BC, but later developed water clocks, which were similar to hourglasses, with the exception that they used an outflow of water instead of sand to measure time.

Time Goes By: 1200 AD – 1600 AD
Mechanical clocks were invented in the late 1200s; they used various mechanisms to sound a bell at scheduled intervals. Around 1300 AD, clocks received an hour hand, but no minute hand. It wasn’t until 1577 that the minute hand appeared in the picture. Jost Burgi is to thank for this invention, but it wasn’t actually used in a clock until 1650, when the first weight-driven pendulum clocks were invented.

The Age of Electricity: 1800 AD – 1900 AD
The first electrical clock was invented in 1840, and used electrical impulses to operate the dials of a master clock. While timekeeping was a standard by this point, it wasn’t until 1870 that time zones were proposed by Charles Dowd. Even after his time zones had been established, it took until 1918 for the Standard Time Act to occur, in which the Interstate Commerce Commission established U.S. time zones. This act also established the use of Daylight Saving Time.

From Then to Now: 1900 AD – Present Day
Clocks have gone through many evolutions since the sundial, but the very first wristwatch is credited to Abraham-Louis Breguet, who created one in 1920. Since then, we’ve even ventured into smart watches like the ones featured in Star Trek. Now, however, people are starting to move back to their roots with natural wood watches. Wooden watches for men and women have become extremely popular today, and for good reason. Ever since WeWOOD conceptualized the first wooden watch, they have been economical, stylish, and most importantly, excellent keepers of time.
Whether you’re into pocket watches or wooden watches for men, the history of timekeeping is certain to help you pass some of your own.

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Watch Etiquette: How to Wear a Watch for Any Occasion

The first wristwatch ever invented is credited to a man named Patek Phillipe, back in 1868. More recently, one of his watch models sold for just over $3.1 million. Above all else, this speaks to the fact that watches, although they might seem superfluous now that so many of us have smartphones, are still important to those who choose to wear them.

However, picking a different watch for every occasion can be a difficult task. Despite that, it’s always a nice touch to any ensemble. Here are a few tips to help you know which watch to wear for any occasion.

Make Sure it Fits
No matter what style of watch you prefer, be it natural wood watches or a more metallic-looking watch, it should fit properly. A watch should feel present on your wrist, but not like it’s squeezing your wrist or about to fall off. If your watch constantly rotates around your wrist, you might want to tighten it up a bit. Watches aren’t much use if they’re cutting off your circulation or falling off!

Which Hand?
Ultimately, which hand you wear a watch on is up to you. Many people find that wearing a watch on their dominant hand becomes cumbersome, so they choose to wear it on their non-dominant hand.

How Formal?
The great thing about most watches is that you can dress them up or dress them down. One of the great things about all wood watches is that they can range in color from very light to very dark. If you’re attending a black-tie event, you might want to go with wooden wrist watches that have a deep hue to them. More casual events usually call for lighter wooden watches for men and women.

Watches as Jewelry
A watch, like any other accessory, is meant to enhance an ensemble. Natural wood watches have the unique ability to match a variety of other accessories, eliminating the gold and silver clash that often occurs. Wooden watches for women who wear a lot of metal jewelry are truly a versatile accessory.

Regardless of the occasion, hopefully these tips will help you select which luxurious WeWOOD wooden watch to wear!

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Tips to Help You Buy a Watch as a Gift for Someone

A watch can be a beautiful and timeless piece for anyone to receive, but sometimes choosing the right watch can be difficult, especially if the person you’re buying for needs a timepiece for every occasion!

If you need help picking the right watch for your loved one, here are a few tips to help you out.

Consider Who You’re Gifting it to
Before you even begin looking for a watch, you need to consider who you’re giving it to. What kind of person are they? Do they need a watch that’s adventure-proof? Maybe an all wood watch would suit them for a more casual lifestyle. The important thing is to know who you’re buying for.

What’s Your Budget?
Beautiful watches can come at any price, but you should set a budget. If this is a gift you want to span generations, you may want to consider a more durable brand like WeWOOD. Wooden wrist watches are great if you’re buying for someone who wants the beauty of their timepiece to be showcased, as they deepen and become even more unique with age and consistent use.

Check Wrist Size
If the person you’re gifting to has a watch or a bracelet that they like to wear, take a note of the band’s length with a measuring tape. This way, you’ll be able to take a rough measurement to the retailer and avoid a watch that is either too large or too small. In addition, wrist size is also important for the face size of the watch. Wooden watches for men often have larger, chunkier faces and bands, while wooden watches for women have faces that are sometimes smaller. A huge watch face on a small wrist can be cumbersome.

Shop at a Trusted Retailer
The most important thing to keep in mind is the overall quality of the watch.If you’re looking at natural wood watches, make sure the dealer is reputable and takes pride in the overall quality of their work. The best way to assess a watch’s quality is to be able to hold it in your hands and inspect it.

If you’re considering an all wood watch or any type of timepiece for a gift this holiday season, make sure you keep WeWOOD in mind as a top choice for selecting an endearing gift!

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A Few Great Sustainable Accessories Everyone Should Be Aware of

When asked, approximately 61% of shoppers said they would be interested in a sustainability rating system for apparel. While that system isn’t yet in place, there are still a few ways you can shop for more sustainable items for your wardrobe.

Whether you’re looking for an all wood watch or a necklace made from renewable resources, here are a few stylish and sustainable accessories everyone should know about.

Sea Glass Jewelry
That’s right! Sea glass, while still being partially man-made, is a sustainable material. Sea glass enthusiasts caution against taking too much from world-renowned sea glass beaches, but sea glass can also be manually tumbled in a machine, thus saving the beautiful sea glass beaches of the world.

Bamboo Eyewear
Believe it or not bamboo can be used for a lot more than landscaping and feeding pandas, it’s a wonderful sustainable material that is being used for everything from cell phone cases to high end wooden eyewear.

Every year, more and more plastic bottles, materials, and other plastic garbage are added to landfills and dumps around the world, however there is a growing group of artisans, craftsmakers, and companies that are recycling and utilizing these materials to make attractive, stylish jewelery, accessories, and more for both men and women.

Everyone has picked up a rock and admired its beauty at some point. The truth is that you can also polish these and set them into necklaces, earrings, and rings to create beautiful, natural-looking accessories. And you don’t have to go very far to find them, either. If this idea sounds far fetched, just remember that diamonds are basically just really fancy rocks.

Natural Wood Watches
Wood is not only one of the most beautiful and versatile materials on the planet, it’s also one of the most abundant. Womens and mens wooden watches come in all shapes and colors and change as you wear them. Wooden wrist watches are not only sustainable, they provide a much more natural look to any outfit. There are wooden watches for both women and men, and these green accessories make a lovely gift for just about anyone in your life.

Whether your love is for mens wooden watches or for sea glass earrings, keep these sustainable accessories in mind the next time you’re looking to add new life to your wardrobe

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Green Summer Travel Destinations

Lately we’ve heard a lot about how hard it is to travel “green” — between burning fossil fuels, food waste, and pollution, the environmentally minded person may have trouble planning a getaway. But take heart! It is possible to have a great summer vacation and help the Earth at the same time.

There’s no place like home. Chances are, there is plenty going on in your home area that you’ve never taken the time to explore! Have you kayaked all of your local lakes or rivers and seen your area from a totally different perspective? Walked all the trails? Explored all your local historic sites, farms, or arts venues? We didn’t think so! Make a list of 25 things in your area you’ve never done — and spend a week exploring a new world!

Ride the rails. Rail trails are spreading like wildfire! Leave the car behind and spend a weekend or more riding one of  the amazing rail trails across the country. Many trails have snack bars or restaurants, inns, and bike shops along the route, making the trail a destination in itself.

All aboard Amtrak. We don’t want to give free advertising, but Amtrak is our only national passenger rail service provider. Trains are far more environmentally friendly than driving or flying, and you can go from coast to coast. Plan a trip around the train — from Montreal to Santa Fe, we know you’ll find someplace you want to explore.

Go off the grid. Tent camping is the greenest way to vacation — and may be the best way to appreciate the energy-gobbling luxuries we enjoy every other week of the year (like hot water, air conditioning, and central heat).  Spend a week sleeping under the stars and you’ll be that much more aware of the fragile beauty and peace of our natural world.

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WeWOOD Makes List for Top 10 Green Gifts for Grads

Dallas, T.X. SaveOnEnergy.com® featured WeWOOD in its top 10 list of green gifts for 2016 graduates! Each product in the top 10 list is something many graduates could use – especially those living on their own for the first time – and all have an eco-friendly edge.
SaveOnEnergy.com wants to highlight the green steps many companies, small and large, are taking to become more sustainable and Earth-friendly. WeWOOD and its green grad gift are a great fit for this list, as it can help new graduates embark on their new chapter in life without creating a larger carbon footprint.

We all need help sometimes – adults too. For parents and family with graduates entering college or the workforce, this list has great options that anyone would be excited to receive.

To look at all 10 green grad gifts and to learn more about each company, visit:https://www.saveonenergy.com/energy-saving-tips/green-grad-giftss/

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Success Stories: Reforesting in Argentina

WeWOOD is proud to support reforestation projects all over the globe—from Alaska to Zimbabwe, China to Peru. One little-known region where we support re-forestation—the planting and regeneration of sustainable native forests—is the Chaco of Argentina. With 85% of this original region now deforested, the Chaco is in environmental crisis.

While you’ve probably never heard of it, the Gran Chaco Ecosystem is a vast region that overlaps northern Argentina, western Paraguay and southeastern Bolivia, covering nearly 1 million kilometers. The Chaco represents the largest dry forest (as opposed to rainforest) ecosystem in South America and is the second largest forested ecosystem in South America after the Amazon rainforest. Along with supporting nearly 4 million people, the Chaco is home to 3,400 species of plants and 150 mammals, including the jaguar, the giant armadillo, the capybara, and the maned wolf.

The main threat to the forests of the Argentinian Chaco is deforestation for ranching, fuel, and farming. Along with destroying the natural habitat of wildlife, unsustainable farming practices cause formerly fertile forest soil to become barren desert and increase salinization in the soil and flooding. Working with local non-profit environmental organizations, WeWOOD has funded the planting of 1,000 trees in the Argentinian Chaco with the goal of bringing environmental balance back to this vitally important region.


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Top Gifts for an Eco-Conscious Valentine

Top Gifts for an Eco-Conscious Valentine

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to remind your eco-conscious loved one just how much they mean to you. You can make the day memorable by planning a special event or meal together and scoring a unique, interesting, and useful eco-friendly gift to offer. Thanks to the ever-growing eco-conscious industry, it should be pretty easy to find something green for your Valentine that meets their specific needs and wants. While organic cotton robes and flowers are always nice, consider kicking things up a notch and really impressing your Valentine with one or more of the ideas Modernize suggests below:

A Wooden Watch

Wooden watches make an awesome Valentine’s Day gift for a variety of reasons. A wooden watch is the gift that keeps on giving all year long, and your loved one is sure to think of you every time they look to see what time it is throughout the day. Consider one of the following options available at WeWood:

Kappa Nut Rough – features multi-function Miyota movement, scratch-proof mineral glass, and made of 100 percent walnut wood.
Leo Terra – boasts brushed leather bands, a hardened glass finish, and a striking color scheme.
Kardo – includes a toxin-free build, includes hypoallergenic material, and has a fully adjustable wristband.

One special feature of the WeWood brand is that the company plants a new tree every time a watch is sold, so you’re really getting your Valentine two gifts in one by choosing a wooden watch this year.


An Indoor Herb Garden

Everyone can enjoy an indoor herb garden, whether it’s mom cooking a family meal in the kitchen, or dad grilling up some barbecue in the backyard. By gifting your Valentine with an indoor herb garden, you’ll be giving a gift of bounty that the whole family will benefit from.

You can put together an indoor herb garden package by investing in three to five gardening pots that will fit on your Valentine’s kitchen windowsills, one cubic foot of soil, and a small container of herb fertilizer granules. Place the items in a wicker basket along with a new set of garden gloves, some herb seed packets (consider basil, thyme, rosemary, and garlic chives), and a new kitchen apron to top things off. Your valentine can plant the herbs right in the kitchen and enjoy watching them grow near the windows.

A Personal Body Massage

Another fun and eco-friendly way to show your love this Valentine’s Day is to offer your loved one a coupon for a full body massage on Valentine’s evening. Buy some herbal massage oil and turn on some relaxing music, then settle in for the night with a few candles, some chocolate, and your newly learned massage techniques. To gain some new tips and tricks for massaging, visit your local library and bring a book with photos home to use as a guide for the night.


These eco-conscious gift ideas are sure to be a hit with your loved one this Valentine’s Day and will offer benefits to take advantage of many months, if not years, afterward. There’s never been a better time since WeWood is offering a Valentine’s Day promotion of FREE STANDARD SHIPPING (US CONTINENTAL ONLY) for all full priced watches and we include a free link removal tool as well until the end of the 14th!