From Forest to Finger...

creating organic wood wedding rings that celebrate your commitment and the earth

Our jewelry

Each piece of Naturaleza Organic Jewelry starts in the forest, where Marlon searches for the perfect organic materials to create unique wood rings. 

Seeds and wood are collected from the forest floor in small quantities, leaving a minimal footprint.

Marlon combines organic elements with 100% recycled metals (sterling silver and gold) to create unique designs that celebrate nature.

Naturaleza Organic Jewelry is created entirely by hand in our home studio in Louisville, Kentucky.

Our mission

Naturaleza Organic Jewelry is a family-run business that is committed to sustainable practices in every aspect of our work.

Our ecofriendly jewelry incorporates recycled, reclaimed and sustainably collected materials. Marlon designs custom pieces that include intricate inlay work and symbols. Each piece is made by hand, especially for you.

Naturaleza Organic Jewelry features ecofriendly wood wedding, engagement and commitment rings with accents in recycled sterling silver and gold. Handmade with the highest quality materials and a unique process, our wood rings are designed to last a lifetime. We also offer cufflinks, earrings and necklaces.

We offer an extensive line of jewelry that is made to order, and gladly accept custom orders for unique designs.


Our story

Marlon Obando Solano grew up exploring the tropical forests surrounding his home in rural San Lorenzo, Nicaragua. Alongside his 11 siblings, Marlon was raised on a small farm where he learned to use what was available to eat, work and play. While he was a student of archaeology he traveled throughout Central America and began experimenting with found natural materials to make jewelry and sculpture.

Amy and Marlon met in Nicaragua, fell in love, and began working together to sell jewelry to friends and travelers. 

Obando Shelton Family 2019 Naturaleza Organic JewelryMarried in 2004, we moved to Kentucky in 2005.  We participated in our first juried art fair within days of the move, where we were awarded “Best in Show.”  Marlon established a small home workshop and continued to create new designs to sell at art fairs throughout the region while also studying English, working as an archaeologist and playing music with his band, Appalatin. Amy worked with the immigrant and refugee community in Louisville and went to graduate school.

In 2007 we opened our Etsy shop, naturalezanica. Later that year Marlon started making more wedding bands. Soon Naturaleza Organic Jewelry found its niche in creating custom made wood wedding rings and selling them online to customers around the world.

In 2011 we had a son, moved to a new house with a more comfortable studio space. In 2012 Amy transitioned into a (mostly) full-time capacity managing the business. Little by little our business has grown and blossomed, and so has our family. In May 2016 we welcomed our daughter to our family.

We are excited to begin a new phase of implementing our vision by reforesting Young guapinol tree, reforestation in San Lorenzo. Naturaleza Organic Jewelry 2019farmland in Nicaragua with native species of trees. We travel to our family farm in Nicaragua regularly to care for the nature sanctuary we are creating and to collaborate with family and community on sustainable farming and economic development projects.


When we met we dreamed of creating a life that would allow us to travel and spend time in Nicaragua and Kentucky with each of our families. We imagined being able to do a little of all of the things we love. We still work towards these goals every day, but we are so grateful for the customers who value our art and our principles, making it possible for us to pursue our dream. Our journey of building a sustainable family business built on integrity, social and environmental justice and meaningful relationships has only just begun. We appreciate your interest and your support.

Green America Certified Business Gold SealNaturaleza Organic Jewelry is a GOLD Green America Certified Business, meeting the highest standards for social and environmental impact. 















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