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Understanding the differences in Alternative Metal Wedding Bands.

Posted by Nick Jardine on

For years there were very few choices in the metals you could choose for your wedding bands. You only had gold, platinum or silver to choose from. Over they last few years there has been a surge in the Alternative Metal wedding bands. Now you have Tungsten, Titanium, Cobalt, Stainless Steel, and Ceramic Couture. While having choices are great, most people do not know the benefits and  downfalls to each of the new metals. In this post I hope to inform you enough to make the right decision on which of these metals best suits your needs.

Titanium Wedding Bands Titanium Wedding Bands

Benefits of Titanium:

Our Titanium wedding bands are 99.9% pure surgical implant quality titanium. Titanium is an extremely lightweight, yet durable metal with a silvery gray color and is hypoallergenic, making it the perfect metal for people with metal allergies. Titanium Wedding Bands are extremely popular with men due to the lightweight feel of the band. Titanium bands are priced very reasonably as well which makes it a perfect choice for young couples and people on a tight budget.

Caring for your Titanium Band:

The ideal method for cleaning titanium is with a steamer, but lets face it we do not all have steamers and don't always have time to make it to the local jewelry store just to have our ring cleaned.  You can always clean it hot water and a mild soap, such as dish soap, to remove dirt embedded in diamond bezels or between links. If you do take it to your local jewelry store only allow them to use Ultrasonic cleaners on titanium jewelry without gemstones. 

What happens if a Titanium band gets stuck on my finger. I heard they can not be cut off.

While may traditional removal methods do not work for titanium dont get too worried. Go to your local jewelry store. A trained jeweler can use an electric ring cutter to cut the ring at two opposite sides of the ring. Once it is cut on opposite side the ring should just fall off.

View our line of Titanium Wedding Bands here.

Cobalt Wedding Bands Cobalt Wedding Bands

Benefits of Cobalt

Cobalt is a bio-friendly material commonly used in prosthetics such as hip replacements. This durable metal stays white without re-plating, is extremely scratch resistant and unlike many of the alternative metals  Cobalt is sizeable to ¼ size.

Caring for your Cobalt Wedding Band

While Cobalt is a super durable metal it is sensitive to harsh chemicals. All you really need to do is clean it with a mild soap, such as dish soap, and warm water and gently dry it with a soft cloth. Do NOT expose  cobalt to harsh chemicals such as chlorine.

What do I do if my Cobalt Wedding Band gets stuck on my finger?

Cobalt is extremely strong. You will need to visit your jeweler to remove a cobalt band with an electric ring cutter or a diamond coated drill. The ring will need to be cut at two opposite sides of the ring to allow the ring to break in two halves.

View our line of Cobalt Wedding Bands here.

Tungsten Wedding BandsTungsten Wedding Bands

Tungsten Wedding Bands

Tungsten steel is formed by forging the metal together at 1,400 degrees Celsius. This method of forging form rings that are virtually indestructible. Tungsten is scratch resistant and always has permanently polished look.

Caring for your Tungsten Wedding Band

Tungsten is very easy to clean. There are many ways you can do this including   soap and hot water, alcohol, or a steam cleaner. Do not use any other jewelry cleaners or  harsh chemicals for cleaning your tungsten band.  While Tungsten is extremely durable, the potential for cracking does exist, so keep your ring away from extreme forces. If your Tungsten Band includes gold or silver inlays your jeweler may polish these inlays.

What if my finger size changes? You can't size Tungsten.

If your finger size ever changes, all you need to do is send us back the ring and we will replace it with a new ring size under our lifetime sizing policy. Please contact us to receive a RMA number for exchange. When you ship the ring to us please include a copy of your receipt and the manufacturer’s warranty. No package will be accepted without a valid RMA number.

Tungsten Colors

Tungsten wedding bands are available in gray, white, and black.

What if I get my Tungsten Band Stuck on my finger?

Tungsten wedding bands can be removed by using a special ring cracker. Please visit your local jeweler for assistance in removing your band.

View our Line of Tungsten Wedding Bands here.

Ceramic Wedding Bands      Ceramic Wedding Bands

Benefits of Ceramic Wedding Bands

Ceramic wedding bands are made from a hi-tech aerospace material. Ceramic wedding bands have a permanently polished look, is color fast is lightweight, and heat resistant.

Caring for your Ceramic Wedding Band

Ceramic Wedding bands are easy to clean. The easiest way is simply soap and hot water. You may also use alcohol, or a steam cleaner. Do not use any other cleaners or chemicals on a ceramic wedding band as you can damage the item. With ceramic wedding bands the potential for cracking does exist, so keep your ring away from extreme forces. If your Ceramic wedding band includes a silver, gold or platinum inlay your jeweler may polish these inlays.

What if my finger size changes?

Lets face it we all go up and down in weight through our lifetime . If your finger size changes and you need a different size, we will replace it under our lifetime sizing policy. Please contact us to receive a RMA number for exchange. When you ship the ring to us please include a copy of your receipt and the manufacturer’s warranty. No package will be accepted without a valid RMA number.

Ceramic Wedding Band Colors

Ceramic Wedding Bands are available in Pink, white, and black.

What if my Ceramic Wedding Band gets stuck on my finger?

Ceramic wedding bands can  only be removed with a special ring cracking tool. Please visit your local for assistance in removing your band.

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