Alternative Ring Metals
Alternative Metals for Wedding Bands
Alternative metals are a great option for strong and durable men’s wedding bands. The most common are stainless steel, tungsten carbide, titanium, and cobalt.
Each of these is known for its strength and durability. However, they cannot be resized, so make sure you have an accurate ring size before ordering. Below is some information about each alternative metal so you can find the one that’s right for you.
Tungsten carbide is a very dense metal, and it’s so strong that it can’t be bent once forged. This metal also resists corrosion and is considered the most durable. Tungsten carbide can be polished to a very high shine and requires little maintenance. It is also available in many tones, making it easy to find a style you’ll love.
Titanium is very strong but also light, making it a great choice for those who may not like wearing rings. It is highly resistant to dents and bending, and since it’s a pure metal, it is hypoallergenic. The most classic colors of titanium are gray and black, with finishes such as satin, brushed, or high polish.
Stainless Steel Rings
Stainless steel is less likely to rust and corrode than regular steel and other metals. It has some chromium, generally around 10.5%, which prevents rust or stains from appearing. Since it’s not a pure metal, stainless steel is not hypoallergenic, but it may be safe for some people with sensitivities. Different finishes or platings can add a unique look to stainless steel bands.
Platinum is lauded for its strength, durability, and how its bright white shine never fades—qualities that make it the perfect metal for everyday wear. It is the hardest of the natural precious metals, and when used in fine jewelry, is at least 90 percent pure. Despite this hardness, it is possible to resize a platinum ring. A smart choice for brides and grooms allergic to nickel, platinum is considered hypoallergenic. It is rarer and more dense than gold, so a ring rendered in platinum will weigh more than the same ring in gold.