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Metal for Men's Bands

For men's wedding bands, alternative metals can make for an ultra-strong, damage-resistant option. But which is right for you? We've stacked up the four major alternative metals - cobalt, titanium, tungsten carbide, and stainless steel - by the major benefits of each.


If you suffer from metal allergies, such as nickel, you'll want a material that will keep you free from any irritation. Try cobalt and titanium for sensitive skin types.

The strongest of the strong

Cobalt, titanium, tungsten carbide, and stainless steel are all incredibly strong, but tungsten carbide is considered the most durable. Extremely dense, this metal cannot be manipulated or bent once forged.

Traditional metal look

If you're looking for the qualities of an alternative metal with the appearance of a traditional fine metal, consider cobalt. In its natural form, cobalt has a white look that is comparable to traditional metals.

Unique appearance

In addition to strength and toughness, you may be in the market for something distinct and unexpected. Alternative metals can take on a variety of colors and finishes that are sure to please those looking to achieve a unique style.

Intense shine: Tungsten carbide polishes to a high shine finish.

Black color: Cobalt, tungsten carbide, titanium, and stainless steel are all available in black.

All four of these alternative metals share the following qualities

  • Superior strength
  • Durability
  • The inability to be resized
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