The jewelry world has exploded with options in recent years. While classic metals like yellow gold and platinum continue to dominate the upper end of the price spectrum, affordable styles have emerged that use alternative metals. Titanium wedding rings, tungsten, cobalt, and other types have really taken off in the last decade or so.custom tungsten
Shopping for your first ring is a daunting task—especially if it’s a
wedding band or an engagement ring. You don’t need this stress in your
life! The big life change you’ve planned is enough. Luckily, it’s
actually pretty easy to figure out what kind of ring you want. We put
together this handy infographic to help you understand the differences
between alternative metal wedding rings—and how these rings differ from
traditional materials like gold.
Can you remove a tungsten or titanium ring in an emergency?
Yes! It’s a common misconception that alternative metals,
particularly titanium, tungsten, and cobalt cannot be removed in an
emergency. This is entirely false. There are several non-invasive
techniques that you can try at home to get a ring off. If that fails,
there are dedicated ring cutters that will do the job. If you don’t want
to invest in a ring cutter, most hospital emergency rooms will have the
specialized equipment required to remove these kinds of rings.
However, titanium offers a fantastic combination of high shattering resistance, moderate scratch resistance, and low weight. Though titanium can scratch more than tungsten, for example, it’s not as brittle. And titanium can be buffed out again if it gets overly scratched. But since titanium is harder than gold, the scratches are never as deep as what you find on a gold ring. That means that less material is buffed off when a titanium ring is polished. In other words, a titanium ring can be polished many more times than a gold ring without starting to lose its essential profile.
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