Learn About Titanium Rings
3 Things You Need to Know about Titanium Wedding Bands
What About Titanium Wedding Bands?
In today’s world of men’s wedding rings, titanium wedding bands have become very popular. This lightweight metal is beginning to appear in many varieties - with or without jewels inlaid, in simple and more complex designs. It appears in different finishes, in its natural color and black, and in several grades.
So how do you choose the right titanium wedding band for your future hubby?
Learn a few things about this timeless, chic, eco-friendly metal and consider what type of guy he is when choosing the perfect ring that says “I love you” for the rest of your lives.
What You Need to Know:
Wedding rings are for life, and if you pick one that’s titanium, here’s the top 3 things you should definitely know first.
#1 - Titanium is Incredibly Strong
Even though titanium is less dense - and therefore lighter weight - than other metals, it is strong. Like, really strong. Commercial titanium strength is graded on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being the toughest. Jewelers recommend 99% pure titanium at a 2 to 4 strength for most men’s wedding bands. That level of strength - jewelers agree - should last a man his entire life.
Titanium doesn’t tarnish from air, soil, or salt. It is a poor conductor of heat and electricity, and doesn’t become hot or pose electric risks on anyone’s finger. It’s not scratch proof, but it is scratch resistant, and most scratches can be easily buffed out and the ring re-polished.
Of course, if it needs to be resized, or you want to add an engraving, commercial titanium can be worked with and repaired. It can also be cut off during an emergency using standard tools.
Iron Man? Should be “Titanium Man!”
Some jewelers also make rings and other jewelry from aircraft grade titanium. This titanium alloy is enhanced with traces of other metals to boost its strengths to levels that may be unnecessarily high for most wedding bands.
Aircraft grade titanium sets permanently. It can’t be repaired, engraved, resized, or cut off by standard tools in an emergency situation. If your future hubby needs something that can literally stand up against all damage - no matter what - then maybe aircraft grade titanium isn’t too much.
#2 - True Black Titanium is Treated
Titanium in its natural color is a light to medium grey - like platinum, silver, or white gold. It has a high reflection when polished and can feature many textured finishes. Once purified, titanium doesn’t need much treatment or processing to be turned into beautiful pieces of jewelry.
One of the most popular treatments for titanium is to give it a black finish. The less expensive, temporary method of accomplishing this is to treat only the outer layers of metal on the ring - giving it a black ion plate on the outside. Of course, this is subject to wear over time and the black will fade or be worn off. Some black ion plates begin to show wear in as little as a few months.
For a true and fully black titanium wedding band, find one that has been color treated throughout the ring’s metal. While more expensive, the color is also longer-lasting.
#3 - Titanium is Hypoallergenic
Titanium is so friendly to human biology that it is used for joint replacements and artificial body parts. Because it is one of the purest forms of metal used in jewelry - commercial titanium is 99% pure - it makes an excellent choice for people who are allergic to other metals even in the smallest amounts. It is almost never alloyed with other metals.
Titanium doesn’t tarnish, hold in toxins, stain the skin, or aggravate skin conditions. Because your ring’s design may have texture that can hold debris and trap bacteria, you want to clean it regularly if you have sensitive skin. But titanium is subject to no damage if cleaned by specialty, industrial grade hypoallergenic cleaning products.
Shop Around for the Best Titanium Wedding Bands
One of the best things about titanium is that because it is so popular and one of the most eco-friendly metals to harvest, the prices on titanium rings of all designs are amazing.
From something straightforward to something intricate. From classic to contemporary, titanium is being used in all wedding band designs. And at all price points.
No matter your budget or your future hubby’s personality, this lightweight, heavy-duty, versatile metal fits his finger and lifestyle - without emptying your wallet.