Let’s get right to it! Let’s assume that you decided to buy a wedding band that is not a precious metal, such as gold or platinum, and wanted to consider alternative choices, such as titanium, tungsten and ceramics. How do you decide which one to buy? This article will help you make that decision.*
The harder the material, the less likely it is to scratch and the more likely it will retain its like-new polish.
- Titanium, Ceramics and Tungsten Carbide materials are all extremely hard, durable materials-many times harder than any precious metal.
- Titanium and Ceramics are closer in hardness, of the 3 alternatives.
- Tungsten Carbide is harder than both Titanium and Ceramics.
- Tungsten Carbide is virtually scratch resistant and will retain its polish for a life time.
The definition of “destructibility” that we will apply here is when damage is so extensive that the ring cannot be practically repaired.
- Titanium is a strong, high tech metal that will bend until flat if sufficient pressure is applied.
- Tungsten Carbide and Ceramics are both brittle and will shatter with sufficient pressure.
- As a side note, many people believe that Tungsten Carbide and Ceramic rings are safer to wear in the event of an accident when a bent ring can severely restrict blood flow to the finger.
- Titanium is a very light metal that is used in airplane construction. It is 43% lighter than Tungsten Carbide and stainless steel.
- Ceramicsis also a very light material that is lighter than Titanium Carbide but heavier than Titanium.
- Tungsten Carbide is about 90% heavier than Titanium and stainless steel.
- All 3 of the alternatives are hypoallergenic and will not cause skin rashes or irritation to a wearer.
- When tungsten is combined with cobalt, it can cause skin irritation. It is important to ask if cobalt is added.
This section describes the limitations as they relate to jewelry.
- Titanium cannot be soldered, which makes it an impractical metal for setting prongs for diamonds and precious gems.
- Tungsten Carbide rings are almost impossible to re-size or engrave, because the metal is so hard, which makes it an absolute necessity that the ring be ordered with the correct size.
- Titanium rings cannot normally be re-sized to a smaller size – but they can be stretched ¼ to ½ size increase. Titanium rings can be engraved.
- Ceramic rings cannot be resized, but can be engraved.
- Ceramic wedding bands are available in a variety of colors and styles and can be combined with other materials and metals, such as gold and platinum, to create interesting and fashionable jewelry. A very good feature of colored ceramics is that the color will never fade. It can be engraved, beveled, grooved of faceted, which gives designers artistic freedom in creating modern and unique jewelry.
- Both Titanium and Tungsten Carbide have creative limitations compared to ceramics, but they can be combined with other materials and metals.
- All 3 options are priced at similar low competitive prices compared to all precious metals and are extremely affordable.