When market forces began driving up the price of gold, couples began looking for alternatives. Lower wedding ring pricing meant moving from precious metals – yellow gold, white gold and platinum – to other designs and choices. Alternative metals can be harder and more durable than gold with a lower price tag. Alternative metals include titanium, one of the strongest and durable metals for jewelry. It is hypoallergenic and great for those that work with their hands as it does not corrode, dent, or scratch.
Other metals used for wedding bands include Tungsten, which is also hypoallergenic as well as extremely hard compared to precious metals. Black zirconium is similar to titanium and creates a black lustrous layer when heat treated.
Damascus steel is a blend of more than 100 layers of two different types of stainless steel. No two rings are alike when the layers are forged together. Another durable alloy that is scratch-resistant and four times harder than precious metals is cobalt. Cobalt does not oxidize, has a color that is similar to platinum, and is hypoallergenic.
However, these different styles of men’s wedding bands with durable metals become good choices for men with certain busy lifestyles. The hard metals can be a practical choice especially for men who work with their hands or perform manual labor. Some of the more masculine, contemporary etched rings also may better reflect a man’s personality and style while appearing fashionable.
A masculine-looking plain or etched titanium ring may give him a new perspective on jewelry while reducing out-of-pocket expense for these bands worn for a lifetime.