Types of Metals for Rings


When you go shopping for rings, whether it be an engagement ring, a statement piece or just a little something special for yourself, it can get confusing. Rose gold, Gold, Silver, Titanium, Platinum. . . there are so many choices? Are there differences besides their appearances? The short answer is yes, there is a variety of differences to take into consideration when debating which metal to choose for your ring including, if it’s scratch resistance, weight and if it’s resizable. Here is a quick and easy guide to help you make the right decision on which metal to for your ring to be made of.

Titanium

Titanium is becoming a popular choice for wedding jewelry. This is because it’s lightweight and it’s strength make it comfortable and easy to wear. Being that it’s usually nickel free, it’s also very hypoallergenic and is tarnish resistant. However, it has a lower resistance to scratching.


Black Ceramic

Black ceramic is one of the hardest materials known to man. This is why it is becoming a modern alternative to the traditional, gold wedding band. Only a few things in the world can scratch this jewelry, this allows it to retain its glossy appearance over a long period of time. It has an ability to resist showing signs of wear. The cons of black ceramic is that it is not sizable and may break if hit hard enough against a hard surface.


Cobalt Chrome

Cobalt chrome is as white as platinum, hypoallergenic, unbreakable and scratch resistant. This metal is heavier than titanium but lighter than tungsten and most commonly they are rounded on the inside, which adds to their comfort level. It also has the ability to be sized slightly without adding or removing metal.


Rose Gold

Rose gold is a stylish spin on traditional yellow gold. This contains a mixture of gold and copper alloy. The more copper alloy infused the redder the color. Rose gold has a high scratch resistance. It’s bright color is the reason it is becoming increasingly popular in the fashion world.


Yellow Gold

Yellow Gold is a very traditional, classic choice for rings. It has a high scratch resistance and is also more affordable than other metals. Taking these factors and the fact that there is a variety of color and karat options available, it is still a very popular choice.


Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is both durable and fashionable. It is naturally white in color and is very light weight. Stainless steel is hypoallergenic and tarnish resistant. However, it has a fairly low scratch resistance.


Tungsten

Tungsten is a uniquely forged metal. It is ten times harder than 18kt gold and has a luxurious light weight similar to platinum. Tungsten is strong, hypoallergenic and tarnish resistant. It will retain its polished look for near close to forever.


Platinum

Platinum is more rare than gold. It has a high strength level but is also a little heavy. Platinum is hypoallergenic, scratch resisant and never tanishes.It does not expand when exposed to heat and unlike white gold, it is naturally white. Platinum is steadily gaining ranks when it comes to wedding and engagement rings because of its durability.


Silver

Silver is another timeless and popular choice, especially for those who prefer the look of white metal. Being a very soft metal, silver rings will show wear faster than other types, but allows for carving and engraving. Like gold, it is also an affordable choice compared to other metal choices.


Metal

Weight

Scratch Resistance

Color Variety

Re-sizable

Titanium

Light

Low

Gray

No

Black Ceramic

Medium

Extremely High

Black

No

Cobalt Chrome

Medium

Medium

White

No

Gold

Medium

Low

Yellow, White, Rose

Yes

Stainless Steel

Medium

Low

White

No

Silver

Heavy

Low

Silver

Yes

Tungsten

Heavy

Extremely High

White, Classic, Gray, Black

No

Platinum

Heavy

Medium

Silver/White

Yes


So there’s an easy guide that gives you the basic need to knows of the most popular metal types that are found for rings. Don’t worry about mixing metals, it’s not as taboo anymore. Our post Mixing Metals: Yay or Nay will answer all your questions about that and give you some tips on pulling it off. So, pick your needs and you can find which metal will work best for your ideal ring. Now you just need to make sure you pick the right ring size. Check out our post How to Find Your Perfect Ring Size!


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