When it comes to ring selection, there’s always a general idea about what it should look like.
Perhaps it should look like the design you saw online yesterday, or the delectable piece on your newly engaged friend’s finger, or simply the type of design you’ve always worn or wanted to wear.
The challenge is usually in choosing the right metal and this is something that most people have absolutely no idea about. Of course it all depends on your budget and lifestyle but more importantly on the kind of wear and tear your ring is likely to go through.
So no more guesswork when you are out ring shopping. Here are some tips for men provided by Alan Perry on metal choice.
- Platinum versus Palladium. Platinum is a timeless option for today’s groom, but don’t forget about palladium, its more cost-efficient cousin. Both are considered noble metals and are hypoallergenic. Platinum is a natural gray metal and will form a patina as it ages. Palladium is “forever white”.
- Yellow Gold versus White Gold. This is the most traditional of all wedding band choices. It’s a malleable metal and can be reshaped, polished, stretched and sized throughout its life. The exact color will be a matter of preference.
- Tungsten Carbide. Tungsten carbide is extremely hard and scratch-resistant. An excellent option for the handyman in your life. It’s not hypoallergenic because most tungsten-carbide blends have trace elements of nickel. For a groom who wants that dark gray, heavy look it’s is an exceptional choice.
- Tantalum. Tantalum is a rare, dense, blue-gray colored hypoallergenic metal. A great alternative to gold or platinum. It can be stretched or condensed up to a half-size. Unlike other metals, it’s shatterproof, biocompatible and economical for grooms of all ages.
- Titanium. Titanium is a lustrous transition metal with a low density. It is of high strength and is extremely economical. Rings made with it are NOT malleable, cannot be stretched and will scratch.
- Cobalt Chrome. Cobalt chrome is an alloy of cobalt and chromium. With a strong white metal look and the closest match to white gold, it’s strong, highly resistant and biocompatible. Its rings cannot be sized, nor stretched, but they can withstand everyday activities.