Alternative metals and materials have been embraced by jewelry lovers world-wide. These metals and materials include tungsten, cobalt, titanium, ceramic and stainless steel.
While they aren't part of the precious metals category, these unique alternatives can be crafted into high-quality, durable and striking jewelry.
Mostly used in men's wedding bands, tungsten is a popular metal choice in fine jewelry due to its durability and longevity. Tungsten is combined with carbon and other elements to form an alloy that is 10 times harder than gold. When professionally polished, tungsten has a high, long-lasting gleam and is more scratch-resistant than other precious metals.
Recently, cobalt has become increasingly popular as a material for wedding rings because of its durability, silvery-white shine, hypoallergenic properties and affordable price tag. Perfect for an active lifestyle, cobalt is typically used in men’s wedding bands and rings. Cobalt contains a specific mix of alloys for a beautiful, yet durable, shine.
Similar in color to platinum, titanium is a silver-grey metal that boasts incredible strength without added density and weight. Ideal for those with allergies or skin sensitivities, titanium is hypoallergenic. Although lightweight, titanium jewelry is more resistant to bending and scratching when compared to pieces made from other metals.
Black ceramic rings and wedding bands are known for their light weight and extreme durability. Ceramic rings can be a variety of colors but are commonly produced in black for men’s wedding bands. They are just as scratch-resistant and strong as tungsten wedding bands. If you want a black ring that will remain flawless, then one of our ceramic rings is the perfect choice for you. There are no other black rings that will retain their color forever.
Although not a traditional choice for fine jewelry, stainless steel is being used more frequently for men's rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Its solid durability, hypoallergenic properties and silvery-white color contribute to its appeal. Perfect for those on a budget, stainless steel is a considerably less expensive alternative.