Titanium buying guide
Titanium is a unique and strong metal that is an ideal choice for men's wedding bands. Titanium combines lightweight strength with a tarnish and corrosion resistance. Since titanium is light, it is easy to wear and perfect for those with an active lifestyle. Because of its strength to weight ration, titanium is favored throughout the aerospace industry.
Titanium is extremely resistant to corrosive fluids such as solvents and sweat. Titanium is also hypoallergenic and won't cause any skin irritation or allergic reaction.
Titanium used in jewelry is typically an alloy of 90% titanium and 10% vanadium and aluminium. Titanium is naturally a gray-silver metal.
Titanium is highly resistant to corrosion, does not easily tarnish and retains its luster. It is much harder than other metals and does not damage or lose shape easily.
Titanium is too hard to be shaped into certain designs such as rings with prongs
Resizing a titanium ring is generally not possible. Too hard, not malleable. Very limited designs in titanium for women.
Titanium’s color is slightly darker than that of white gold or platinum. Because of its durability, titanium is usually machined from a single piece of metal (which is why it cannot be used for engagement ring prongs, for example)
It does not rust or lose its color
Titanium cannot be made into a ring with a prong setting, so it can't be used for a traditional-looking engagement ring unless the prong setting is made of a different metal and riveted onto the titanium. People can avoid this by having only the groom's wedding band made out of titanium and using a different material for the bride's set. Another disadvantage is that titanium rings can be difficult to fit. Titanium cannot be soldered, so if your ring is too large, it cannot be made smaller. If you need it made larger, the only option is to remove the material from the inner part of the band to make it slightly bigger.
Titanium is lighter in weight than gold, silver and especially Damascus steel. That's just the nature of the beast. If you are a man who needs a ring that won't weigh down his hands when he sets himself to a manly task, this is a point in titanium's favor. You get more ring per ounce, plain and simple.
While titanium's strength limits its ability to be shaped and molded, it also lends it a durability greater than that of most other wedding band types, in terms of strength. Titanium is far more resistant to squishing and bending than say, gold. That is a major bonus to a man whose hands often find themselves in and around heavy machinery, where a lesser ring could collapse and become a liability. However, just because it's strong doesn't mean it will resistance said durability offers, which cuts down on the wear and tear a working man will endure.
Of course, this same strength brings a few downsides to the party as well. See, in the more extreme of those previously mentioned heavy-machinery situations, titanium isn't perfect. If your ring hit rocks or tool in your manly activity, it can scratch. The good news is it isn't as much of a scratch magnet as solid gold, but it will scratch, which can become part of it's weathered and cool look. Just know, strength does not beget scratch resistance.
The other con to note is that, with most alternative metals, titanium is not resizable. For a man who finds his fingers growing or shrinking as time marches on, titanium may not be the best fit, although a thorough sizing with our Manly Ring Sizer can make the whole process a bit easier.
CARING FOR TITANIUM
Titanium is a naturally-occurring element and is affects by harsh chemicals like chlorine and other cleaning products
Titanium is softer than tungsten and more prone to scratches so please be mindful of this. Depending on the finish of the titanium, it can be polished in the event of scratches but please bear in mind that not all finishes can be restored
Titanium rings cannot be resized