Choosing your wedding ring
There are some incredible materials on the market these days when it comes to mens wedding rings. Never before have men been so spoilt for choice. Broadly speaking there are three main categories which people can choose from when deciding on the material they want. That is contemporary metals, traditional materials and coatings. There is also ceramic options but it is quite rare that people would choose a ceramic ring to use as a wedding ring.
Its important that you explore all the options when deciding on a material for your wedding ring because you need to be sure that it is going to work for you, potentially for the rest of your life. Here we hope to explain what the best wedding ring materials are for your needs.
Traditional metals – The traditional metals are metals that have been used for many decades. These include mainly gold, silver and platinum. These metals have been great servants for many years however the biggest deficiency with these materials is the softness of them. What this means is that they’ll scratch very easily. 18ct gold offers very poor performance when it comes to scratch resistance, as does Silver. You would expect that both of these materials will scratch upon the first wear.
Coatings – These include powdercoating, electroplating and PVD coatings. Powdercoating is somewhat redundant these days because of the terrible performance they offer. You could quite possibly scratch some of the coating away within days. Electroplating tends to serve a unique purpose, and can do it well when the plating is well hidden (such as in a channel or groove). But if the electroplating is exposed, then it will definitely scratch. Lastly we have PVD coatings, such as Titanium Nitride. These coatings are very hard and are often used as a coating on industrial devices such as for example drill bits. But again, PVD coatings, under the right circumstances, will not last. If you have a black coating, that coating will eventually scratch. We have seen examples of Titanium Nitride, which has for whatever reason not been applied to an acceptable standard, and it fractures badly when placed under stress.
Lastly there is contemporary metals. These include Titanium, Tungsten and Cobalt Chrome. These 3 materials offer great versatility in the way they perform. Each of these metals is very unique, with Tungsten being very gray and incredibly hard and therefore scratch resistant. Titanium is also quite gray, and is softer and therefore less scratch resistant than Tungsten. Cobalt is whiter and its hardness is somewhere between Titanium and Tungsten. Cobalt Chrome rings offer a great balance between softness and scratch resistance. Titanium and Cobalt rings also offer a wide range of designs because they are that much softer than Tungsten.
There is a summary of some of the choices that men now have when it comes to wedding ring materials that they can choose from. Its important to have a good understanding of the pros and cons of the material that you’re choosing so that you don’t end up with that dreaded buyers remorse!!