Contemporary Metals Comparison

Alternative metals like tungsten, ceramic, cobalt chrome, and titanium have wonderful characteristics desirable in the creation of contemporary jewelry. However, in addition to their positive qualities, all of these metals have limiting properties. No single metal has all of the positive qualities and none of the limiting qualities. Here are some comparison tables and a list of pros and cons for each of these metals that may help you choose your perfect wedding band.

Contemporary Metal Comparison

Metal
Scratch Resistance
Hypo-Allergenic
Coloring
Emergency Removal
Tungsten
High
Yes
Gray, White, Black
Vice Grip Method
Ceramic
High
Yes
Black, White, Pink
Vice Grip Method
Cobalt Chrome
Moderate
Yes
White
Modified Ring Remover
Titanium
Low
Yes
Gray
Traditional Ring Remover

 

When comparing each contemporary metal, it may be helpful to note each metal's pros and cons. Considering each may help you determine the best metal to meet your lifestyle.

 

Tungsten

Pros
  • Extremely scratch resistant
  • Multiple color options: white, black, & classic gray
  • All wedding bands are comfort-fit
  • Will maintain its finish forever
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Affordable
  • Heavy, substantial feel
  • Lifetime sizing warranty
Cons
  • Cannot be resized
  • Breakable, rings can fracture or shatter if dropped
  • White & black tungsten are not white and black all the way through. They have a hard industrial coating over the natural gray tungsten. They are more scratch-resistant than other metals, but not as scratch resistant as classic tungsten.

 

 

Ceramic

Pros
  • Extremely scratch resistant, maintains its luster forever
  • Multiple color options: black, white, & pink
  • Color is consistent throughout the ring, not coated
  • All wedding bands are comfort-fit
  • Maintains its finish forever
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Affordable
  • Lifetime sizing warranty
Cons
  • Cannot be resized
  • Breakable, rings can fracture or shatter if dropped

 

 

Cobalt Chrome

Pros
  • Naturally white, whitest contemporary metal
  • Shatterproof, resilient, hard
  • More scratch resistant than precious metals
  • Highest permanent luster of contemporary metals
  • Formable, so more creative styles
  • All wedding bands are comfort-fit
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Similar in weight to gold
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Cannot be sized
  • May scratch and show signs of wear, but can be polished to look new

 

 

Titanium

Pros
  • Stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum
  • More styles than any other contemporary metal
  • Naturally gray
  • All wedding bands are comfort-fit
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Cannot be sized
  • May scratch and show signs of wear, but can be polished to look new

 
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