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Contemporary Wedding Ring Metal Buyer's Guide

Are you interested in contemporary metal wedding rings but you're not sure which ones are best suited for you? This easy-to-read guide provides you with essential information about contemporary metals. We hope these answers about wedding band materials help you find a great ring you'll treasure forever.

What is the strongest metal for a contemporary ring?

The toughest, strongest metal used to make wedding bands is titanium. This hardy metal is stronger that steel, and steel is used to build skyscrapers. Titanium bands have an appealing natural grey color, and rings are shaped and handcrafted into classic design styles. Our choice for runner-up in this category is cobalt chrome. Wedding bands made of cobalt chrome are hard enough to be shatterproof, and yet, these rings are compatible in weight to gold rings.

What is the best metal for contemporary engagement rings?

Everyone has favorite metals, and that makes it impossible for us to choose a single metal as the best. We recommend briefly reading about the pros and cons of each metal type, and then use that information to decide which one you like the best. For instance, if you like titanium, take a moment to check out titanium rings pros and cons before making a final decision.

What is the most scratch-resistant contemporary ring metal?

While no metal is 100 percent scratch-proof, you can easily narrow your choices down to rings that hardly ever scratch. The metal that offers the best scratch-resistance is tungsten. On the downside, tungsten rings may suffer fractures, or completely shatter when dropped. If you don't mind polishing a few scratches here and there, cobalt chrome bands and grey or black titanium band styles are good choices.

Which contemporary metals are hypoallergenic?

All contemporary ring metals are hypoallergenic.

Are there metals that cannot be resized?

If you think you'll need to resize a wedding band, contemporary metal bands are not the right choice. Cobalt chrome, titanium and tungsten wedding bands cannot be resized. If metal allergies are not a problem, white gold bands are easy to resize and they offer a good amount of scratch-resistance. If you want a durable, hypoallergenic ring with a resizing option, and you're okay with a metal that scratches easily, check out our Palladium wedding band collection.

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