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Choosing the Right Material for Your Wedding Band

Choosing the Right Material for Your Wedding Band

December 23, 2019

There are tons of options when choosing your wedding band and several considerations to take when making the choice. Ideally this is a ring you will be wearing for the rest of your life, so making sure you get the right wedding ring for you is important. The first and most limiting factor will likely be cost. Quality wedding bands for men can range from $75 on the more affordable end to several thousands of dollars on the expensive end. Once you have a budget, it's time to think about what material will fit your lifestyle and design requirements. Do you have an allergy to certain metals? Do you have a job that requires a ring that can be easily removed or cut? Based on these questions and more, we've put together the definitive guide on picking the best wedding ring.  

Pros and Cons of a Platinum Ring

 

Quick Facts about Platinum Wedding Rings

  • Price: $$$$ Over $1000
  • Weight: Heavy
  • Hardness: Medium - 4.5 Mohs
  • Can be Resized: Yes
  • Color Variation: None, unless inlaid with other material
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Chemical Resistance: Medium

Platinum Wedding Band Pros: 

  • Platinum rings will generally retain their value longer and at a higher rate than many other materials
  • If you want a heavy ring, this is the material for you
  • Medium-rated hardness and chemical resistance, will hold up in most situations. 
  • Can be resized by a local jeweler without ordering a new ring. 

Platinum Wedding Band Cons:

  • Platinum is one of the most expensive wedding ring materials
  • If you want a lighter ring, this is not the material for you
  • Can be scratched if worn while working with other metals or hard objects

Pros and Cons of a Solid Gold Ring

 

Quick Facts about Solid Gold Wedding Rings

  • Price: $$$ 
  • Weight: Medium-Heavy
  • Hardness: Soft - 3 Mohs
  • Can be Resized: Yes
  • Color Variation: White, Yellow, Rose, unless inlaid with other materials
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Chemical Resistance: Medium

Solid Gold Wedding Band Pros: 

  • Retains value over time and makes a great heirloom to pass down
  • Gold rings can be resized by a local jeweler
  • Gold rings come in multiple color and texture options
  • Medium weight for a ring with heft that isn't too heavy
  • Gold rings are cheaper than platinum rings

Solid Gold Wedding Band Cons: 

  • Gold rings are more easily scratched than most other materials
  • Gold rings are our second most expensive material

Pros and Cons of a Tungsten Ring

 

Quick Facts about Tungsten Wedding Rings

  • Price: $$
  • Weight: Heavy
  • Hardness: Extremely High - 9 Mohs
  • Can be Resized: No
  • Color Variation: Black, Gold, Silver, Rose, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple
  • Hypoallergenic: Mostly
  • Chemical Resistance: Medium

Tungsten Wedding Band Pros: 

  • Very hard with superior scratch resistance
  • Tungsten carbide rings are a more affordable material while maintaining quality
  • They offer the most color combinations out of any materials except silicone rings, including red and black tungsten rings
  • Tungsten can shatter, making them acceptable for certain working conditions

Tungsten Wedding Band Cons: 

  • Tungsten rings cannot be resized
  • Tungsten rings may shatter if dropped onto concrete from 6ft or higher

Pros and Cons of a Titanium Ring

 

Quick Facts about Titanium Wedding Rings

  • Price: $$
  • Weight: Light
  • Hardness:  Medium-High - 6 Mohs
  • Can be Resized: No
  • Color Variation: None, Silver
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Chemical Resistance: Strong

Titanium Wedding Band Pros: 

  • If you're looking for a light ring then titanium is the material for you
  • Titanium rings are a more affordable material while maintaining quality
  • Titanium has a strong chemical resistance
  • With a medium-high hardness rating, it is more difficult to scratch a titanium ring

Titanium Wedding Band Cons:

  • If you're looking for a heavy ring then this is not the material for you
  • Titanium rings cannot be resized

Pros and Cons of a Damascus Steel Ring

 

Quick Facts about Damascus Steel Wedding Rings

  • Price: $$
  • Weight: Medium
  • Hardness: Medium - 5.5 Mohs
  • Can be Resized: No
  • Color Variation: Multiple - Silver, Black, Gold, Blue, Green, Red, Orange
  • Hypoallergenic: Contains some nickle
  • Chemical Resistance: Medium, Avoid salt water and chlorine

Damascus Steel Wedding Band Pros: 

  • Damascus steel rings come in several color options]
  • These rings have a medium hardness, eliminating most everyday scratches
  • Damascus rings offer one of the most unique metal styles and grains

Damascus Steel Wedding Band Cons:

  • Damascus steel rings cannot be resized
  • These rings may contain some nickel and it's best to avoid salt water and chlorine

Pros and Cons of a Silicone Ring

 

Quick Facts about Silicone Wedding Rings

  • Price: $
  • Weight: Extremely Light
  • Hardness: Extremely Soft
  • Can be Resized: No
  • Color Variation: Multiple - Black, Gray, Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow, Purple
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Chemical Resistance: Low

Silicone Wedding Band Pros: 

  • Silicone rings are our most affordable wedding bands
  • They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes
  • Silicone rings are extremely light and soft and can be worn in any profession

Silicone Wedding Band Cons:

  • Silicone rings cannot be resized (unless you count slight stretching)
  • Likely will not last an entire lifetime
  • Do not have a high chemical resistance

Pros and Cons of a Rose Gold Ring

 

Quick Facts about Rose Gold Wedding Rings

  • Price: $$$
  • Weight: Medium Heavy
  • Hardness: Soft - 3.5 Mohs
  • Can be Resized: Yes
  • Color Variation: Rose Gold - None, unless inlaid with other materials
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Chemical Resistance: Strong

Rose Gold Wedding Band Pros: 

  • Quality precious metal that stands out from white or yellow gold
  • Retains value over time and makes a great heirloom to pass down
  • Rose Gold rings can be resized by a local jeweler

Rose Gold Wedding Band Cons:

  • Like all gold rings, Rose gold is a soft metal that is easily scratched
  • Generally slightly more expensive than white or yellow gold

Pros and Cons of a Cobalt Chrome Ring

 

Quick Facts about Cobalt Chrome Wedding Rings

  • Price: $$
  • Weight: Medium
  • Hardness: High - 7 Mohs
  • Can be Resized: Slightly (.5 size)
  • Color Variation: None
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes - contains trace amounts of nickel
  • Chemical Resistance: Strong

Cobalt Chrome Wedding Band Pros: 

  • Cobalt chrome rings are fairly hard, increasing their scratch resistance
  • Cobalt rings can be resized slightly up to .5 size increments
  • These rings have a strong chemical resistance
  • Cobalt rings are a a good medium between Tungsten and Gold. Get the price of tungsten with some of the look and malleability of gold. 

Cobalt Chrome Wedding Band Cons:

  • May contain trace amounts of nickel
  • Do not have any color variations

Pros and Cons of a Wood Ring

 

Quick Facts about Wood Wedding Rings

  • Price: $
  • Weight: Light
  • Hardness: Soft
  • Can be Resized: No
  • Color Variation: Lighter and Darker Woods with various inlays options
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Chemical Resistance: Low

Wood Wedding Band Pros: 

  • Wood rings offer a unique look and feel
  • They are more affordable than most other ring types
  • Wood rings are lighter than most rings except silicone and titanium. 

Wood Wedding Band Cons:

  • Wood rings cannot be resized
  • Wood wedding rings are more easily scratched and susceptible to wear and tear. 

Pros and Cons of a Black Zirconium Ring

 

Quick Facts about Zirconium Wedding Rings

  • Price: $$
  • Weight: Medium-Heavy
  • Hardness: Extremely Hard - 9 mohs
  • Can be Resized: No
  • Color Variation: None, Black unless unlaid with other materials
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Chemical Resistance: Strong

Black Zirconium Wedding Band Pros: 

  • Zirconium rings are extremely hard and scratch resistant
  • They have a strong chemical resistance and are hypoallergenic
  • Zirconium rings are medium-heavy weight, comparable to tungsten

Black Zirconium Wedding Band Cons:

  • Zirconium rings cannot be resized
  • They come in only black, unless they are inlaid with another material