In the 1990s titanium rings appeared on the market as a fashion accessory for men. As their popularity grew and the rings became more common, jewelers began crafting titanium rings as lightweight alternatives to traditional wedding bands. Like traditional rings of gold or silver, titanium rings can be made with custom designs, inlays, and colors. But there are several other advantages to titanium wedding rings you should consider.
Maybe you or someone you know has had an adverse skin reaction when wearing a piece of jewelery. Such reactions are caused by a metal allergy. Symptoms of a metal allergy include itching, dry skin, swelling of the skin, and rashes. These symptoms are usually found in the area of contact, though in severe cases they can spread to other parts of the body.
The most common metal allergy is nickel allergy. Coincidentally, nickel is commonly used when crafting jewelery. Titanium, however, is biocompatible (sometimes called hypoallergenic), meaning it's non-toxic to the human body and will cause no reaction in those with metal allergies. If you're concerned about any possible health effects of jewelery, titanium is arguably the safest choice you can make.
Despite being lightweight, titanium is incredibly durable, with strength comparable to steel. This strength is beneficial in several ways and ensures your ring will retain its beauty for years.
Titanium is much stronger than more traditional ring metals like gold and silver. This means that titanium won't scratch as easily as those metals, nor will it dent. What's more, titanium rings maintain their shape better over time and use due to having a high fatigue resistance. Titanium rings also resist corrosion and can be exposed to sea water and chlorinated water without worry. It's rare that titanium rings need to be shined or buffed.
Because different metals will react differently to cleaning agents, maintaining jewelery can be a difficult task. There's a wide number of different solutions available depending on the materials used, but cleaning a titanium ring is simple. In a case where the ring isn't embellished with stones, all that is needed is a small bowl of warm water mixed with one teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Just soak the ring in this solution for a few minutes, then scrub it with a soft-bristled brush. Afterward simply rinse the ring with warm water and dry it with a cloth.
Titanium is a very affordable material. Metal prices are affected by several factors, including preparation processes. This doesn't just mean the making of an item (like jewelery) itself. It can mean anything from refining a metal to combining multiple types of metal into one. Illustrious metals like gold and silver, which are often used as financial investments, are also affected by rarity and global economic conditions, which drive up the prices of products used to make them.
Crafting of titanium into rings takes less time than most other metals because it doesn't require a long preparation process. This allows for it to be a less expensive alternative to more traditional metals. Because the base price is low, adorning a titanium wedding ring with stones or other metals is also cost-effective.
With all these things considered titanium wedding rings are a smart choice. They won't cause illness or break the bank, are easily cared for, and can be customized like other rings, allowing your wedding ring to make a unique statement.