Many men want a wedding band that won’t break, scratch, dent or otherwise be ruined by their normal activities. They want to be able to free climb mountains, wrestle bulls, ride sharks and other manly activities without worrying about their wedding band getting a nasty scratch on it. We’re going to take a look at 3 different options and weigh the benefits of each one.
Quick disclaimer: Tantalum is not included on this list. The main reason is just that the metal is expensive and rare; plus is also develops a natural pattern on it that resembles wear. Tantalum is also still listed as a conflict metal.
Most people are familiar with Titanium. The name alone invokes thoughts of indestructibility. Titanium is an incredibly strong, scratch-resistant, crack-resistant metal that doesn’t tarnish and handles polishing very well. It’s a very plain metal, but most men like that.
Titanium wedding bands are typically a sleek black, silver or grayish color. You can do some interesting designs, though they typically involve embedding lines of other metals through the middle. Titanium does handle engravings quite well, so it works for those looking to engrave their partner’s name directly on their ring.
-Scratch and Crack Resistant
-Handles Polishing Very Well
-Limited design options
-Limited color options
If you want a shiny wedding band, Cobalt is definitely the answer. While it limits you design-wise, you can inlay wood and other materials to mix it up a bit. However, with cobalt you’re going to get a silver and/or black ring and you’re going to like it. I don’t mean that sarcastically either because Cobalt looks excellent if treated right with a good design.
It comes with its downsides, however. Really good Cobalt designs can drive the price up pretty quick. It’s probably the hardest of the three metals to work with and techniques such as brushing can send the cost into the thousands easily, though you can still get a very affordable Cobalt band if you don’t want an overly flashy design.
Cobalt is also alloyed with synergistic metals as pure Cobalt isn’t actually that strong by itself.
-Requires no polishing and very little maintenance
-Extremely hard, durable and resistant
-Very nice-looking, price-conscious options
-Looks absolutely amazing with embedded gemstones such as Sapphire
-It’s probably going to have a platinum color
-Hammered, sharper edges on designs
-Not as hard as Tungsten
-Has to be alloyed with other metals
You won’t find anything more scratch-resistant than Tungsten. It’s 3 times harder than the other options we’ve explored, but there’s a risk here. The metal, while resistant to scratching, has fault lines like a diamond would. Once you get into the high-end of the hardness scale, metals start to show faults.
Let’s be clear: it’s very unlikely that your wedding band would ever shatter. You’d have to smash it very hard at the right angle for it to do so and, if it’s on your hand during this event, you’re going to have bigger concerns than your ring. Unreasonable fear mongering doesn’t generally help and Tungsten is a very versatile and design-friendly option, so I’m not going to harp on the fault line issue too much.
-Very versatile design-wise, used for a lot of atypical designs
-Can easily be gold-plated, brushed or engraved
-Handles embeds very well
-Designs can be a bit pricier, but still very reasonable (this could be a Pro just as easily)
-Has fault lines that can lead to the ring breaking in very, very rare circumstances