Post # 1
Fiance and I are not your average run of the mill, “let’s go to KAY and choose a wedding band” kind of people. We both want interesting materials and design. Him more than me though. He’s been obsessing over hand forged iron rings on etsy for the past few weeks. He actually got a quote on one yesterday. $50 for a handmade pure iron ring as his wedding band.
Along the lines of this (except not lined with silver)
I’m expecting it to look like this in a year!
Most of the treatments to keep iron from rusting turn the iron black, and he doesnt want a black ring.
Do you have an Iron ring? I am afraid of it rusting all over the place!
Post # 3
Does he understand that Iron can stain his skin? What about stearing him towards stainless steele or one of the carbides? I have a stainless ring and so does Darling Husband and we both love them and they can do about any finish that he chooses.
Post # 4
@tksjewelry: oh im trying to pursuade him… if im the one buying that ring, i don’t want him to get an iron ring. I need to see some people who have them, then i’ll think about it! But if no one does, then i think it won’t happen haha
Post # 5
Maybe try showing him something like this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/85863198/hammered-pattern-stainless-steel-3mm?ref=sr_gallery_4&sref=&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=hammered+stainless+steel+ring&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade
It’s stainless steel, it looks really cool, and it’s 30 bucks. Can’t beat that! Etsy has some really neat stainless steel or tungsten rings. Tungsten is also a good choice because it has that awesome gun-metal color. Really manly.
Post # 6
What about tungsen? Fi and I looking into different metals as well.. I’m not sure iron has as much longevity as some other metals available.
Tungsten and titanium will hold up better in the long run, Tungsten especially will have a similar feel (weight wise) to iron.
Post # 7
@woodwindwaker: I sent him that link. we’ll see how he likes it! i could swing $30 haha
@capergrrl: We wanted tungsten, but now every single guy that we know has a tungsten wedding band. He doesn’t want something everyone else has. I told him he could just get another style.. but he’s a bit stubborn haha. I’d be picky too. Rest of your life!
Post # 8
I have a suggestion that probably won’t work, but figured I’d toss it out there anyway: Have you guys thought about palladium? I don’t know what your FI’s reasons are for wanting iron, but I know when I mentioned palladium to my Fiance he went nuts and insists his wedding band be made of this (as opposed to tungsten, titatium or platinum…he’s allergic to gold). His reason?? He’d seen Iron Man 2 and remembered that palladium is what kept him alive (or something…I loved the movie but didn’t quite get it) and thought it was SO COOL to have an Iron Man wedding ring LOL. Yes, he’s a complete dork but I figured I’d mention it just in case your Fiance is a dork too
Palladium runs about the same as gold, depending on where you purchase it, and is in the platinum family so it’s not a weak metal that will bend and wear down in a year or two. There’s even a few threads on here that mention it / discuss it if you wanted to look into it.
Post # 9
Strongly second the recommendation for palladium. An iron ring is just not a good choice and as y’all probably already know, I am no fan of tungsten or anything else that can’t be resized or efficiently removed in an emergency situation.
Palladium is nice and lightweight, comfy, looks like platinum but costs about the same as gold, and is particularly a great choice for nerds, car dudes, computer people and anybody else with a strong connection to technology since it’s often utilized in those industries!
Post # 10
If you aren’t super sentimental, and since it’s only $50, I’d just go along with it. If it rusts then he’ll see for himself that he should pick a different metal to replace it with.
Post # 11
if he wants something like that, why not a hammered palladium or gold ring? Or maybe a stone or meteor inlay ring? What about Mokume? That iron ring’s going to get really gross pretty fast.
Post # 12
@abirdword: i agree! he’s been looking at meteor rings too, but they are pricey.
@MerryWidow: he went nuts over pallidum (he was looking at a peroidic table of elements to decide, so yes dork! but i love him haha)… but he’s still not sure because he doesnt want something shiny. Hammered pallidum is an option i guess. not sure why he turned it down. He’s stuck on this iron ring thing!
Post # 13
OMG. I snorted out laughing when I saw your second picture! Wouldn’t it rust? and discolor?
Post # 14
@capergrrl: I second tungsten! My Darling Husband wanted something darker, but not black, and this was perfect.
Post # 15
My Fiance likes unique rings too and he is considering a meteorite ring that is lined with white gold. They are pretty awesome and I know there are a few Etsy sellers as well.
Here is a website if you are interested: http://www.chrisploof.com/meteorite.html
Post # 16
@vickyness: i think it will! I know that its not going to be on my hand, but his hands will be on my, and all over my things and on our kids someday!
@Treejewel19: oh if only we had to $ for a nice meteor ring!