Post # 1
Hi again bees, I have heard a LOT of mixed, and conflicting information about titanium rings, and I’m hoping some of you can help me out.
We’re looking into titanium as an option for our wedding bands, but is that really the way to go? We haven’t really looked into tugsten, as the rings we are looking at are anodized, and we like that.
I’ve heard both, that you can and cannot cut off titanium if you were ever to get into an accident. I asked my friend who is an EMT and she said, nope, we can’t cut them off. However, I’ve also heard that ring grade titanium is not the same grade as titanium that’s used on things like air crafts, and so it actually can be cut off. I’m not sure how big a factor this plays in our decision – What are the chances of really getting in a situation where your ring will need to be cut off? He doesn’t work with his hands around machinery or anything.. The only time I can imagine is if, God forbid, we get into a car accident of some type, and even then, what are the chances you’d need it cut off? I feel like these rings wouldn’t be so popular if there was no way to get them off….??
Can titanium be resized? This is my main concern, with growing older. I’ve heard both it can and cannot. I’ve heard it can be resized about one size. I’ve heard there’s no way it can be resized, and we’d need new bands. I’ve heard some people can resize them but jewelry stores cannot. Do you think with their growing popularity jewelry stores (chains mainly) will get on this and be able to in the future?
Will it hurt to mix metals? My E-ring will be 14k gold. I am more than willing to get a cheaper gold band as a spacer, so the titanium doesn’t rub against my e-ring setting. Many people advise against mixing metals, but I’ve also heard that some people have 14k gold mixed with titanium bands with no issues. If we go with titanium, should I get a spacer band just incase?
Sorry for all the questions – like I said, there’s just a TON of conflicting info, both online and from jewelers! Thanks in advance.
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2014 - Lizard Island, Australia
I’m interested to know the answers too as I’ve seen and heard conflicting info. My FI is currently having a titanium band made. I wasn’t happy about this based on the thought of not being able to cut it off or resize but it’s what he wanted and I want him to love his ring. When I nagged him to have another metal he reluctantly agreed but I knew it wasn’t what he wanted and I want him to love his ring at the end of the day. So spaceship metal it is!
Post # 4
I don’t know the answers to all of your questions, however, here is what I do know:
-Titanium cannot be resized. I think that since it’s pretty inexpensive most people just get new ones.
-You can’t cut it off like you would gold, but Titanium will shatter if enough pressure is applied. It is a myth that should an accident occur, you’d have to cut the entire finger off to get the ring.
Post # 5
@Audrey2_sings: That’s interesting – I wasn’t aware that titanium could shatter, I thought that was only tugsten! Good to know that needing to cut your finger off is a myth though.
Post # 6
apparently it’s a myth that it cannot be cut off and has been debunked.
I no of no where except for internet companies that you can get titanium rings sized.
Post # 7
DH has this titanium ring, and loves it (the thin silver inlay is argentium):
DH loves titanium because he’s not a jewelry wearer and the titanium is SUPER light.
It CAN be cut off in an accident.
It CANNOT be resized- but as far as metals go, titanium is pretty easy to simply replace if necessary.
I don’t have any personal experience with wearing a titanium ring with my wedding set, but I personally probably would avoid it. While my 14k gold set seems to scuff/scratch pretty regularly, DH’s has very few signs of wear on it, even though he’s much rougher with his hands than I am.
I’d be concerned that the titanium would be pretty significantly harder than the gold and would scratch it over time.
Post # 8
@rachelmichelle: That ring looks really nice!! I think we found a company that offers a lifetime warranty for their titanium rings, and will offer 50% off new rings if you need to resize in the future. That may be the way we end up going.
I don’t mind my ring getting scratched, I just don’t want to wear down the prongs, which is why I was thinking about getting a really thin spacer band that is the same karat gold as the e-ring. I’m not sure if that’s what I’ll end up doing or not, but we still have time to decide 🙂 Thanks for responding!
Post # 9
@glitter-girl: What kind of e-ring do you have? It’s it’s like a pave band or something with a bunch of tiny prong-set diamonds I would see why you would be concerned.
But if it’s just the prongs around your center stone, I don’t think you’d even need to worry about it. My e-ring is a cathedral-style solitaire, so my wedding band doesn’t even touch my prongs.
Post # 10
I’m answering this question for my wife. Hi there, I am a machinist and I have worked with titanium many times. It can be cut off, it’s a lot different than tungsten carbide. Honestly most titanium isn’t that hard. The deal with titanium is: it’s roughly as light as aluminum and as strong as steel.
Post # 11
@rachelmichelle: No pave, trellis prongs with channel set stones around the band. The trellis sticks out ever-so-much, but you may be right and I won’t have a problem at all!
@Amayansong: Thank you for replying. I’m starting to feel like titanium hype is just that – hype. It was really mind boggling to me as to why so many people are choosing this option if they’re so potentially risky to wear.
Post # 12
Yes, it can be cut off. Tungsten’s a different story. I don’t believe titanium can be resized. I would not recommend wearing it with white gold because in the long run it will “eat” the gold And wear it away.
we have titanium rings, and we love them: they’re cheap, light, hypoallergenic, and have a lovely grey color. After a year of wear, ours are a bit scratched, but that doesn’t bother us.