(Closed) Alternatives to gold/platinum wedding bands….anyone use them?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I don’t have any experience with alternative metals; however, my ex was/is a truck driver. He was able to wear a comfort band in yellow gold. I am sure your guy could wear any band in a comfort band style. The inside of the band is a little rounded, so it is much more comfortable, and can handle the heavy weigh when he has to lift and move things.

Post # 5
2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

titanium, tungsten, a tattoo?

Post # 7
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We have been looking at Tungsten rings. Tungsten metal is brittle so if the hand ever got squished or crushed the ring would shatter into pieces instead of bending and clamping on to the finger.

The only downsides I can see are that yu can’t get the ring engraved (if you were planning on that) also it cannot be re-sized due to the nature of the metal so you really need to try them on before buying.

The prices I have seen on them are great though!!

Post # 8
4605 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I would look at titanium and tungsten.

Fiance will probably get a titanium ring, but he’s a welder, and titanium isn’t a great conducter. I honestly would prefer if he didn’t wear a ring at work, but we’ll see when we get closer to getting married.

If it’s an issue of safety, then maybe he shouldn’t wear one at all, or take it off when he’s going to be doing heavy work.



Post # 9
4419 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Tungsten feels much heavier than Titanium, but both have a lot of the same qualities. Both are very strong and scratch resistant. They do not bend or form to the shape of your finger like gold will. They will break if the right amount of pressure is applies. They cannot be cut off and cannot be resized. Many manufacturers build in four breaking points, so if need be, they can be removed in an emergency by applying pressure with a pliers type of tool by breaking them into 4 pieces. .

Post # 10
1 posts
  • Wedding: January 2013

I know this is a little late, but I’ve been doing some research myself on more affordable wedding band alternatives. Turns out that tungsten carbide and cobalt are substantially cheaper and more scratch resistant. Even though tungsten is not indestructible (it can shatter if there is enough force), my friends have tungsten rings and they are all very happy with them. They still look new (especially when they clean them). A couple of my friends got them at Tungsten World, mentioned that they have really good customer service and reasonable return policies.

Post # 11
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

My husband has a tungsten band and he is a mechanic. But I prefer he doesn’t wear a ring at work also because of the risk of loosing a finger. Tungsten I believe can not be cut off.

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