(Closed) His ring – gold vs. platinum vs. titanium vs. ???

posted 12 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m getting mine a tungsten carbide.  It’s extremely strong and comes in darker shades.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Definetley go for tungsten if you can. My man is a hard-labor kind of guy, and 99% of all tungsten retailers offer money back guarentees it’s so durable. If he’s an office kind of guy, classic, mature, go with gold. It’s timeless. But now-a-days, making that investment in tungsten can save you alot of trouble down the road!

Oh, and you don’t have to pay $1,000 for tungsten like some upscale jewelers claim. I bought our first tungsten band on ebay, just to make sure we’d like it, and only spent about $100. They offer a lifetime guarentee, will exchange it for free if it ever dents, breaks, scratches, or needs resizing. I think it was Sunset Jewelers on Ebay. Good luck!

http://jewelry.shop.ebay.com/Mens-Jewelry-/10290/i.html?_catref=1&_fln=1&_ssn=sunset_jewelers&_trksid=p3911.c0.m282

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I don’t know anything about the diff metals but I just wanted to add

vs Wood (that’s what my hub has, he didn’t like the metal look for whatever reason)

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

A good question to ask when you are purchasing is whether it can be cut off.. my FH works in constuction and plays a lot of hockey.. (he probably wont wear it to work) but I like to know that the ring can be cut if he breaks his finger or something. Swelling and cut off circulation are not good!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m shopping for my FI’s ring too.  I was told recently NOT to get titanium because ERs don’t have the tools necessary to cut through that metal. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My FI’s is white gold.  He’s a teacher so he’s not doing hard labor all day or anything.  He doesn’t really like the color of titanium or platinum.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

My fi is getting gold and I am getting platinum. It’s just our personal choices.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We spent most of last weekend shopping for both our bands and decided on white gold for both.  Fiance looked at ‘alternative metals’ and although he liked the lightness of some of them we worried about not being able to cut them off in an emergency, couldn’t engrave, and couldn’t resize if needed.  He works in finance so durablity wasn’t a huge concern. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Mine is a chef and is around high heat.  So, we are going with tungsten carbide.  It’s gorgeous and isn’t yellow gold (which means it will match mine), and most importantly, he loves it.  It’s so much more durable than the others.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Metals engineer sticking her nose in, so this may or may not be what you want.

Gold: $$$, malleable, dents and scratches. Can be rebuffed easily or welded if broken. “wears” well. Non-reactive (except with mercury). NOt a lot can hurt it. Also does not tarnish or oxidize.

Platinum: $$$$, very white, can turn gray over time (requires professional polishing). Hard and 100% hypoallergenic. Stable and does not “wear” so it will look the same day after day. Not malleable like gold. 

Tungsten $: Cheap, hard, scratch resistent, long lasting. Also very stiff and cannot be resized–it has a very high fracture point and must be snapped off like a vice. Tungsten is actually made of compressed powders so it doesn’t act like regular cast metals. It is also hypoallergenic I think.

Titanium $$:good tensile strength, takes a lot to break or bend, slightly elastic, hypoallergenic, easy to form and color. Super lightweight.

Stainless Steel $: Hard and strong. Doesn’t rust (like regular steel). Very inexpensive

That’s what I know off the top of my head. ERs do have the tools to remove titanium nowadays and most EMTs carry small finger vices to snap off tungsten rings. However, gold is definitely the easiest to remove. If you want something super light and soft you could go with aluminum, although I dont’ know if rings even come in that metal!

It ultimately depends on what he does all day. My guy doesn’t have a labor intensive job and he liked the white gold so we got him a brushed white gold ring with knife slices for just a *little* shine.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2011

ejs broke it down pretty well.

I personally think that platinum is an all-around good metal that’s suitable for just about all men. It is very strong and can take on a lot of bumps and bruises (and if your man is active or works a lot with his hands, you know that there will be a lot of those!), but it can also be reshaped instead of broken or cut if the ring ever needs to be taken off. That seems to be a big concern for some of the other bees in here.

Platinum can get scratched, but your jeweler can polish any blemishes out. It’s pretty easy to maintain.

They all have pros and cons…and what you choose depends on a lot of things, like how much he works with his hands, your budget, whether you want your rings to match, etc. Hope some of this was helpful. 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We went with tungsten (for $40 CAD on amazon you can’t beat it).  We aren’t really attached to the idea of it being “THE RING” so aren’t concerned about re-sizing issues (my parents have been married 36 years and my mom’s gone through 3 wedding bands, I think we’ll live if he needs a new one).

If you’re worried about prices, also consider the ongoing costs of the ring.  Platinum is not only more expensive than gold to purchase, it is also more difficult and expensive to fix and resize.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

palladium girl here, lurvs it!  everyone things it is platinum, but it was way cheaper and supposedly more environmentally friendly

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

my fiance picked out a stainless steel band. very pretty. he is going to university to become a civil engineer so we didn’t feel a gold band would be the most practical. but we agreedto purchase him a “dress” band which will be gold when he’s not a work.

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