Post # 1
Since my wedding set is on the delicate side I’ve been looking for a kick-around ring to wear while working. Something I wouldn’t mind to scratch or damage a little. Did some online research, thought long and hard about getting brush finish or frosted gold. While surfing for those I got image hits on tungsten, cobalt, titanium, steel, etc. Ahhh, nice! That might do the trick. I’ve also seen other bees post pics of thin metal rings with their white gold engagement rings and I could barely tell the difference in color.
Then I came across a lovely floral carved 6mm titanium band and after a little more research, watching videos, consumer reports and word of mouth, thought my search was ended. And of course these rings are *incredibly* cheap. Nothing I would be sad about losing. My number one requirement was that it be white metal. I don’t want to pass it off as gold, I have enough gold already that isn’t an issue and I wouldn’t be wearing it alongside gold. The plan was to wear it alone while working and I wanted it white enough to look like a wedding ring.
Long story short, epic fail. Ring arrived and although very nice and surprisingly comfortable (<– so, so much) it was white for about a minute then turned gun metal gray. Seriously dark. Nothing like the many bright, shiny white metal pictures there are of it online. It’s looked like an intricately carved piece of chopped off plumbing pipe.
Moral of the story with my experience so far: Take a pass on titanium.
Got a different experience I’d love to hear it. My search for a work ring continues.
Post # 2
I think you might want to look at silver and resign yourself to replacing it often or having your jewler work on it regularly.
If your work is hard on your ring, it is probably hard on your hands also. You may not want a super strong ring. A friend almost lost his finger, when he injured it and it began to swell up. He couldn’t get the ring off and the hospital ER could not cut it off with their regular equipment. Luckly a local fire department had a stronger cutter and he was able to get to it in time.
Other options I have seen are a qualo ring (silicone) or a ring cozy.
Post # 3
Yeah, titanium has a dark grey color. If you chose titanium for allergy reasons, surgical steel is also hypoallergenic but has a much lighter “whiter” color.
Post # 4
I bought 2 stainless steel rings on Amazon (2mm) and I wear them all the time. So far they have some scratches but otherwise look good. I paid around $6 including shipping.
Post # 5
Darling Husband has a titanium band and it’s still a bright white and he’s been wearing it for over a year. He bought it for $50 on Etsy. It was a solid 6al-4v grade 5 titanium if that means anything, I have no idea. Darling Husband picked it because he loved the knifed edge of the band. Sorry you had such a bad experience.
Post # 6
I have a steel ring that has stayed bright white.
Post # 7
I agree about the surgical stainless steel rings. My Dirty Delete is young, and loves to wear rings, but she isn’t yet responsible enough to have a gold ring. Silver tends to wear quickly, and base metals turn her finger green in short order, so stainless has been the answer for us. Sorry about your experience with the titanium.
Post # 8
I think it depends. Most titanium rings are made by machine in lathe and I guess the quality can differ a lot. My husband has a titanium ring. He only wore it for a week though, so I can’t give a good review yet. His ring was bespoke and handmade. The surface is scratched and it has a string of shiny 18K gold in it. We paid 6300 SEK (almost 800$) and is probably the most expensive titanium ring ever made, lol! Of course, the big expense was the work and not the material. It’s beautiful and we hope it will last forever 😀
Post # 9
Ladies thank you for the suggestions. I will take a look at them all. So far surgical stainless steel sounds like a good option. I could get a plain white gold band but I just don’t want to ruin another one. My last was so scratched up with everyday wear it looked almost brushed. Onward with the shopping!
SwedishBee: I saw there were better quality titanium rings but as this is my first titanium purchase and I’m not familiar with how it wears over time I opted for the one that looked the best in pictures.
Admittedly the color is a good choice for men, masculine and strong-looking. However as far as a woman wearing it, with the patina/color that appears after only 24 hours of wear it’s not a good choice for a feminine wedding band or RHR, imo.
Here’s a picture.
1.) online stock shot
2.) at home with my office light shining directly on it, raw pic right out of the camera (top two thin rings – 14k white gold wedding set, e-ring turned backwards, next – silver wedding band, bottom – the titanium band)
Maybe it’s just me but I see a big color discrepancy between the stock shot (which is the color of my white gold) and what I actually received. All the rings are clean, btw, and the titanium band has only been worn for one day.
One more thing, I have no complaint with the company I purchased the ring from. They delivered fast and there were no problems. It’s just a gray-looking ring.
Post # 10
Even dark like that, it’s a lovely looking ring. Personally, I would just rock it 🙂