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Alternative Wedding Ring Metals

Alternative Wedding Ring MetalsWhen I got married, in 1985, wedding rings were simple.

Women got a yellow gold band with a big old diamond (usually round, maybe marquis) plunked in the middle. There might be a diamond or two (or four) added for embellishment on the side, perhaps channel set.

Men got a relatively simple gold band. It might have some brushing or other simple design.

I remember seeing my grandmother’s platinum wedding band and thinking it wasn’t nearly as pretty as yellow gold. And the way they set diamonds back in her day didn’t set off the sparkle nearly as much as the more modern settings.

When my daughter got engaged, her fiancé had to special order her ring to accommodate her slim fingers. Not having kept up on wedding ring fashions, the process opened my eyes to all the new styles and designs.

While gold is still the most popular wedding ring metal worldwide, there are now myriad material choices. You can find:

  • yellow gold
  • white gold
  • rose gold
  • eco-gold
  • platinum
  • palladium
  • silver
  • mokume game
  • titanium
  • tungsten
  • stainless steel
  • ceramic
  • cobalt
  • meteorite

If you’re in the market for a set of wedding rings, look at the pros and cons of each kind of metal before you decide. For example, if you’re looking at a titanium ring design, understand that titanium is extremely durable for its weight and inexpensive, but it is still relatively soft and can scratch. Perhaps more importantly, titanium rings can’t be resized, which is a particularly important consideration for rings with (hopefully!) long-term wear in mind.

You might also consider all these fabulous materials as you look for gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. A set of titanium bracelets would be a cherished gift for years to come.

With all the options available, you’ll be able to find the perfect wedding rings for your happily ever after.

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  • carrottop November 2, 2011, 11:14 am

    Love the new bands. I would even wear one of those.

  • Anna November 4, 2011, 6:58 am

    The choice of wedding rings now is just shocking I would say as the options are to any taste in fact. You can choose and create even your own wedding ring which you really need and like.

  • Eddie Gear November 4, 2011, 1:01 pm

    Those look awesome. Love the design and the simplicity.
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  • Nicole January 25, 2012, 7:55 pm

    I like the 18K Rose Gold one…very modern looking.

  • Lex February 12, 2012, 1:07 am

    What are the ones made with in the pics, obviously it is gold in the middle but is it sandwiched in between other metals? I suppose it must be, I didn’t think they could anodize gold like aluminum. Some of the others, like “eco gold” and mokume game, I have never heard of.

  • Marissa February 12, 2012, 11:27 am

    Titanium is a good alternative for gold wedding rings – pretty but cheaper

  • DV February 23, 2012, 4:02 am

    Platinum wedding rings are great if you can afford it.

  • His and Hers Wedding Bands February 23, 2012, 7:29 pm

    I’m rather partial to the rose gold laced wedding ring. My wedding ring is platinum, which I see you have mentioned in your list. The only trouble is that platinum seems to scratch very easily.
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  • Andrea February 27, 2012, 5:47 am

    Titanium is pretty good idea but for me diamond ring will still remain to my heart 😀

  • Alison Moore Smith March 21, 2012, 3:31 pm

    Andrea, you can certainly have a titanium AND diamond ring. Titanium is the metal. Diamond is the gemstone.

  • Preston March 27, 2012, 1:17 am

    The increasing cost of precious metals is giving consumers good cause to consider alternative metals and materials when selecting wedding bands. For me Platinum is a much harder than gold, but still scratches, it accept more wear tear than gold, before it requires polishing. Thanks for posting great and informative topic.

  • Florinda April 23, 2012, 10:53 pm

    Nowadays, most people are not that traditional anymore so using alternative metals like titanium, platinum or tungsten for their wedding bands is acceptable. But personally, I would rather have a gold or silver wedding ring with little diamonds on it….I like diamonds on rings…makes the ring stand out.

  • Pete April 26, 2012, 6:41 am

    Problem is that the choice is kind of final.. Regardless of what you pick, you have to feel real sure about it. On the other hand, once it´s your wedding ring, you´ll think it´s beautiful for other reasons as well, right?
    Me and my wife went with white gold by the way..
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  • Jack July 19, 2012, 2:55 am

    I am really glad that there is now so much choice as my fiancee is incredibly picky — however, the snag is I’m no expecting to spend a fortune I dont currently have on a wedding ring…

  • kylie December 5, 2012, 5:39 pm

    I’ve always been a platinum/white gold fan until recently. I’m in love with rose gold (love the band you have photographed above by the way) and decided to go with it for my wedding ring. I found Brilliant Earth to have an excellent selection and they use all recycled gold and conflict-free diamonds which was also important to us.

  • Alane January 19, 2013, 1:29 pm

    Agreed, these are cool looking, thanks for the share. I love yellow gold, always will. Im a fire sign and love the warmth of yellow like the sun. My wedding band is yellow gold and friends all have platinum, Ill never switch up, I like the classic timeless gleam of gold. But I do like combos above, nice compromise!

  • END July 14, 2014, 3:43 am

    Buying a ring is an investment for a lifetime especially when the same is your engagement ring. Hence you need to be careful while selecting the same.

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