When it comes to wedding band material, there is no right or wrong choice. The metal you choose should truly come down to lifestyle and personal preference. Use our metal matrix to compare all of the metals we offer and figure out what type of wedding band material is best for you, for the long haul.
14K Gold wedding bands are a traditional classic and very popular among both brides and grooms. As a precious metal, gold maintains its value, and can even increase in value over the years, making it an extremely smart investment. Gold wedding bands are available in three colors: white, rose, and yellow. Gold is a soft and malleable metal, so it can be resized. However, it’s malleability also means that it’s less durable than some of the other metals and will show scratches over time. Gold is not hypo-allergenic, so it is not recommended for those with sensitive skin. Gold is lighter than tungsten but heavier than titanium and considered to be very comfortable to wear.
Pros: Can be resized, holds value
Cons: Less durable, not hypoallergenic
Tungsten bands are growing in popularity with today’s grooms as it is less expensive than gold and extremely scratch resistant. Tungsten is available in a variety of colors and the rings have a modern, sleek look. At four times as hard as titanium, tungsten is very dense and much heavier when compared to the other metals. Tungsten cannot be resized so you really want to be sure you have the perfect fit. It is not hypoallergenic and therefore not recommended for those with sensitive skin. Tungsten is very resilient and a great choice for active people, although we never recommend wearing wedding bands (or any jewelry) when participating in any demanding activity that involves the active use of your hands. Some things to keep into consideration: Tungsten is prone to cracking if dropped on a hard floor and it conducts both heat and electricity.
Pros: Very durable, won’t tarnish
Cons: Cannot be resized, not hypoallergenic, can crack if dropped
Titanium is a great option for those that may have allergies to other metals. It is 100% hypoallergenic and has a great price point. It’s lightweight and very durable. Titanium is a great option for men who work in warm environments since it does not conduct heat. It has a low scratch resistance, although small scratches may show over time. Like Tungsten, titanium cannot be resized.
Pros: Inexpensive, hypoallergenic
Cons: Cannot be resized, low scratch resistance
Cobalt is hypoallergenic, scratch-resistant, and durable, which is why it is quickly becoming a popular choice among grooms. Cobalt is similar in weight to gold and is known for its bright white brilliance. It is harder than titanium, but can still be resized. Cobalt is comfortable and affordable. It’s a great option for men looking for something more durable than tungsten while being highly scratch resistant.
Pros: Affordable, hypoallergenic, scratch resistant, durable, can be resized
Cons: Can only be resized up to one size
Ceramic is a great choice for grooms who are looking for something a little less traditional. Being one of the hardest materials around, it is highly durable and scratch resistant. It’s also hypoallergenic and lightweight. Unfortunately, ceramic cannot be resized. Ceramic wedding bands are great for active people as they do not conduct heat.
Pros: Very durable, hypoallergenic
Cons: Cannot be resized
We never recommended wearing your wedding ring while engaged in activities that require extensive work with your hands, including but not limited to working with electricity and working in construction.