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Titanium Rings FAQ's

- What is the color of titanium?

Titanium has a silver gray color. Titanium rings can have a polished, matte, brushed, textured, or patterned finishes that may make the gray metal appear slightly lighter or darker, depending on the light.

- Are titanium rings waterproof?

Titanium is rust and corrosion resistant. Pure titanium is completely waterproof and can be exposed to salt water and chlorinated swimming pool water safely. High-quality titanium rings use commercially pure titanium (99%) which means that you can wear these rings in the shower, in a swimming pool, and in the ocean. However, some titanium rings are made with alloys. This means that other elements are added alongside titanium, and they can react differently to water, chlorinated water, and sea water.

- Is Titanium better than platinum?

The biggest advantage of titanium over platinum is the price. As platinum is extremely rare, it is much more expensive than titanium. By contrast, titanium is one of the most affordable jewelry metals available, but still offers a wide range of advantages.

Titanium and platinum rings look alike, although platinum has a slightly brighter gray hue. One key difference between the two is the weight. Titanium rings are much more lightweight than platinum (and most other metals), so they feel feather light on the finger.

As titanium is much stronger than platinum, it does not scratch as easily. While it’s not as scratch resistant as tungsten carbide, titanium does have the highest strength to weight ratio of all metals. Like a platinum ring, any scratches that may appear over time on a titanium ring can be easily polished by a jeweler.

Resizing a titanium ring is not impossible, but it is difficult. You can resize a titanium ring up in size, but it is impossible to lower it in size as titanium can not be soldered. Platinum rings are easy to resize, whether to a larger or a smaller size.

Both platinum and titanium are hypoallergenic, which makes them a good choice for those who are allergic to metal jewelry.

Titanium is much more affordable, but platinum is more valuable and can become a family heirloom.

- Can you cut off a titanium ring?

Yes, you can cut off a titanium ring in case of an emergency. While titanium is much stronger than gold, silver, or platinum, it can be cut with standard cutting tools, though it may take a few seconds more to cut.

- What's better titanium or stainless steel?

Titanium and stainless steel have many things in common, but differ in some aspects.

Aesthetically, they look alike and have a similar gray hue, with titanium only slightly darker. Both metals are more scratch resistant than gold or silver, and they will maintain their shine over time. However, they are not scratch-proof. Like titanium rings, stainless steel rings do not tarnish or rust. Both materials are difficult to resize, but it is possible to resize titanium and stainless steel rings.

As for differences, titanium is more lightweight than steel but also stronger. Titanium is completely hypoallergenic but stainless steel rings may contain other metals or elements that can cause allergic reactions.

Finally, the price. Stainless steel rings are cheaper compared to titanium jewelry, but they also come in a more limited range of styles.

- Do titanium rings rust?

No, titanium rings do not rust, corrode, fade, or tarnish. This makes them a great alternative to silver rings.

- Do titanium rings turn your finger green?

No, titanium rings will never turn your finger green because they do not tarnish or react to other chemical substances. Premium quality titanium rings feature commercially pure titanium in a concentration of at least 99%, so they will never turn the skin green.

- What is stronger titanium or platinum?

Titanium is much stronger than platinum, which in turn is stronger than silver. The strength of titanium makes it harder to scratch, though not impossible. In the case of an emergency, a titanium ring is slightly harder to cut than a platinum one, but with standard cutting tools it can be cut without problems.

- What are the disadvantages of titanium?

One of the main disadvantages of titanium is the difficulty of resizing rings. Although not impossible, it is challenging to resize a titanium wedding band to a larger size. Since the metal can not be soldered, it is not possible to make a titanium ring smaller.

Because of the way they are made, from a sheet of metal rather than being shaped into a circle like traditional metals, titanium rings can not be made with prong settings. Jewelers can use a special tension setting that can hold a gem or a diamond in place instead of a prong setting.

- Will a titanium wedding band last?

A high-quality titanium wedding band should last a lifetime. Silver gray rings will probably require re-polishing after some years of use, but titanium rings are much more resistant to scratches and damage than platinum or silver rings.

- How do you know if a titanium ring is real?

With the growth in popularity of titanium rings, it is important to know a few things about this rare metal before purchasing a wedding band.

A real titanium ring will always be extremely lightweight. Indeed, titanium rings almost feel feather light on the finger and are significantly lighter than platinum or silver.

As they are extremely hard, titanium rings are difficult to scratch, especially if you compare them to a gold wedding band which scratches easily. But keep in mind that titanium is not scratch-proof and will eventually have marks on the surface with everyday wear.

If you have a skin reaction while wearing a titanium ring, it is probably either a different metal or a cheap titanium alloy made with an allergenic component. Titanium rings are hypoallergenic and will never cause an allergic reaction. Furthermore, a real titanium wedding band will never rust and corrode or turn your finger green. Quality titanium rings will not tarnish even if exposed to salt water.

- What are the pros and cons of titanium?

Titanium rings are popular for a reason (they have many advantages compared to traditional metals) but they also have a couple of downsides.

One important advantage of titanium it its biocompatibility. Titanium rings are hypoallergenic and safe to wear by people who are allergic to other metals.

Much cheaper than platinum, but just as beautiful, titanium is also incredibly strong and hard to scratch or damage. However, it can be cut in the case of an emergency using standard cutting tools.

Titanium rings will never rust, tarnish, or corrode. They are also easy to maintain and they will require significantly less maintenance than gold, silver, or platinum rings.

Extremely lightweight, titanium wedding band are more comfortable to wear. Some people prefer the light feel of a titanium ring, while others like the heavier weight of a tungsten carbide ring.

When it comes to disadvantages, the first thing to keep in mind is that titanium rings are hard to resize. Jewelers can enlarge a titanium ring from ½ to 1-2 sizes by removing material from the interior of the ring, but titanium wedding bands can not be soldered and reduced in size.

Another con is the limited range of designs available for titanium rings. As the metal is incredibly hard, it can not be made with traditional prong settings. Colored plating and anodized finishes can provide a wider variety of styles, but these finishes are not scratch resistant and they will fade over time.

- Is Titanium good for the body?

Titanium is a biocompatible (hypoallergenic) metal, which means that it does not cause allergic skin reactions. Titanium is even used in dental implants and medical procedures, making it one of the safest materials for people who are allergic to other metals. As for the idea that titanium may have health benefits - this is simply a myth and not a scientifically proven fact.

- Should I buy a titanium wedding band?

Buying a titanium wedding band has its advantages and disadvantages.  Titanium rings are more affordable than gold, silver, or platinum, but they are extremely durable. As titanium doesn’t scratch as easily as softer metals, it keeps its shine longer but it will eventually require some maintenance – polishing, for example. Despite its strength, titanium can be engraved with traditional methods, making customization easy.

Hypoallergenic, titanium is safe to wear and a great choice for people who are allergic to gold or silver. Titanium rings are also incredibly lightweight, which may be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on personal preference.

Like tungsten carbide, titanium does not rust or tarnish and will never turn your finger green. High-quality titanium rings are made with commercially pure titanium, which can be used safely in salt water or swimming pool water. Keep in mind that some cheaper titanium rings may contain metals that alter titanium’s properties.

Finding a more creative titanium ring may be more difficult, as the available styles are not as varied as with softer metals. Because of the hardness of titanium, these rings can’t have a traditional prong setting and they can’t feature more delicate patterns or designs. Resizing a titanium wedding band is difficult, although not impossible. However, you can not shrink a titanium ring to a smaller size.

- Do magnets stick to titanium?

Titanium is non-ferrous and has an extremely low magnetic field. Because of this, magnets will not stick to a titanium ring. Titanium alloys made with components that have strong magnetic properties can make a titanium ring more magnetic

- Can titanium rings break?

Unlike tungsten carbide rings, titanium rings do not break under pressure or if they are dropped from a high distance on a concrete surface – they bend. In everyday situations, it’s almost impossible to seriously damage a titanium ring.

- Do titanium rings fade?

A silver gray titanium rings without any anodized finishes will not fade. While titanium rings are not as scratch resistant as tungsten carbide, any marks on their surface will appear faint and almost invisible. Over time, markings may appear more prominent, but titanium rings are easy to re-polish when needed. Anodized treatments add a coating on the surface of the titanium and they will fade over time.

- Can you resize titanium rings?

While titanium rings do not break when trying to cut them (like tungsten carbide), they are notoriously difficult to resize. Titanium rings can not be soldered, so they can’t be resized down in size. However, they can be resized to a larger size with a few caveats. Some rings made with inlays or tension settings can not be altered without damaging the design. The type of titanium also makes a difference. For example, commercially pure titanium is slightly more malleable than aircraft grade titanium. Generally, a simple titanium ring can be enlarged by shaving the interior to create a looser fit, but this method only works in a limited range of ½ a size and in some cases up to 1-2 sizes.

- Does titanium go off in metal detectors?

Titanium has a very low magnetic field. As a non-ferrous material, it is not affected by strong magnetic fields and will not set off a metal detector in most cases. This depends on the purity of the titanium, whether it is medical grade or made with alloys, and on the sensitivity of the metal detector. Some titanium rings can set off metal detectors depending on their composition and if they contain a ferrous element.

- Is titanium heavier than platinum?

Titanium is extremely lightweight and it is significantly lighter than platinum. Compared to titanium’s 47.867(1) standard atomic weight and density of 4.506 g/cm3, platinum has a standard atomic weight of 195.084(1) and a density of 21.45 g/cm3.

- Does black titanium wear off?

Black titanium rings can be made with different techniques. One method alters the metal and changes its color even beyond the surface, which means that the color is much more resistant to fading or scratches. A more common technique is to coat the ring with a black finish, which will eventually fade.

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