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Wedding Bands FAQ's

- What is the best metal for a wedding ring?

Some people consider gold to be the best metal for a wedding band, while others prefer newer metals like titanium or tungsten carbide. The choice depends on personal preference and the metal’s properties.

Traditionally, gold and silver have been the most commonly used metals for wedding jewelry. They are valuable, elegant, great as heirloom pieces, and easy to resize if needed. Both metals are soft enough to create more intricate patterns, but that also makes them more delicate and easy to bend compared to other metals. Gold is available in different karats. The maximum of 24K indicates pure gold, which means that it does not contain any other element. However, 24K gold is too soft, which is why it’s more common to find 18K or 14K gold jewelry made with hardening alloys. White and rose gold may contain allergenic metals or elements that lead to tarnishing. Likewise, silver will tarnish over time and will require maintenance.

Platinum and palladium are two of the most expensive options, but they provide more durability and scratch-resistance compared to silver or gold. Both platinum and palladium are hypoallergenic and can be resized. They have a silvery white hue and complement diamond settings perfectly.

Among the newer metals used in the jewelry industry, tungsten carbide and titanium stand out thanks to their extreme hardness and durability. Both are also hypoallergenic. Tungsten is heavy and dense as well as scratch-resistant. The hardest among all metals, tungsten makes rings impossible to resize as the material breaks with enough pressure. Titanium is incredibly lightweight compared to tungsten and is scratch-resistant. It can be resized to a larger size with some difficulty, but it can’t be made smaller as titanium can’t be soldered.

- How tight should your ring be?

You wedding band should fit snugly but not tightly at the base of your finger. It should never cause any bulging and it should not leave any marks on your skin. While putting the ring on, you should feel only a slight friction on the knuckle. Taking a ring off should require a little more force than putting it on, but it should be easy to do. Keep in mind that sometimes finger swell, like in the morning or during the summer months. In these cases, you should wait for the swelling to go down before taking your ring off.

What is comfort fit wedding band?

A comfort fit wedding band has a rounded interior to feel more comfortable to wear. These rings usually fit slightly looser on the finger, so they should be ordered in a half size smaller than a standard size. However, comfort rings with a wider design of more than 8mm fit more snugly and they should be ordered in a standard size.

- What is the most expensive metal for rings?

Rhodium is the rarest metal in the world and it is the most expensive. It is used as plating, as the metal is too brittle to make jewelry or rings. Among other precious metals, palladium and platinum are the most expensive. They are part of a category of popular precious metals that includes gold and silver. Since palladium is extremely rare and its use in the automotive industry to make cleaner exhaust systems has grown significantly, its has become more expensive than platinum since 2019. This means that palladium and platinum jewelry cost more compared to other metals.

- Are fingers fatter in the morning?

Yes, fingers do swell sometimes during the night. There are many reasons why that happens, both harmless and more serious. A diet high in sodium, sitting still for prolonged periods of time, sleeping in awkward positions, and pregnancy may all lead to finger swelling. Other causes include taking certain medications, arthritis, and other medical conditions that may require a visit to a doctor.

- What does it mean if you have chubby fingers?

Chubby fingers usually indicate a weight surplus, but they may also have other causes. Finger swelling may be caused by some medications, being in a hot environment, sleeping in awkward positions that put pressure on the hands, being pregnant, or having certain medical conditions.

- What rings cannot be cut off?

You cannot cut tungsten carbide or ceramic rings, as they simply crack and break under pressure. They can be easily removed in the case of an emergency, however. Titanium rings can be cut off, but they may be slightly harder to cut than softer metals.

- What metal is most hypoallergenic?

While it depends on the manufacturing process, titanium, platinum, tungsten carbide, cobalt, and palladium are the most hypoallergenic metals in the jewelry industry. 24K gold is pure, hypoallergenic, and doesn’t contain any other elements, but it is also soft. Generally, jewelers use 18K and 14K gold, which may contain elements that can cause an allergic reaction. Rhodium is hypoallergenic, but it is only used as plating (which wears off in time) as the metal is too brittle to craft rings.

- How do men choose wedding bands?

While every man is different, grooms generally look for a few things when choosing their wedding band.

The style is important, whether it’s a classic gold ring, a modern tungsten carbide wedding band, or a colorful design with a carbon fiber inlay. Next, the width. This depends on the man’s hand and finger size, but the average width for men’s wedding rings is 8mm. However, many men prefer the narrower 6mm or even 4mm rings, while others like the extra-wide 10mm wedding bands.

Buying a metal or non-metallic ring is also an important thing to take into consideration. Metal rings conduct electricity and may not be appropriate for certain jobs. In these cases, a ceramic or a silicone band may be a better choice. This also applies to firefighters, policemen, and men who work with heavy machinery.

Other things to consider are the fit (comfort or standard), the shape of the ring (flat or domed), and whether the style matches the bride’s wedding band.

- What is the best men's wedding band metal?

Depending on what your looking for, the answer to what is the best wedding band metal for men varies.

If the budget is not an issue, a platinum ring is the most valuable and sophisticated option. Platinum rings are resistant to scratches but will develop a dull patina over time, which can be easily removed with a polishing treatment. Palladium rings are also a more expensive choice and depending on the market can even surpass platinum in price.

In terms of durability and strength, tungsten carbide and titanium are the best options. Tungsten carbide has a hardness of 9-9.5 on the Mohs scale compared to titanium’s 6. Because of its hardness, tungsten carbide breaks under enough pressure. This may be a positive trait for men who work with heavy machinery as the ring cracks and breaks instead of bending and potentially making a finger injury worse. Both metals are scratch-resistant and tough as well as hypoallergenic. Tungsten rings can’t be resized, while titanium rings can be slightly enlarged but not reduced in size. Tungsten feels solid on the finger, but titanium feels incredibly lightweight.

- Is silver OK for a wedding ring?

Yes, silver is a good choice for a wedding ring and has been used for a long time as an alternative to gold. However, silver does has some disadvantages.

Sterling silver (made of 92.5% silver and 7.5% alloys) is softer than other metals and scratches more easily than tungsten carbide, titanium, or platinum. Because of this, people who work with their hands a lot should avoid wearing a silver wedding ring while working. Silver rings will also tarnish in time and will require maintenance treatments to make them look like new again. However, the softness of silver also makes more intricate designs possible, as jewelers can easily work with the metal to create different patterns.

The metal alloy added to silver to make it harder often contains copper or other metals that may cause allergic reactions. This means that silver wedding bands are not a good choice for someone who wants a hypoallergenic wedding ring.

- What type of ring does not tarnish?

Tungsten carbide, titanium, platinum, cobalt, and ceramic rings do not tarnish.

Other metals, including silver and 14K gold may contain other elements that may tarnish in certain conditions. Rose gold rings contain copper, which will tarnish over time. Buying high-quality jewelry from a reliable manufacturer will reduce the risk of having a ring made with cheaper metals and alloys.

- Can I use vinegar to clean my wedding ring?

You can use a white vinegar and water solution to clean many metals: high-quality gold, tarnished silver, titanium, tungsten carbide, and platinum rings. If the rings made of these metals are simple, don’t have a plating, inlay, or a delicate precious stone, you can safely clean them with a vinegar solution. However, it’s important to remember that plating, inlays, and precious stones can be damaged by the acid in the vinegar. In these cases, it is better to use warm water and soap, mild detergents, dish washing liquids, or special jewelry cleaning solutions.

- What metal is better than platinum?

It depends on what “better” refers to, as different metals have different properties. If buying a hypoallergenic metal ring that won’t tarnish is important to you, keep in mind that you can choose between platinum, titanium, or tungsten carbide – all of these metals are hypoallergenic and they won’t rust or tarnish.

In terms of hardness, palladium, stainless steel, titanium, and tungsten carbide are all harder than platinum, with palladium the closest to platinum and tungsten the hardest. The hardness of a metal makes it more resistant to scratches and daily wear and tear.

If you’re comparing the cost, both titanium and tungsten carbide are significantly cheaper than platinum but are also harder and more scratch-resistant. The downside of these new metals is that they are either impossible (tungsten) or extremely difficult (titanium) to resize.

If you’re looking for more creative ring styles, modern metals like tungsten carbide offer a larger selection of styles to choose from. It’s common to find tungsten rings with wood, opal, or mother of pearl inlays, for example.

- Do wedding rings have to be gold?

No, wedding rings do not have to be gold. While classic designs and traditional rings are usually made of gold, modern wedding bands can be made from silver, platinum, palladium, tungsten carbide, titanium, or even ceramic. The choice of material depends on the couple’s preference, available styles, and budget.

- Why do you wear your wedding ring on your left hand?

The custom of wearing a wedding ring on the left hand dates back to ancient Egypt. More than 6,000 years ago, Egyptians believed that the ring finger of the left hand had a vein directly connected to the heart. This connection coupled with the belief that the circular shape of the ring is a symbol of eternity reinforced the meaning of wedding rings as a representation of everlasting love.

- What do 3 rings symbolize?

Some women wear three stacked rings on their left-hand ring finger: the engagement ring, wedding band, and an eternity ring. The eternity ring is usually given on the first year anniversary to remind of the couple’s everlasting love.

- Does the girl buy the guys wedding ring?

Yes, it is traditional for the bride to buy the groom’s wedding band -  and vice versa! However, many younger couples prefer to shun this custom and buy a matching set together, splitting the cost and/or using their wedding budget to purchase the wedding bands.

- What does it mean when a man wears a black wedding band?

Wearing a black wedding band may mean different things. The man who chooses a black ring may simply want to make a style statement and stand out from the crowd. Black rings also signify strength and intensity, which gives a wedding band more meaning. Modern rings are also available in more unconventional designs, including black ceramic and tungsten or titanium rings with black finishes. Black silicone rings are often preferred by firefighters, policemen, and people who work with heavy machinery, as they are safe to wear and easy to remove in an emergency.

- Do you still wear your engagement ring after you get married?

Yes, the overwhelming majority of women wear their engagement ring alongside their wedding band after getting married. Many women choose their wedding ring specially to match their engagement ring and buy thinner bands in a similar style. However, it’s also a matter of personal preference. Some jobs may require the removal of an engagement ring at work, for example health workers.

- What is the 3rd wedding ring called?

The 3rd ring is called an eternity ring and symbolizes everlasting love.

- When should you buy your wife an eternity ring?

An eternity ring is usually given on the couple’s first wedding anniversary. It symbolizes eternal love, celebrates the relationship, and complements the engagement ring and the wedding band.

- How much should I spend on a men's wedding band?

How much you spend on a men’s wedding band depends on your budget, type of metal, design, and personal preference. For example, a platinum ring with a diamond setting will cost much more than a titanium or a tungsten carbide ring. Some people use around 3% of their wedding budget on wedding bands. The average cost of men’s wedding bands is between $300 and $600, but you can find many designs in high-quality, new metals at a significantly lower price.

- Should I sleep with my ring on?

It is not a good idea to sleep with your ring on, especially if it has precious stones or a prong setting. A ring can be easily caught in bedding, hair, or clothing. It can cause mild injuries but it can also be damaged, if you sleep on a softer metal ring, for example.

- Is comfort fit ring worth it?

If you want to wear a ring that feels comfortable to wear even if you work with your hands a lot and is easier to take off over the knuckles, then a comfort fit ring is a great choice. Comfort fit rings have a rounded, domed interior that makes them more enjoyable to wear for prolonged periods of time. Some designs may be slightly more expensive than a standard fit, as creating the domed shape requires a bit of extra material.

- How much do millennials spend on engagement rings?

According to a 2019 survey, millennials (and Gen Z) think an engagement ring should cost under $2,500. In the US, the average cost of engagement rings is between $5,000 and $5,500, while millennials spend $3,000 on average on an engagement ring.

- Which country has cheapest gold?

Introduced in 1919, the London Gold Fixing has set the benchmark price for gold twice a day as part of the London bullion market. Informally, this benchmark is used on an international scale, which means that gold costs roughly the same in different countries around the world.

- Which country has best quality gold?

If taking karats into account, China is the country with the best quality gold as the standard is 24 karats. China is also the world’s largest producer of gold. In India, the average for gold is 22 karats. European countries the average for gold is 14-18 karats. The US is the third largest gold producer in the world and the average for gold jewelry is between 14 and 18 karats.

- Do Pandora rings turn your finger green?

Pandora jewelry may contain copper, which reacts with the skin and may turn fingers green. Some Pandora rings contain only small amounts of copper in their silver alloy compositions, while others like the unique metal blend of Pandora Rose have a richer copper content and will eventually turn the skin green. This skin reaction is harmless and the green color comes off with soap and warm water.

Can you wear your wedding ring in the ocean?

You should not wear a wedding ring in the ocean. The colder water may lead to a slight shrinking of the fingers, which raises the risk of the ring slipping off the finger and getting lost. The amount of salt in the ocean can also damage metals and wedding band finishes, with some materials more susceptible to damage than others. For example, a silver, gold, or platinum ring will be damaged by salt, while a ceramic ring will not be affected at all by salt water.

About Sizing:

- Why do fingers swell when sleeping?

Fingers can swell up during the night for many reasons. One of the more common causes is having a diet high in sodium (salt), which makes water accumulate in the tissue and cause swelling. Lying still for prolonged periods of time may also lead to swollen fingers. Other benign causes are poor sleeping positions that may put pressure on the hands, warmer temperatures, taking certain medications, and pregnancy. However, there are also some more serious finger swelling causes which may require a visit to the doctor. Waking up with swollen fingers frequently may indicate arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or kidney issues.

Can you tell ring size by height and weight?

No, you can not tell a ring size by a person’s height and weight. While taller people often have larger hands, this is not always the case. Shorter people may also have larger hands or wider knuckles. Weight does have a bigger impact on ring size, which means that a person’s ring size will fluctuate with weight gain or weight loss.

Is a 2mm wedding band too thin?

Generally, a wedding band should be at least 2mm to ensure its durability and integrity over time. Ultra-thin rings of 1mm and 1.5mm may crack or bend more easily. Many women prefer to wear their engagement ring alongside their wedding ring, which makes 2mm-wide rings a popular choice.

What is the average wedding band width?

The average wedding band width for men is 8mm while for women it’s 4mm.

Does resizing a ring damage it?

Several factors can determine if resizing a ring will damage it. For example, adjusting a ring too many sizes up or down can damage the ring or the design. Inlays, prong settings, and delicate patterns may restrict how much a ring can be resized or even if it can be adjusted at all. The type of metal also plays an important part. Gold, silver, and platinum are easy to resize. Titanium rings are difficult to adjust in size and they can not be adjusted to a smaller size. Tungsten carbide and ceramic rings can not be resized without completely breaking the ring.

Is it better to size up or size down a ring?

It is always better to go up a size. Not only because it is safer to wear a larger ring, as a tighter one may cause swelling, but also because it is easier to size down a ring than to enlarge it. Of course, some rings can not be resized at all, like tungsten carbide or ceramic rings. During summer, fingers can also swell and make a ring fit tighter.

Does ring size change with age?

Yes, ring size may change with age due to a range of factors. Weight gain or weight loss, muscle gain or muscle loss, arthritis, and other illnesses can have a direct impact on ring size.

Is it true your ring size is the same as your shoe size?

No, your ring size is not the same as your shoe size. If yours match, it’s not something common.

Do wider rings fit tighter?

Yes, wider rings fit tighter on the finger and thus affect ring size. In general, for standard sizes and rings of 5mm and 6mm, you should order a ¼ size larger, while for 6mm and 8mm you should buy a wedding band ½ size larger. For comfort size rings that measure under 8mm in width, you should order ½ size smaller than standard size as these rings have a rounded interior and fit more loosely. So if you have a standard size of 8mm, order a 7.5mm comfort fit ring. Comfort rings wider than 8mm fit like a standard size, as they fit more tightly. Visiting a local jewelry store is the safest way to find exactly what width and ring size fit you perfectly.

How many mm should a man wedding band be?

Choosing a wedding band width should always be a matter of personal preference. The average men’s wedding band width is 8mm. Generally, men with larger hands and fingers prefer a wider wedding band of 8mm-12mm, but many men choose a 6mm wedding ring. The width also depends on the ring’s style, for example if it’s a domed ring or a design with an inlay that may make the ring seem narrower.

Can you tell a woman ring size by her shoe size?

No, you can not tell a woman’s ring size by her shoe size, as these measurements are not correlated or the same.

Will my fingers get skinny if I lose weight?

Yes, if you lose weight your fingers will also become thinner. The change will vary depending on the amount of weight loss and the person’s hand size and finger shape.

How do you size a comfort fit ring?

The best way to make sure you get the perfect comfort fit size for your wedding band is to visit a jewelry store. However, if this is not possible, ordering a comfort ring size in a half a size smaller than a standard ring size is generally the best option and applies to most rings. For wider wedding bands of 8mm and over, you should order a standard size, as wide rings usually fit a bit tighter on the finger.

How thick should a wedding band be?

The average wedding band width for men is 8mm. Many men prefer a thinner wedding band of 6mm, but others like extra-wide designs of 10mm and 12mm rings. For women, the average wedding ring width is 4mm, but a 2mm thin wedding band is a great choice if they want a more delicate ring or prefer to wear both the wedding band and the engagement ring on the same finger. Couples who want to wear matching wedding bands usually choose sets in 6mm and 8mm sizes, as these are more common. Hand size, finger size, available styles, and personal preference all contribute to the choice of wedding band width. Even someone’s job may affect the chosen wedding band size, as people who use their hands a lot as they work may prefer a slightly wider ring.

About Tungsten Carbide Rings:

Is tungsten a good metal for a wedding ring?

Tungsten rings are durable and strong, which makes them a great choice for wedding bands. Tungsten carbide is an exceptionally hard metal that is resistant to scratches and does not lose its shine over time. However, plated tungsten carbide rings, whether with a black, gold, or rose plating, will scratch more easily. Inlays and other patterns and textures are also more susceptible to wear compared to a silver tungsten ring.

While tungsten does not bend under impact like some softer metals, it breaks with enough pressure. The metal’s hardness gives its superior scratch resistance, but it also makes tungsten rings impossible to resize.

Those who like modern wedding bands can also choose between a wider range of styles with tungsten jewelry. That’s because unlike gold or silver rings, tungsten carbide wedding rings are available in both classic and more modern, creative designs.

Are tungsten rings true to size?

Tungsten rings are usually made with a comfort fit, which runs ½ size larger than standard fit rings. For example, if you normally wear size 7 rings, you should order a 6.5 ring with a comfort fit. However, for wedding bands wider than 8mm, you can order your standard ring size, as these rings fit more snugly.

Note that the above is just a general rule of thumb. We highly recommend getting measured by a professional jeweler for comfort fit size or if you want to save the trip to your local jeweler you can order our adjustable ring sizer at the link below:

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- Do comfort fit rings run big or small?

Comfort fit rings run a half size larger than standard fit rings. Keep in mind that wider rings of more than 8mm fit like a standard size even with a comfort fit, as they cover a larger surface, so you don’t have to order them in a half size smaller.

- Can you resize a tungsten carbide ring?

Because tungsten is such a hard metal, it is not possible to resize a tungsten carbide ring without damaging it. Tungsten’s atoms become even more tightly bound through the sintering process of creating tungsten carbide and they will not bond with other materials afterwards. Simply put, trying to cut a tungsten carbide wedding band would only break the ring.

- What is tungsten carbide made of?

Tungsten carbide is a composite material made of tungsten (with the chemical symbol of W as a reference to its alternative name of wolfram) and carbon atoms, added in equal parts. While it starts off as a powder, it transforms into a workable jewelry material through a sintering (also known as frittage) process that uses pressure or heat to compact the powder without liquefying it. A binder is added to hold the components together, usually cobalt or nickel. The resulting material can then be used in various industries, including jewelry making.

- Why is tungsten so hard?

The molecular bonds between tungsten atoms are exceptionally strong. This makes tungsten the metal with the highest tensile strength and the highest melting point, at 6192°F. Durable and tough, tungsten is highly resistant to scratches, so it requires an even stronger material for the polishing process: diamonds. Tungsten has a 7.5 hardness on the Mohs scale, but tungsten carbide surpasses it at 9-9.5.

- Is Tungsten a rare metal?

Yes, tungsten is a rare metal. While it is found naturally in Earth’s crust, it is almost always alongside other components. Tungsten is extracted as a powder from mineral ores. Even though it is not rarer than gold, tungsten is still one of the rarest materials on Earth, with its abundance estimated at 1.5 parts per million.

- What is so special about tungsten?

Tungsten is one of the rarest materials on Earth. It is also the hardest metal and has an extremely high melting point. Stronger than steel, tungsten does not bend and is resistant to scratches. Silver tungsten rings that do not have a special plating like gold or rose gold will also keep their shine and textures intact without requiring re-finishing.

- Can I be allergic to tungsten carbide?

Tungsten is hypoallergenic and a great choice for people who are allergic to metal jewelry. While tungsten carbide rings can be made with cobalt or nickel binders, premium quality tungsten rings contain a nickel-chromium binder instead of the cheaper cobalt. The quantity of nickel in a high-quality tungsten carbide ring is so low that it will not cause an allergic reaction.

- Is Platinum better than tungsten?

Platinum is rarer than tungsten, which is why platinum rings are much more expensive than tungsten wedding bands. Platinum is harder than gold, but softer than tungsten. Both metals are heavyweight and require little maintenance, but platinum rings with a polished finish will develop a matte patina over time. By contrast, silver tungsten rings will not patina or require re-polishing treatments.

- Can I wear my Tungsten ring in the pool?

While tungsten rings are extra-tough and can handle just about anything, they can be damaged by chlorine, bleach, ammonia and other harsh chemical products. You should take off your tungsten wedding band if you want to use a chlorine treated pool or Jacuzzi. Likewise, you should avoid wearing your tungsten ring if you are cleaning with bleach or chlorine.

- What is the difference between tungsten and tungsten carbide?

Pure tungsten is significantly harder to work with compared to composites or alloys as it is brittle. This is why tungsten is almost exclusively used as an alloy. Combining it with carbon creates tungsten carbide. This composite material is even more durable and tough than tungsten. It also offers superior scratch resistance and tensile strength.

- What happens if a tungsten ring gets stuck?

If a tungsten ring gets stuck, it may require removal which involves cracking off the metal with pliers. Breaking off a tungsten ring is easy and safe as well as faster than cutting a bent gold ring.

- Can you cut off a tungsten ring?

Unlike gold or silver rings, tungsten carbide rings can’t be cut off. Instead, they are cracked off using common locking pliers or vice grips. In case of an emergency, tungsten rings are broken off with vice grips or pliers. These are common tools and every emergency room or hospital has them.

- Do tungsten carbide rings turn your finger green?

No, high-quality tungsten carbide rings will never turn your finger green. Even rings made with a cobalt binder have a low probability of tarnishing, as the amount of cobalt in the alloy is incredibly low. However, premium quality tungsten carbide rings contain a nickel binder instead of cobalt, so they will not turn fingers green.

- Can you shower with a tungsten ring?

Yes, you can shower with a tungsten wedding ring. While tungsten can be damaged by chlorine, the amount is low in your home’s water system. Please keep in mind that the water in a swimming pool is treated with higher amounts of chlorine, which can damage a tungsten ring

- Is Tungsten harder than diamond?

No, tungsten is not harder than diamond. Tungsten has a rating of 9-9.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, while diamond has a 10 rating. This is why jewelers use diamond tools to polish and finish tungsten carbide rings, as diamond is one of the few materials on Earth harder than tungsten.

- What are the pros and cons of tungsten rings?

Tungsten rings have become increasingly more popular over the last few years because they offer many advantages over more classic options. But a tungsten ring also has some downsides.

Pros:

Tungsten rings are affordable and they also come in a wider range of designs compared to gold or silver rings.

As one of the hardest materials, tungsten is resistant to scratches and will not develop signs of wear even after many years. Silver gray tungsten rings will keep their shine and will not require extra treatments.

Heavier than silver or titanium, tungsten rings are also incredibly dense and tough. They don’t bend like softer metals but break under pressure. This is a positive trait in the case of an accident, as a gold ring would bend and could potentially more damage to the finger.

Tungsten rings are hypoallergenic, they don’t tarnish or rust, and will never turn your finger green.

Cons:

While tungsten rings are significantly harder and more scratch resistant than gold, platinum, or silver, they are also impossible to resize. Trying to cut off a tungsten ring would only crack the metal, which means that you can’t resize a tungsten carbide wedding band.

Tungsten does not rust or tarnish, but chlorine bleach, and ammonia will damage the surface of the ring. This is why you should take off your tungsten wedding band if you want to swim in a pool.

Gold and rose gold plated tungsten rings along with rings with black finishes or inlays are not as scratch resistant as gray tungsten. If you love the look of these styles, keep in mind that the rings will eventually have scratches and the color will fade.

- What is better for a ring titanium or tungsten?

Tungsten and titanium are two of the most popular metals in the modern jewelry industry. More affordable compared to gold or silver rings, titanium and tungsten wedding bands also come in a more varied range of styles.

Both titanium and tungsten have a silver gray color. Only by holding them one can see which is which. Titanium is notoriously lightweight while tungsten carbide rings are heavier and have a solid feel.

Tungsten is more scratch resistant than titanium, as it is much more harder. This also means that tungsten rings break if enough pressure is applied to their surface and can’t be resized, while titanium rings will bend, like softer metals. However, titanium rings are difficult to resize, as titanium can not be soldered and resizing requires more complex methods.

When it comes to more colorful designs, titanium can be completed with an anodized finish that is more durable. By contrast, tungsten can only be plated and this finish is more susceptible to scratches and daily wear and tear.

Titanium is 100% bio-compatible and is even used in medical applications. Tungsten is hypoallergenic, but some low-quality tungsten rings may contain cobalt that can cause skin rashes.

Finally, the two metals differ slightly when it comes to engraving. The softer titanium can be easily engraved with traditional techniques, while tungsten carbide is so tough that only laser engraving can be used to customize it. Laser engraving does not create grooves, which means that custom tungsten rings are easier to clean

- Which is more scratch resistant tungsten or titanium?

Tungsten is more scratch resistant than titanium. Tungsten has a Mohs rating of 7.5-8 and tungsten carbide scores even higher at 9-9.5, while titanium has a rating of 6 on the Mohs hardness scale.

- Does gold or rose gold plated tungsten wear off or fade?

Tungsten rings with a gold or rose gold plating will scratch more easily. Over time, the plating will wear off and will require re-finishing. IP plating is more durable than traditional plating and will last longer, depending on wear and other factors. For example, taking off a plated tungsten ring while washing dishes, showering, or cleaning will minimize the damage.

- Is Tungsten better than gold?

Choosing between tungsten and gold comes down to personal preference, budget, and the two metals’ advantages and disadvantages.

Tungsten is an incredibly hard metal, it is stronger than steel, heavier and denser than lead, but just as dense as gold. Tungsten carbide is even stronger and extremely scratch resistant. While tungsten doesn’t bend like gold, with sufficient force it will break. Tungsten rings can not be resized for this reason, as any cut would only crack the metal.

Tungsten is hypoallergenic, doesn’t tarnish, has a weighty feel on the finger, and will always keep its shine. Plated designs will require maintenance and re-finishing, however. While only slightly magnetic, a tungsten carbide ring conducts electricity. Tungsten rings are affordable and come in a wide range of styles, but they are not an investment like gold jewelry.

Gold is more expensive than tungsten and this also makes it a great choice if you want to choose a ring that will become more valuable over time. With its warm color and classic good looks, gold is the epitome of wedding jewelry. However, it also has its disadvantages, apart from its price.

Gold is a soft metal, which means that it will scratch and show signs of wear over the years. Its softness makes more intricate designs possible, but usually gold rings have a more classic style. Like silver, gold will bend under pressure and may cause damage to the finger in case of an accident.

- How do you care for a tungsten carbide ring?

Tungsten is one of the hardest materials on Earth, but tungsten carbide rings still require a bit of care to keep them looking like new. One of the most important things to remember is that tungsten can be damaged by chlorine, ammonia, and bleach. You should also avoid wearing your ring if you’re using harsher cleaning products. If the ring does come in contact with a chemical, you should immediately wash it with clean water.

While tungsten rings are impossible to bend, they will break under enough pressure, if they are struck by a heavy object, or if they are dropped from a considerable height. Consider storing your tungsten wedding band in the original box when you are not wearing it.

As for dirt and grime, cleaning a tungsten carbide ring is easy. Use warm water and a mild soap or detergent-free cleaner or dish washing liquid. Soaking the tungsten ring for a few minutes will make cleaning a breeze: simply use a soft cloth to remove any dirt build up from the ring. If needed, a toothbrush can also fit in narrow grooves.

- Can tungsten carbide rust?

Tungsten carbide rings do not rust, corrode, or tarnish. However, keep in mind that cheaper rings may contain a higher proportion of cobalt or other elements that are susceptible to rust. Premium quality tungsten rings are made with a nickel binder which does not cause the ring to rust.

- Does black tungsten wear off?

Like gold and rose gold plating, black finishes on a tungsten ring will eventually wear off. Removing wedding bands while washing, cleaning, or gardening will minimize the damage to the black finish. Like other types of jewelry, tungsten carbide rings can be easily re-plated.

- How hard is it to break a tungsten ring?

Tungsten carbide is known for its incredible tensile strength and scratch-resistance. This rare metal does not bend under pressure, but with enough force it cracks and breaks.

For example, you can break a tungsten ring by smashing it with a hammer, dropping it from a first floor window, or by applying pressure with locking pliers. Using a vice grip is the best way to remove a stuck tungsten ring in a case of an emergency.

- Is Tungsten better than sterling silver?

Both tungsten and sterling silver offer a range of advantages and disadvantages.

Tungsten is the hardest metal and one of the hardest materials on Earth. This makes it resistant to scratches and signs of daily wear, with tungsten rigs keeping their shine for years to come. However, a plated tungsten ring is more susceptible to scratches and the plating will eventually fade. Tungsten is hypoallergenic, which makes it ideal for people with metal allergies.

Tungsten’s strength also makes it impossible to cut or resize, as the metal breaks under high pressure or on impact. While more affordable, tungsten is not as valuable as silver or gold, which gain more value over time.

Sterling silver scratches more easily as it is a softer metal than tungsten. It also bends under pressure. Silver rings will also tarnish over time and with use, which means that they will need maintenance and care. However, silver rings are easy to resize. Finally, a sterling silver wedding band can become a family heirloom and be passed down from one generation to the next.

- Is Tungsten heavier than stainless steel?

Yes, tungsten is heavier than stainless steel and it is also heavier than lead. This is because tungsten is a much denser material and its atoms are tightly bound. A tungsten wedding band will always feel weightier on the finger, and some people prefer it that way. Others prefer the more lightweight stainless steel or titanium rings.

- Is Tungsten magnetic?

Tungsten is a non-ferrous, paramagnetic element, which means that it is only slightly magnetic. Depending on the binder used to make a tungsten carbide ring, the wedding band may be more or less magnetic. For example, iron is more magnetic than cobalt, which in turn is more magnetic than nickel.

- Why is tungsten so heavy?

Tungsten is heavy because it is a dense material. It has a density similar to that of gold. Tungsten’s atoms are closely packed together, which means that this rare metal has a higher mass and a heavier weight than many other jewelry materials. Tungsten has a density of 19.3g/cm2, while the more lightweight titanium has a density of 4.506g/cm3.

- Will a tungsten ring set off a metal detector?

A tungsten ring will set off a metal detector because tungsten conducts electricity well and it reacts to a detector’s magnetic field. This means that you will need to take off a tungsten carbide ring through airport security. However, you can also find a lost tungsten ring by using a metal detector.

About Titanium Rings:

- 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.

About Gold Rings:

Is 14k gold worth buying?

14k gold offers a great balance between quality and durability. As pure gold (24k) is too soft for rings, jewelers generally use 10k, 14k, and 18k gold to make gold jewelry. 10k gold is cheaper and contains the least amount of gold at 41.7% but it is also a harder, more durable option. 18k gold contains 75% gold and as it is softer, it scratches more easily. 14k rings contain 58.5% gold and provide more durability compared to higher karats. This balance between price, quality, and slight resistance to wear (compared to the softer 18k gold) makes 14k gold jewelry incredibly popular in the US, with around 90% of gold wedding rings and engagement rings part of the 14k category.

Can I shower with 14k gold?

While you can shower with 14k gold, it is better to remove gold jewelry before showering. The hot water coupled with any soap, shampoo, and shower gels will eventually affect the gold’s finish and polish. Rings will become dull and lose their shine, requiring polishing treatments.

How much gold is in a 24-karat ring?

Gold purity is measured in karats and in parts of 24. A 24k gold ring will contain 24/24 parts gold, so it will be pure gold with a concentration of 99.9%. By comparison, an 18k gold ring will have 18 parts gold and 6 parts alloy, while a 14k ring will have 14 parts gold and 10 parts alloy.

What is better 14k or 18k gold?

It depends on what you’re looking for. 14k gold contains less gold (14 parts gold to 6 parts alloy) but this composition also makes it more durable and harder than 18k gold. 18k gold rings are softer and can be scratched or damaged more easily. However they are also more valuable and a better investment.

- Will 18k gold turn skin green?

18k gold will not turn your skin green, as the amount of metals added to the gold to harden it is too low to cause a reaction to the skin. If an 18k gold ring does cause the skin to turn green, it may either contain too much copper or it may actually have a lower karat rating.

Can I shower with 24k gold?

No, you should not shower with 24k gold. As 24k gold is 100% pure, it is soft and will scratch and bend much easier than 18k gold. This is why 24k jewelry is rare, as it is not practical to wear.

Can you wear 14k gold everyday?

14k gold is the most popular gold for wedding bands in the US because it allows everyday wear and is significantly more practical than higher purity gold. Since it contains 14 parts gold to 10 parts alloy, 14k gold is more durable and strong than 18k gold. This doesn’t mean that 14 gold rings are scratch-resistant, simply that they will not be damaged as easily as an 18k ring would be.

Is 14k gold real gold?

Yes, 14k gold is real gold. It contains 14 parts gold (58.5%) to 10 parts alloys. In the US, gold needs to be at least 10k to be considered real gold.

- Can I shower with 18k gold?

Showering with 18k gold will not damage gold jewelry, but it will remove its polish and shine. If you want to keep your gold jewelry looking like new for longer, you should remove it before taking a shower. This is especially true for softer gold of 18, 20, 22, and 24 karats.

Why does my gold ring leave a green mark?

Gold jewelry is made with alloys in order to harden the metal. Pure gold of 24k is extremely soft and bends easily, so jewelers add alloys to gold to craft gold jewelry with lower karats. The lower the karat, the more alloy is added to gold. For example, a 10k gold ring will have 10 parts gold to 14 parts alloy, so it will be cheaper as well as more durable and more resistant to scratches compared to a 14k gold ring. However, the amount of alloy and the types of metal added to a 10k ring may cause an allergic reaction or turn the finger green. Nickel and copper are two of the metals that can cause this.

What kind of gold can you shower with?

You can shower with 10k and 14k gold, although it’s safer to remove any gold jewelry before showering in order to maintain its polish and gleaming finish. It is not advisable to shower with 18k and 24k gold, as they are softer and prone to scratches, or with gold-plated jewelry, as the plating can easily wear off or even crack.

Can you swim with 14k gold?

You should not swim with 14k gold jewelry because of two main reasons. Firstly, the salt in ocean water or the chlorine in swimming pools will damage the gold. Secondly, colder water will cause your fingers to shrink slightly, which increases the risk of losing a ring.

Does rubbing a gold ring on your face show low iron?

No, rubbing a gold ring on the skin is not an accurate test for iron deficiency - this is an urban myth. While rubbing a gold ring on the face may leave a mark or a black line, this does not mean that someone is anemic. Gold can leave a mark if it reacts to makeup, lotions, or the skin’s chemistry. Rings with lower karats of 10k and 12k can also contain metals that react to the skin and leave a mark.

How can I tell if my 24k gold is real?

If your ring does not have a hallmark that indicates the karats and/or its authenticity, you have a couple of options to discover if it is real 24k gold.

Pure gold will never rust, tarnish, or leave marks on the skin. It should also never have any discolorations. As gold does not react to vinegar, you can use white vinegar to test your ring and see if it changes color. After leaving the jewelry in vinegar for around 10 minutes, a 24k ring will remain the same, while a fake gold ring will have black or discolored markings.

You can also easily scratch or bend a 24k gold ring, as pure gold is soft, although this method will leave a mark or damage the ring.

Buying a testing kit with nitric acid can help you find out if your 24k gold ring is real. However, this method may cause some damage to pure gold jewelry, so it is better to take the ring to a jeweler who can perform the test safely.

A strong magnet should never attract a 24k gold ring, as pure gold is not magnetic. This method is not 100% accurate, as some fake gold rings can be made with a non-magnetic materials and a gold plating.

Dropping a gold ring inside a jug of water is an easy (though not 100% accurate) way to see if it’s genuine. As pure gold is dense and the ring should sink. If it sinks slowly or even floats, the ring is definitely not 24k gold.

Can you bend gold with your hands?

Gold’s malleability depends on its purity. For example, you can easily bend a 24k gold ring as it is 99.9% pure gold. Lower karats contain alloys that harden the gold and make it more suitable for jewelry manufacturing.10k and 14k gold rings will contain a larger quantity of alloys, which will make them harder to bend compared to an 18k gold ring.

Does vinegar harm gold?

No, vinegar does not harm gold. It may however damage precious stones set in a gold band, so keep that it mind if you want to clean your gold ring with a vinegar solution.

Does gold turn black when burned?

Pure gold will not turn black when burned. If a ring has fewer than 18 karats and is made with copper, iron, or brass alloys, it can turn black as the metals react to the heat.

Which metal is more expensive than gold?

While traditionally platinum has been the one precious metal more expensive than gold, palladium has surpassed it as of 2019. Due to the rarity of palladium and its use in cleaner car exhaust systems, palladium is now more expensive than platinum, gold, and silver – the four main precious metals.

Why is my gold ring turning black?

If a gold ring is made with a lower karat, it may contain different metals that react to certain chemicals. For example, a 10k gold ring will contain 41.7% gold, with the rest made up of different metals. Copper, nickel, iron, and other elements can make a ring turn black if exposed to chlorine or bleach.

-  Can gold be destroyed by fire?

No, real gold can not be destroyed by fire, but it will melt at a temperature of 1947.52 °F

Is gold heavier than tungsten?

Gold and tungsten have a similar density, of 19.3g/cm2 to 19.28g/cm2. This is why tungsten is sometimes used to make fake gold, as the two metals feel so similar in weight.

Is white gold real gold?

Yes, white gold is real gold. It is an alloy made with yellow gold and a white metal like silver, zinc, nickel, or palladium. White gold also features a rhodium plating which actually gives it the bright silver color and lustrous finish. When the rhodium plating wears off, a white gold ring turns yellow.

Why is Indian gold so yellow?

In India, 22k gold is more commonly used in the jewelry industry. As 22k gold contains 22 parts pure gold and only 2 parts alloys, it has a rich golden color.

Which gold is most expensive?

24k gold is the most expensive, as it contains 99.9% gold. However, this is also the softest gold and it is not practical to wear every day.

What is the hardest karat gold?

The hardest gold is 10 karats. As it contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts alloys, it is significantly harder and more resistant to damage than 24k gold, which is soft enough to bend by hand. As a comparison, on the Mohs hardness scale 24k gold has a rating of 2.5, 18k gold of 2.75, 14k gold of 3-4, while 10k gold has a hardness of 4. These measurements may vary slightly, depending on the types of metals added to the gold.

- Is 10k gold worth buying?

It depends on what you’re looking for. 10k gold is the most affordable option as it contains less gold than 14k and 18k gold. It is also the most durable and hard, as the metal alloys harden the gold and make it less likely to scratch and bend compared to higher karats. However, 10k jewelry also has some downsides. Apart from not being as valuable, it can also contain metals that may cause allergic reactions, turn the skin green, or make the ring turn black when exposed to fire, bleach, chlorine, and other elements that would otherwise not damage 18k or 24k gold.

-  Is Silver stronger than white gold?

White gold is generally stronger than silver, but this also depends on white gold’s karats. Sterling silver is a relatively soft metal and can be damaged easier than white gold. It will also tarnish over time and will require maintenance. However, white gold rings have a rhodium plating that will wear off and require re-plating.

Platinum Rings:

Is it worth buying a platinum ring?

Choosing a platinum ring over a gold or a silver one depends on what you’re looking for. Like any material, this metal has advantages and disadvantages.

In the list of advantages, platinum’s durability and density stand out. Platinum is stronger and more durable than gold, although this also depends on the gold’s karats, with lower karats being less valuable but much stronger than pure gold. While platinum rings are not scratch-proof, they scratch differently than gold or silver and don’t wear away. Platinum will develop a patina over time but it can be easily polished. By comparison, white gold rings will require more expensive re-plating as the rhodium plating will wear off. Platinum rings are hypoallergenic, they don’t rust or tarnish, and they are easy to resize.

In terms of disadvantages, the price of platinum may make you think twice before choosing it over silver or tungsten. Since it is extremely rare, platinum is more expensive than other precious metals. The price of platinum rings is also affected by the metal’s density. Platinum is denser than gold, which means that jewelers need to use a larger quantity of platinum to make a ring. The difficulty of working with platinum also raises the manufacturing price. Finally, platinum doesn’t make a good investment, especially compared to gold, and it’s more difficult to re-sell as not all jewelers accept platinum jewelry.

- Do platinum rings tarnish?

No, platinum rings never tarnish. Over time, their polished surface will dull and will require re-polishing, but a platinum ring will not change color, rust, or tarnish.

- Is Platinum better than gold?

It depends on what matters to you when buying a ring. For example, platinum is stronger and more durable than gold, but it is also more expensive and harder to resell. While gold can be used as an investment, platinum is not seen as a universal investment metal.

Platinum is hypoallergenic, while gold may contain metals that cause allergic reactions, depending on its karats. For example, a 10k ring will contain 10 parts gold (41.7%) to 14 parts alloys, which makes the jewelry much stronger but less valuable than pure gold. By contrast, the majority of platinum rings are 90-95% platinum.

Because platinum is denser than gold, a platinum ring will feel heavier on the finger. Some people prefer a more solid ring, so this would count as an advantage, while others like a more lightweight option.

- Why platinum has no resale value?

Platinum is mostly used in industrial applications, with only a small percentage actually used in the jewelry industry. Unlike gold, which is a monetary metal and is used by central banks for their reserves, platinum is not a universal investment metal. It can be resold as coins, ingots, and bars, though its value only increases in times of stability and decreases in periods of instability – unlike gold.

However, that does not mean that platinum jewelry has no resale value. Just like other jewelry, it can be resold. Keep in mind that while you can resell gold in virtually any jewelry shop, not all jewelry shops accept platinum rings. Some jewelry stores can’t melt the platinum and the re-use options are limited.

- Is Platinum better than white gold?

Both platinum and white god have their pros and cons.

Platinum rings are more expensive but more valuable than white gold. They are also slightly more easier to scratch than the white gold’s rhodium plating, although platinum’s density means that scratches don’t remove metal from the surface, only displace it. Platinum rings will never require plating, but they will need a simple polishing treatment to recover the metal’s shine. By contrast, white gold rings will eventually require full re-plating with rhodium, as the surface metal will wear off and reveal the yellow color of gold.

Both platinum and the rhodium plating of white gold are hypoallergenic, although when the rhodium wears off, the white gold ring will lose its hypoallergenic properties.

Jewelers can resize platinum or white gold rings, but it is more difficult to adjust a platinum ring due to the metal’s high melting point. Keep in mind that not all jewelers are skilled enough to work with platinum, so if you need to resize a wedding band, choose someone you trust. In terms or re-sell value, although platinum jewelry is more expensive, it is harder to re-sell compared to gold as it can’t be easily melted and re-used.

- Can you shower with a platinum ring?

While water does not harm platinum and you won’t have to worry about rust or discoloration, it is better to take off any platinum jewelry while showering. Exposing the metal to hot water will dull its shine over time faster and your ring will require a new polishing treatment sooner.

- Does platinum turn your finger green?

No, a high-quality platinum will never turn your finger green. The skin turns green when a ring contains copper. Although some platinum rings do contain small amounts of other metals, including copper, the quantities are too small to cause a skin reaction. If a ring turns the finger green, it is often made from a lower quality material with a higher amount of alloys added to platinum.

- Why are platinum rings so expensive?

Platinum is expensive because it is extremely rare. This precious metal is also mainly used in industrial applications, which makes its use in the jewelry industry even more exclusive. Because platinum is dense – denser than gold or silver, for example – a platinum ring will also weigh more than other precious metals and have a higher selling price.

- What are the dangers of platinum?

Platinum as a solid metal is not dangerous and high-quality platinum jewelry is always safe to wear and hypoallergenic. However, platinum can be dangerous in a soluble salt or in a fine powder form. In a salt or powder form with short-term exposure, platinum may cause allergic reactions, skin and eye irritation, and asthma-like allergies. Long-term exposure to platinum salts may cause more severe damage, including skin allergies and respiratory problems.

- Does Platinum lose its shine?

Yes, platinum will lose its shine over time. Platinum rings develop a patina that makes the metal look slightly darker and antique. This vintage effect is actually preferred by many who choose platinum jewelry, but the patina can be easily removed by a jeweler who can restore the ring’s silvery white luster and shine.

- Can Platinum be worn everyday?

Yes, platinum jewelry can be worn everyday. This precious metal is durable and strong, but it will scratch and will develop a patina that can be polished to restore the metal’s shine. While platinum rings scratch, they don’t wear away and lose less weight over time compared to an 18k gold ring, for example.

- Does platinum hold its value?

Platinum does hold its value as it is a rare precious metal and only a small percentage of the mined metal is actually used in the jewelry industry. This makes platinum jewelry great as a family heirloom. However, platinum jewelry is harder to resell compared to gold or silver and even though it can be traded in ingots or bars, it’s not considered a standard investment metal.

- How long do platinum rings last?

A high-quality platinum ring should last for generations. Like all metals, platinum does scratch and it will also patina with age, but it will generally require less maintenance than silver or 18k gold. One major advantage of platinum rings is their density and hardness, which minimize the loss of metal layers through scratches over time. Any scratch merely displaces the metal instead of removing it, which means that platinum will lose less weight over time compared to gold.

- Which platinum is best?

A platinum ring with a purity of 90-95% percent is best. Luckily, this is also a common standard in the jewelry industry, as the rarity of platinum often translates into high-quality jewelry – if you’re buying from a reputable jeweler.

If you’re looking for the best, you should buy a 95% pure platinum ring that has other precious metals in its composition. The other 5% should be made up of metals like iridium, palladium, or rhodium.

- Why is my platinum ring turning yellow?

If your platinum ring is turning yellow, it may actually be white gold plated with rhodium and sold as platinum at a higher price. Platinum will never turn yellow – or discolor - even if it contains other metals.

- Why is platinum so special?

Platinum is one of the rarest metals metals in the world. Annually, only around 190 metric tons of platinum are mined worldwide, compared to 3,300 metric tons of gold. But platinum’s rarity is one among many other things that make this metal special.

Platinum is the heaviest among precious metals and it is more ductile but less malleable than gold. Since it is highly resistant to corrosion and oxidation even at higher temperatures, it is considered a noble metal. Platinum is used in a wide range of industries, from automotive to medical. In jewelry, it provides superior durability compared to gold or silver, as it is denser and harder than these popular precious metals. A high-quality, high-purity platinum ring will last for generations, which means that it’s an ideal choice for heirloom jewelry.

- Is Platinum better than diamond?

Platinum and diamond are very different materials. Platinum is a precious metal and diamond is a solid form of pure carbon. In terms of hardness, diamond is the hardest natural material on Earth. On the Mohs scale, diamond has the maximum hardness of 10 while platinum has a rating of 3.5. In terms of price, platinum is cheaper than diamond. These two materials are also used in different ways in the jewelry industry, with diamond used for gemstone settings and platinum used to craft rings.

- What are the weaknesses of platinum?

Platinum scratches easier than a metal like tungsten carbide, for example. Platinum rings will also develop a patina over time. A simple polishing treatment will remove the darker color, although some people like the vintage-like appearance of an older platinum ring.

Although not an actual weakness but more of a disadvantage, the high price of platinum is also something to keep in mind when buying jewelry.

- Is Platinum good for your skin?

Platinum is hypoallergenic, but in its solid metal form it doesn’t have other health benefits. In recent years, platinum and diamonds have been used in the skincare industry. Some cosmetic chemists and skincare brands claim that creams with platinum can protect the skin from free radicals while also improving skin’s radiance.

- Can Platinum rust?

No, platinum never rusts or tarnishes as it is highly resistant to corrosion and oxidation even at high temperatures.

- How do I choose a platinum ring?

First, make sure that you are buying platinum jewelry from a respected and experienced jeweler. Since this precious metal is so expensive, some shops sell white gold as platinum. Most people only find out that their platinum ring is fake when the rhodium plating wears off and reveals the yellow color of the gold underneath. Genuine platinum rings, especially those with a purity of 90-95% platinum, will always have a hallmark with a symbol, letters, or numbers.

Second, choose a design that best suits your style and preference. You will probably wear the platinum ring for a lifetime, so it is best to pick something you really love.

Third, select a width you like, preferably one that will look good on your finger. For delicate hands, it is better to buy a narrower band, but on a larger hand, a 2-4mm ring may look even thinner than it actually is.

- How can you tell if platinum is real?

All platinum jewelry has a hallmark that indicates its authenticity and/or purity. If your platinum jewelry doesn’t have a mark with letters and/or numbers (for example PLAT 950 would indicate a 95% platinum purity) you can take your ring to a jeweler who can perform an acid test.

At home, you can immerse platinum jewelry in hydrogen peroxide. Platinum immediately reacts to hydrogen peroxide and creates bubbles, but the metal itself is not affected or damaged by this. If your ring doesn’t produce any bubbles, it is not a platinum ring.

Another method to test the authenticity of platinum is the density test. First, weigh the ring and note down the number in grams. Fill a graduated jug or cylinder with water and mark down the water level. Drop your ring inside the container and mark down the elevated water level. Measure the difference between the original water level and the second water level to find the water displacement number. To know what density your ring is, divide the mass of the ring to the volume of water it displaced in milliliters. If the number is close to platinum’s density of 21.45 g/cm3, you have a real platinum ring.

- Can platinum rings be resized?

Yes, platinum rings can be resized, although the process of altering a platinum ring will be more time-consuming, more complex, and more expensive compared to yellow gold and silver rings. This is because platinum is denser and has a higher melting point. Rings with prong settings and precious stones are even more difficult to resize, though not impossible.

- What are 3 interesting facts about platinum?

The oldest use of platinum dates back to ancient Egypt, 1200 BC, as archaeologists have found gold objects with traces of platinum from that era. In 600 BC in South America, platinum was used in an alloy with gold to make artifacts.

From 1889 to 2019, a cylinder of platinum-iridium was used to measure the standard unit of a kilogram.

Currently, platinum is used in industrial applications more than in jewelry manufacturing. Among all industrial uses that range from electronics to magnet manufacturing, the most common use for platinum is in the production of catalytic converters in the automotive industry.

- Is platinum a silver?

No, platinum and silver are two different precious metals. They look similar as they both have a silvery gray hue, but platinum is slightly brighter than white gold. Holding a platinum and a silver ring will instantly help you tell the difference: platinum is denser and heavier than silver.

Diamond Bands:

- Can you shower with a diamond ring?

You should take off your jewelry while showering to protect it from potential damage. While diamonds are incredibly hard and resistant to scratches, they may become dull if exposed to soap, shampoo, and shower gels that contain oils. The ring’s metal may also scratch or develop a patina over time. Finally, you can lose a diamond down the drain if the stone is loose in the setting. 

- What can break a diamond?

Diamonds are the hardest natural material, but their hardness also make them brittle. For example, hitting a diamond with a hammer will break the stone completely if you also hit it at the right angle. Every diamond has cleavage patterns (lines) that indicate the way it has crystallized. If you hit one of these lines, it’s easier to break the diamond with less force.

- Can you burn a diamond?

Yes, you can burn a diamond. Using a blowtorch or another source of heat will cause carbon combustion, although you will need to reach a temperature of 700-900 degrees Celsius or 1,292-1652 degrees Fahrenheit to burn a diamond. In the right conditions and with enough oxygen, a diamond will simply burn off into carbon dioxide.

- Why Diamond has no resale value?

Diamonds do have resale value, but it depends on certain factors. If the diamond comes with a certificate of authenticity and it has a high value, a high carat and clarity, it will be easier to resell. A ring from a well-known company like Cartier or Tiffany is also much easier to resell.

Generally, it is difficult to find a jeweler that will either give you a fair price for your used diamond ring or even accept it in the first place. Many jewelers buy diamonds in bulk at a discount and will not pay a higher price for a used diamond.

- Do diamonds look better in white or yellow gold?

Choosing white or yellow gold for a diamond ring is a matter of personal preference. Diamonds look slightly different depending on whether they are set in a yellow or white metal. The clearest diamonds with a class D, E, and F will look better on a white gold or other silvery hued metal, while diamonds with a rating of K and lower will have slight yellow hints and will look good in a matching yellow band. Pink and blue diamonds are usually paired with platinum, white gold, and silver colored metals.

- Which Diamond Cut is cheapest?

While prices may vary, generally emerald cuts are the cheapest. The price also changes depending on the carats. For example, for 0.5 carats, the emerald cut is the cheapest, but at 2.0 carats the cheapest option can be either a pear cut or a marquise cut. In the 0.7 to 1.5 carat categories the cheapest cuts are often cushion.

- Which diamond cut sparkles most?

Round brilliant cut diamonds sparkle the most and they are also generally the most expensive cut, across all carats. They have the most facets, at 57-58, which means that they appear much brighter and sparkly compared to a single cut diamond with 17-18 facets.

- Which diamond cut looks biggest?

Diamond cuts with fancy shapes like marquise can make the stone look bigger. The elongated and flatter shape of the diamond makes it seem larger. These cuts are also usually cheaper than a round cut. By contrast, round cut diamonds seem slightly smaller but they run deeper.

- What is the most expensive diamond color?

Red diamonds are the most expensive color because they are the rarest. The largest known red diamond is the Moussaieff Red Diamond. It has a weight of 5.11 carats, a triangular brilliant cut, and an estimated price of $20 million.

- Which Diamond color is best?

The best diamonds are colorless. Diamonds’ color is measured using the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) system, which goes from D (colorless) to Z (yellow or brown). Grades D, E, and F mark a diamond as colorless and they are also the most expensive. G, H, I, and J are near colorless and provide the best value. K has faint yellow hints, while L to Z grades have noticeable yellow and light brown hues. The diamond cut and size can also alter color perception. For example, a K color diamond under 1 carat with a pear shape may seem less colored than the same diamond in a larger size and a round cut.

- Why are Princess cut diamonds cheaper?

Princess cut diamonds are easier to make thanks to their square shape. They also use more of the rough diamond compared to a round cut, for example. They have a smaller face-up size compared to a round cut diamond with the same carat.

- How many carats should an engagement ring be?

This depends on personal preference. On average, engagement rings are between 0.5 and 1 carats, with most people in the US preferring the 1 carat option as it balances price and value.

- Is a 1 carat diamond big?

Carat refers to the weight, not the size of a diamond. 1 carat is 0.20 grams. Size is actually determined more by the cut of the diamond rather than its weight, although a diamond will be larger if it weighs more. A perfectly cut 1 carat round diamond should be around 6.5mm, but it can also be 5mm, depending on the cut type.

- Is Black Diamond rare?

Yes, black diamonds are rare, but not as rare as pink or red diamonds, which are the rarest colored diamonds in the world.

- Why do diamonds turn yellow?

Diamonds never change their color over time. However, they may appear slightly yellow in certain lighting conditions, depending on the color grade of the stone. For example, the highest grade D is colorless, but a grade of K and lower (with Z the lowest) will show hints of yellow and even a light brown color.

- What clarity diamond is best?

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has a 6-grade system for diamond clarity, all applying to a 10x magnification. Inclusion refers to the unique features and irregularities that appear when diamonds are formed. Fewer inclusions means a diamond is clearer and thus more valuable. From the highest to lowest, the GIA clarity grades are Flawless (FL),Internally Flawless (IF), Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2), Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2), Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2), and Included (I1, I2, and I3).

Which diamond cut is better round or princess?

A round cut diamond is considered better and more valuable than a princess cut. It is also more expensive than a princess cut, across all carats.

- Do Black Diamonds hold value?

Natural black diamonds are rarer than colorless diamonds but they are cheaper due to lower demand. Since diamonds in general are harder to sell unless they have a certificate of authenticity and a high color grade and an excellent cut, black diamonds are even harder to resell. Of course, a high carat black diamond with a perfect cut will be easier to sell.

- Are Costco diamonds worth it?

The simple answer is usually no, because there are many reputable online stores with better prices, quality, and after-sale services.

Compared to online retailers that specialize in diamonds, Cotsco doesn’t offer the same range of services or the same variety of diamonds. While you can find over 100,000 loose diamonds in many reputable online stores, Cotsco often has a few hundred in stock.

Many Cotsco diamonds don’t come with a grading report from organizations like GIA or AGSL. For the highest grades, the company often uses a different grading system instead of GIA’s. Some cuts are also graded with the GIA Very Good rating, which is too low if you want to get the best cut.

Finally, Cotsco’s prices can often be higher than specialized diamond stores, but the company doesn’t offer many of the after-sale services which are standard with reputable online diamond shops.

- What's more important color or clarity?

Generally, the color is more important, but it also depends on the metal of the diamond ring. For example, for a diamond set in a white gold or platinum band color is more important, as any hint of yellow in the stone will look even more noticeable. Likewise, for diamonds set in a yellow gold band the clarity is more important, as the color of the gold will offset yellow tints. The cut and size of the diamond also affects this balance. Round cut diamonds should be above J in color for platinum but they can be as low as M for a gold band. Other cuts can be I-K for a yellow ring and at least H or I for white gold or platinum bands.

- How can I tell if my black diamond is real?

Examine your black diamond with a magnifying glass. If it does not have any imperfections, it is probably a fake black diamond. Brown edges on the stone may also indicate that the black diamond is not natural, but a color-treated diamond. However, the best and safest way to find out if your black diamond is real is by visiting a reputable jeweler.

- Where can I buy high quality diamonds?

Online shops have become increasingly more popular over the last few years and have even surpassed brick-and-mortar jewelers in popularity. They offer a larger selection of diamonds along with a completely transparent purchasing process, HD videos, reliable grading certificates, and a range of after-sale services. Since online stores don’t have the operating costs of physical stores, they can also sell high-quality diamonds cheaper.

There are many companies that offer high-quality diamonds, among them James Allen, Blue Nile, Leibish, and White Flash. If your budget is high enough, you can also buy high-quality diamonds from world-renowned jewelers like Cartier, Tiffany, or Bulgari.

- Is Blue Nile legit?

Yes, Blue Nile is one of the most respected diamond retailer. Founded in 1999, the company has received many industry awards. It was included in Forbes’ list of 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America and it was chosen as a “Forbes Favorite" online jeweler.  Blue Nile offers over 150,000 diamonds with a color grading between D and K (they don’t sell lower color grades at all) and with a clarity between FL and SI2. Every loose diamond comes with a grading report from GIA, AGSL, or GemEx.

- What is the best way to buy diamonds?

The best way to buy diamonds is to follow the 4Cs: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat.

Choosing the cut is probably the most important step, as the cut affects a diamond’s value as well as the way it looks. The best and most expensive cut is a round cut, but many people prefer a princess, emerald, or a marquise cut.

The color of a diamond ranges from the rating D (colorless) to Z (yellow or light brown). G, H, and I colors often offer the best value, although the choice of metal also matters when choosing a diamond. For example, if you want a yellow gold band for your ring, you can buy a cheaper K or even M rated diamond that will appear less colored alongside the warm gold color.

Clarity refers to the inclusions present in a diamond. This is the GIA rating system with grades from best to worst: FL (flawless),IF, VVS1 and VVS2, VS1 and VS2, SI1 and SI2, and I1, I2, and I3

The carat refers to the weight of the diamond. In the US, the average carat for an engagement ring is 1.

- What are the worst inclusions in a diamond?

Only Flawless rated diamonds have no inclusions, so keep in mind that if you are buying a diamond with a lower clarity that FL, you will have a stone with one or more inclusions. The severity of the inclusion lowers a diamond’s clarity rating, but the type of inclusion also matters. For example, you should avoid black spots, inclusions at the top or the center of the diamond, cloudy areas that cover a large portion of the stone, and larger cracks. A diamond with a fracture on the center and deep into the stone can break into two pieces with enough force. Buying your ring from reputable stores will give you access to the diamond’s GIA clarity grade, so you’ll be able to see exactly what types of inclusions are present in your diamond.

- Can you scratch a real diamond?

Diamonds are rated 10 on the Mohs hardness scale – the maximum. As a result, they cannot be scratched by a material with a lower rating. In everyday situations, you can’t scratch a real diamond.

- Why are diamonds cheaper online?

Online stores do not have the operating costs of physical stores, including property rental, staff, and store maintenance. They can also list diamonds from wholesalers without having to buy the stones. As a result, online retailers can offer the same diamond at a 30%-40% lower price compared to a brick-and-mortar store.

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