Titanium

Titanium rings

Titanium provides several unique factors that make it a good metal for jewelry. It is very strong, more dent, bend and scratch resistant than gold, silver and platinum, is lightweight and importantly offers an exotic array of colors which other metals simply do not.

Titanium and white gold wedding ringOne factor to consider with titanium is that titanium cannot be soldered, which means that titanium rings cannot normally be resized.

Titanium rings made using pure titanium can normally be cut-off the finger in the event of an emergency, though they are more difficult to cut-off than gold, silver or platinum rings. Aircraft grade titanium rings normally cannot be cut-off in the event of an emergency.

Titanium is popular in earrings and bracelets for both ladies and men.

Quick Reference – What types of jewelry are suitable for titanium?
Ladies engagement ringsTitanium engagement rings are available, though because titanium cannot be soldered, the prong setting styles common in engagement rings cannot be made using titanium. The range of titanium engagement rings available is therefore significantly limited compared to gold and platinum engagement rings. Titanium engagement rings cannot be resized in the future, because the titanium cannot be re-soldered.
Ladies and men’s wedding ringsTitanium is an increasingly popular choice for wedding rings. Although the same metal is recommended for use in both a lady’s engagement ring and wedding ring, some ladies are preferring to wear titanium rings with their 18kt engagement rings. Titanium wedding rings cannot be resized in the future, because the titanium cannot be re-soldered.
EarringsTitanium is suitable to be used in earrings. Some titanium earrings are now available. The range available is normally smaller than for gold and silver.
Pendants and necklacesTitanium is not commonly used in pendants and necklaces due to the inability to solder titanium, limiting the shapes and designs that can be created.
BraceletsTitanium offers a lightweight alternative to gold and is more affordable for use in bracelets, making it a popular choice for men’s bracelets. The color of titanium is also appealing to men and often matches the color of men’s watches.

Platinum

Platinum is a white metal, but unlike gold it is used in jewelry in almost its pure form (approximately 95% pure). Platinum is extremely long wearing and is very white, so it does not need to be rhodium plated like white gold does.

Platinum is very dense and heavy metal, so a platinum ring will feel heavier than an 18kt gold ring.

Platinum wedding ringPlatinum is, however, significantly more expensive than gold. With all other things being the same, a platinum ring will be approximately twice the price of an 18kt white gold ring.

Platinum is a prestige choice and is often chosen for its sophisticated appeal and popularity amongst the rich and famous.

Platinum is normally not used in the full range of jewelry products due to its higher price.

Platinum wedding ringPlatinum is mainly used in ladies engagement rings, ladies wedding rings and men’s wedding rings.

Platinum can also be used to make dress rings, though it is not commonly used to make earrings, pendants, bracelets or necklaces.

Quick Reference – What types of jewelry are suitable for platinum?
Ladies engagement ringsPlatinum is suited to ladies engagement rings. It is an increasingly popular choice. Platinum engagement rings can be resized in the future.
Gillett’s Jewellers can custom make platinum engagement rings.
Ladies wedding ringsLadies who wear platinum engagement rings normally choose platinum wedding rings.
Platinum wedding rings can be resized in the future.
Gillett’s Jewellers can custom make ladies platinum wedding rings.
Men’s wedding ringsPlatinum is suitable for men’s wedding rings, though it is significantly more expensive than other metal options, making it less popular for men’s wedding rings. The choice of men’s platinum wedding rings will normally be more limited than with gold wedding rings.
Gillett’s Jewellers can custom make men’s platinum wedding rings.
Dress ringsPlatinum is suitable for men’s and ladies dress rings, though it is significantly more expensive than other metal options, making it less popular for this type of ring. The range of platinum dress rings will normally be limited..
Earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklacesPlatinum is not commonly available in these types of jewelry due to its increased expense.

Palladium

Palladium is a white metal which is has a silver-grey-white color and is similar to platinum. Palladium is one of the metals that is part of the platinum group of metals. The platinum group metals share similar chemical properties.

Palladium is well suited to use with engagement rings and wedding rings.

A few short years ago the price of palladium was actually higher than platinum, however, the price of palladium is now lower than platinum, making it a more affordable option.

Quick Reference – What types of jewelry are suitable for palladium?
Ladies engagement ringsPalladium is not recommended for engagement rings. Palladium has only relatively recently begun being used in engagement ring designs, so the number of palladium engagement ring designs will normally be smaller than for other metals.
Ladies and men’s wedding ringsPalladium is recommended for wedding rings
Dress ringsPalladium is suitable for use in dress rings, though the number of palladium dress ring designs will normally be limited.
Earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklacesPalladium is suitable for use in earrings and pendants, though it is rarely used to make these items.

Silver

Sterling silver is a white-grey colored metal which is less expensive than gold, platinum and titanium.

Silver is a softer metal than gold, titanium and platinum and does not have hardness that the other metals do.

Silver is a popular metal for use in jewelry such as earrings, pendants, bracelets, necklaces and dress rings. It is best used for jewelry that will not be worn every day for an extended period. For that reason it is usually not recommend to be chosen for ladies and men’s wedding rings, and is not suitable for ladies engagement rings.

Silver is also more prone to oxidisation, sometimes causing the silver to turn black. The silver jewelry can easily be made to look like new again if you use a silver jewelry cleaner (available from most department stores) or if you have your jewelry cleaned by a local jeweler.

Quick Reference – What types of jewelry are suitable for silver?
Ladies engagement ringsSilver is not recommended for engagement rings.
Ladies and men’s wedding ringsSilver is not recommended for wedding rings
Dress ringsSilver is suitable for use in rings that will be worn as dress rings. These rings are generally not worn every day for an extended number of years. The range of silver dress rings for ladies and men is often quite wide and they include simple silver rings, diamond silver rings and gemstone silver rings.
Earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklacesSilver is a very popular choice for earrings as it is very cost effective and has an appealing color.

Tungsten Carbide

Tungsten carbide, also referred to simply as tungsten, is a very hard, strong and durable metal. It’s also quite heavy.

Tungsten has a characteristic unique to this special metal – tungsten is highly scratch resistant.

Unlike gold, platinum and even titanium, tungsten rings do not scratch with everyday wear like the other metals do.

It is technically possible to scratch tungsten, though only with objects that are harder than tungsten. So that leaves diamonds, sapphires, rubies and ceramic. Though unless you dragged the tip of a loose diamond along the tungsten, the metal will stay scratch resistant.

Having a wedding band that’s scratch resistant offers a lot of advantages.

Tungsten always looks new and bright and shiny. Tungsten offers what’s referred to as a permanent polish, which means that it doesn’t need to be re-polished. So, it doesn’t need the polishing maintenance that gold, platinum and titanium rings do.

Tungsten stands up to the wear that even the roughest husbands can dish-out, making it a popular choice for men’s wedding rings.

Tungsten has an appealing color which almost all men like. The tungsten color is a grey-white color, similar to that of white gold or titanium.

Tungsten is particularly popular in men’s wedding rings.

The range of tungsten jewellery is generally more restricted than for other metals.

Tungsten rings cannot be resized (as tungsten can’t be cut and resoldered), so it’s important to have your finger size accuratley measured before buying a tungsten ring.

Ladies engagement ringsTungsten carbide is not recommended for engagement rings. Tungsten carbide is a hard metal to work with making it not suitable for use in most engagement ring designs.
Ladies wedding ringsTungsten carbide is not normally used for ladies rings, as most ladies choose the matching metal used in their engagement ring
Men’s wedding ringsTungsten carbide is becoming popular for use in men’s wedding rings. The range of tungsten carbide wedding rings is normally more limited than for gold and titanium.
EarringsTungsten carbide is not readily available in earrings.
PendantsTungsten carbide is not readily available in pendants.
Bracelets and necklacesTungsten carbide is not readily available in pendants.