Cobalt Alloy with Chromium
Cobalt alloy is a bright white metal, giving it the appearance of platinum. It's heavier than other alternative metals (such as titanium), giving it a heavier feeling for those who want heft to their wedding jewelry.
Cobalt alloy rings are fairly scratch-resistant. It is also a metal that allows for easy resizing, unlike some of the other contemporary metals on the market today.
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Shiny and strong, stainless steel rings can be polished to take on different looks - the more matte look of pewter or the reflective look of chrome. Either way, some people appreciate the sturdy, modern look of the metal.
Stainless Steel is mixed with at least 10.5% chromium to resist oxidation.
You can clean stainless steel jewelry easily with dish soap, water and a soft cloth.
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Black, grey or silver, titanium rings often have inlays of other metals and commonly come with polished or satin finishes.
Titanium jewelry doesn't include alloys and is hypoallergenic.
Titanium is one of the lightest, strongest, and most scratch-resistant metals available for wedding rings. Titanium wedding rings cannot be sized.
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This silvery metal alloy is the hardest metal, a 9 on the Moh's Scale. Tungsten rings create a brilliant, hard-looking shine.
Tungsten carbide is a scratch - and chemically-resistant compound and is relatively hypoallergenic.
Little maintenance is required for tungsten carbide wedding bands because of the metal alloy's hardness. Tungsten rings cannot be sized.
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Tantalum is dark-bluish to dark gray in color. While it won't tarnish, it's important to note that tantalum jewelry may show signs of natural wear over time.
Tantalum jewelry is heat resistant, shatter-proof, hypoallergenic and won't tarnish.
When you're not wearing tantalum jewelry, store the piece in the original box or a soft cloth bag. To clean, gently wipe with warm water and a soft cloth.
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