Choosing a Ring

Choosing His Wedding band

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After choosing an engagement ring for your bride-to-be, selecting your own wedding band will be a piece of cake. You can go for a plain band or one with more detail – perhaps even some gemstones. The main quandary is what metal you want to go for. Some of our bands combine metals (check out our gold and silver Perfect Union Collection) to keep things interesting!

 

Titanium Titanium is the hardest natural metal in the world. While it is incredibly strong, it’s also very lightweight, which some people find more comfortable on the finger. It carries a silver-grey-white color and pure titanium is 100% hypoallergenic, which means there’s no chance you’ll be allergic to it. It’s scratch resistant but one thing to consider when looking at titanium is the fact that, because of its strength, a titanium ring isn’t easily resized. Platinum

Platinum is the purest and most valuable of the metals used for fine jewelry. It is one of the strongest and most durable metals in the world. Its white luster shows little wear and wonderfully enhances gemstones, making it ideal for settings. Jewelry must be at least 95% pure platinum to earn the “PLAT” stamp.

Gold Rare, versatile and highly desirable, gold makes striking jewelry of all kinds. However, pure gold is too soft to be used by itself in jewelry, so it must be combined with an alloy (base metal). At Shane Co., you’ll only find gold jewelry of 14k and above. That’s because 10k gold jewelry contains less than 50% actual gold – too little to meet our standards for quality. A person usually leans more towards yellow or white gold – but some of our men’s bands also contain rose gold. Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is a metal containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% other alloys – often copper, germanium, zinc or platinum. In its purist form, silver it too soft to be made into jewelry, hence the need for the added alloys. Should any tarnish appear, it is easily cleaned. It also has a lower price point than both gold and platinum.

ColbaltCobalt wedding bands are becoming increasingly popular for their many positive attributes. For starters, they are extremely strong – four times harder than platinum, five times harder than gold and seven times harder than silver. This resilience and durability means that cobalt is shatterproof and scratch resistant. Due to its white color, cobalt has been likened to platinum in terms of appearance. It has a high luster that won’t fade or discolor over time. 

 

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