Wedding Band Alternatives

Alternative metal bands are becoming a more common style of wedding bands because of their durability, customization, and they are hypoallergenic. There are still many different kinds of alternative metal wedding bands though so it can be confusing about which one is best for you, your job, and lifestyle. You could also be looking at Precious Metal bands, which could be right for you. Each type of metal band is graded on a scale from 1 to 5 for scratch resistance, crack resistance, weight, durability, being hypoallergenic, and customization. We will go over with you all the characteristics of the different metals and hopefully help you out on which is best for you!

 

Damascus Steel

  • Blend of up to 120 layers of two different types of stainless steel to make a beautiful, durable band
  • This ancient metalworking skill has extra artistic value since no two rings are alike
  • Lashbrook offers a classic pattern and four custom patterns in Damascus Steel
  • Scratch Resistance- 3 out of 5
  • Crack Resistance- 4 out of 5
  • Weight- 3 out of 5
  • Durability- 4 out of 5
  • Hypoallergenic- 3 out of 5
  • Customizable- 3 out of 5

Platinum

  • Precious Metal
  • Platinum is stronger than gold and silver so it protects your stones more
  • One of the densest metals
  • Scratch Resistant- 1 out of 5
  • Crack Resistant- 5 out of 5
  • Weight- 5 out of 5
  • Durability- 2 out of 5
  • Hypoallergenic- 5 out of 5
  • Customizable- 5 out of 5

 

Gold

  • Precious Metal
  • Can be alloyed down from pure gold
  • Can be alloyed to make white, or rose gold instead of yellow
  • Scratch Resistance- 1 out of 5
  • Crack Resistance- 5 out of 5
  • Weight- 5 out of 5
  • Durability- 1 out of 5
  • Hypoallergenic- 2 out of 5
  • Customizable- 5 out of 5

Cobalt Chrome

  • Lustrous hypoallergenic metal
  • Will stand up to wear and tear
  • Is versatile enough to create stunning classic or contemporary styles
  • Scratch Resistant- 3 out of 5
  • Crack Resistant- 5 out of 5
  • Weight- 3 out of 5
  • Durability- 4 out of 5
  • Hypoallergenic- 4 out of 5
  • Customizable- 4 out of 5

 

Elysium

  • Made of diamond crystals pressed together
  • Looks black because no sun can get between crystals
  • Can tear up concrete
  • Can scratch glass
  • Can be dragged across metal file and still look new
  • Scratch Resistance- 5 out of 5
  • Crack Resistance- 3 out of 5
  • Weight- 1 out of 5
  • Durability- 5 out of 5
  • Hypoallergenic- 5 out of 5
  • Customizable- 1 out of 5

 

Zirconium

  • Zirconium is typically used in medical applications and nuclear reactors
  • Creates lustrous black layer when heat treated, which makes it very scratch resistant
  • Offers highest design versatility of any alternative metal
  • Scratch Resistant- 3 out of 5
  • Crack Resistant- 5 out of 5
  • Weight- 2 out of 5
  • Durability- 3 out of 5
  • Hypoallergenic- 5 out of 5
  • Customizable- 3 out of 5

 

Tungsten Ceramic

  • Is very scratch resistant, but is also very brittle
  • Scratch Resistant- 4 out of 5
  • Crack Resistant- 2 out of 5
  • Weight- 4 out of 5
  • Durability- 3 out of 5
  • Hypoallergenic- 3 out of 5
  • Customizable- 1 out of 5

 

Titanium

  • Lashbrook uses aerospace grade Titanium for ALL Titanium bands
  • More than 50,000 styles in Titanium
  • Light weight, but lots of strength
  • Scratch Resistant- 3 out of 5
  • Crack Resistant- 5 out of 5
  • Weight- 1 out of 5
  • Durability- 4 out of 5
  • Hypoallergenic- 5 out of 5
  • Customizable- 4 out of 5

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