While our post on titanium vs tungsten goes in to a bit of detail about the two metals, and compares their major differences. We wanted to go through some of the strengths and weaknesses of titanium in greater depth here.
Titanium Is Strong
Titanium is very strong, in fact it’s as strong as steel. But you can of course by steel jewellery as well, and it’s usually a fair bit cheaper than the titanium equivalent. So why would you buy a titanium wedding ring over it’s stainless steel counterpart? The answer lies largely in its weight. While they have similar strength characteristics, titanium is 40% lighter.
Titanium Is light… So What?
One of the drawbacks to the weight of steel and tungsten is that for some people they can be really uncomfortable. This is usually the case for men who don’t like wearing mens wedding rings, but all of a sudden find themselves in the situation that they now have a wife who insists on it! A titanium wedding ring is so light that you barely know that you’re wearing a ring, so this makes it a great choice for those with “ringphobia” (yes, we just made that up).
Titanium Is Green
Another lesser known fact about titanium is that it comes from a sand product. This means that you don’t need massive open cut mines to extract it from the earth, and also means that it is plentiful. The cost involved comes from the difficulty in extracting it from the source material. Fortunately, unlike most other metals, processing and producing titanium is far less harmful to the environment than pretty much any other metal.
The Healthy Choice
Titanium is not only “green” it’s also the healthy choice. Until the discovery of titanium (and improved ability to shape and manufacturer the metal), surgical stainless steel was most used when it came to replacing or binding replacement body parts (like skull plates, hip replacements and pins to hold bones together). Titanium is even better though, as it reacts less to the body than any other metal.
Can It Be Removed?
One concern many have with the idea of wearing a mens wedding band made from titanium is that it may be difficult to remove in the event of an emergency. We took a titanium ring to a local hospital emergency room and asked them if they could please try to remove it from a finger using their standard ring removal tool. They proceeded to do so with no more trouble than any other metal. The reason this is the case is because their tools have tungsten carbide blades, which allow them to be able to cut through and metal ring, including tungsten carbide.
So Titanium Is Perfect Then
Nothing is perfect unfortunately, and this includes titanium. While titanium is very strong, which prevents it from bending and denting like soft metals, it still will scratch over time. While it’s more scratch resistant than gold or silver, it’s not scratch-proof, and if you want it to look as good as new, you will occasionally need to get it re-polished.