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Alternative Metals

Karly_MCMAG_0001What are some alternative metals used for men’s rings?

When people think of metals the first thing that comes to mind is usually
gold, white gold or sterling silver. While these metals are still widely used
in men’s jewelry, there are now many different alternative metals that are
being used.
Tungsten Carbide is a heavy metal with a hard scratch resistant surface. It is grey to gun metal in color.
It’s also hypoallergenic and will never tarnish like sterling silver. It is a very hard metal, ranking a 9 on
the Mohs hardness scale (that’s right up there with sapphires and rubies.) Tungsten can be mixed with
other materials, such as black or blue carbon fiber or gold, to create a unique look.
Titanium is a lightweight but durable metal that ranks a 6.75 on the Mohs hardness scale, (that’s
comparable to tanzanite and peridot.) Titanium is hypoallergenic and will not tarnish. It is a silver
metal that has a charcoal grey tint. It has 3 times the strength of steel, but is 42% lighter which makes
this metal a very good option for jewelry.
Cobalt Chrome is a naturally bright white metal. It is an alloy that mainly consists of cobalt, chromium
and tungsten. It is hypoallergenic and will not tarnish. Cobalt Chrome is four times harder than platinum!
Because of this super strength, this metal will not scratch, shatter or crack.
Vitalium is a brilliant pure white metal. This metal is twice as hard as cobalt chrome, five times harder
than titanium, six times harder than platinum and nine times harder than silver. It’s hypoallergenic and
will not oxidize, tarnish, scratch or discolor.
Stop in the store anytime to checkout these alternative metal rings.
Karly Bulinski, Graduate Gemoligist

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