3724 Ashwood Drive Essex, Florida (PressExposure) April 15, 2009 -- Many have come to associate jewelry with femininity. From luxurious earrings to glamorous necklaces, the kinds of jewelry associated with women are often delicate and sophisticated. However, when it comes to wedding rings, jewelers are now shifting their focus from the feminine taste to a more masculine taste.
Traditionally, gold is the first choice of men when it comes to wedding rings. Besides being superior when it comes to conveying a sense of luxury, gold wedding rings are also built to last a lifetime. Recently, however, other catalysts aside from gold have also been used to offer a wider selection for men's wedding rings. Some of these materials are as follows:
White gold is an alloy made from yellow gold and another element such as nickel, palladium, and rhodium which gives it its white pigmentation. What makes it perfect as a man's wedding ring is its white luster that greatly imitates that of a platinum wedding ring and yet, at the same time, it costs only a fraction of platinum. The only major disadvantage with white gold and white gold wedding rings is that they tend to lose their luster over time. Re-plating is and should be done after every 2 to 3 years of use in order to maintain the luxurious white pigmentation
Titanium is one of the recently used metals for wedding rings. It's lustrous gunmetal grey color makes it a popular choice for men. Aside from its color, titanium is also known for its durability. It is highly resistant to corrosion and it can withstand acids from salt water and sweat. Compared to other metals, titanium is also well known for its lightness. Although this particular characteristic makes it popular to some people, jewelers do not specifically like this because it makes titanium lose its sense of sophistication as a jewelry and makes it seem like just a normal metal.
Another metal that is now being used for wedding rings is tungsten. tungsten wedding bands has recently become popular because of its weight. Tungsten is heavier than titanium so it seems to convey the sense of sophistication that titanium bands seems to lack. Like the latter, tungsten is also considered as one of the toughest metals around. It has the highest melting point of all the non-alloyed metals and the second highest of all the elements after carbon. What makes tungsten wedding bands more popular than other wedding bands is that they possess a lustrous dark hue that can be buffed to a mirror finish - a characteristic that is unique to their main component which is tungsten carbide.