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Contemporary Metal Wedding Bands

Alternative Metal Wedding Bands for the Modern Couple

Contemporary metal wedding bands offer a variety of options when it comes to design. From eye-catching colors to nontraditional materials, contemporary metal bands open a world of possibilities for couples to show off their modern and unique styles.

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Precious Metals vs. Contemporary Metals

Contemporary Metals

Contemporary metals, such as tungsten, titanium, cobalt, stainless steel, tantalum, ceramic, and silicone, are more common than their precious counterparts. They are durable, extremely easy to maintain over time, and are available in a wide range of styles and colors. Rings made with contemporary metals appeal to those who prefer a modern style option set at an accessible price point.

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Precious Metals

Classic or precious metals, such as gold, platinum, palladium, and sterling silver, are more rare than other metals, so they tend to cost more and hold a higher value over time. As comparatively soft metals, they are easy to work with and customize. Rings made with precious metals appeal to those who value classic, timeless appeal with varied style.

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Tungsten Wedding Bands and Tungsten Bands

Tungsten

Tungsten wedding bands are made from a combination of tungsten and carbide. Options are available in a polished or satin finish. While naturally gray in color, select styles feature combinations with colored PVD and inlays.

Weight
Heavy
Scratch Resistance
High
Crack Resistant
No
Sizable
No
Hypoallergenic
No
Durability
High
Customizable
No

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Titanium Wedding Bands and Titanium Bands

Titanium

Titanium wedding bands are made of 99.9% pure surgical implant quality titanium — a strong and light contemporary metal. Options are available in a polished or satin finish. While naturally gray in color, select styles feature combinations with colored PVD and inlays.

Weight
Light
Scratch Resistance
Low
Crack Resistant
No
Sizable
No
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Durability
High
Customizable
No

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Cobalt Wedding Bands and Cobalt Bands

Cobalt

Cobalt wedding bands are made using a high-quality industrial material. Cobalt polishes well, which gives it that extra shine. While naturally white in color, select styles feature combinations with inlays.

Weight
Medium
Scratch Resistance
High
Crack Resistant
Yes
Sizable
No
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Durability
High
Customizable
No

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Stainless Steel Wedding Band and Stainless Steel Bands

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel wedding bands are made from 316L, also known as surgical steel. Options are available in bright and satin finish, which polishes well. While medium gray or black in color, select styles feature a Damascus steel pattern.

Weight
Medium
Scratch Resistance
Low
Crack Resistant
No
Sizable
No
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Durability
High
Customizable
No

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Tantalum Wedding Bands and Tantalem Bands

Tantalum

Tantalum wedding bands are new to the jewelry industry. Considered a premium contemporary metal, tantalum is heavyweight — similar to platinum — and is the only contemporary metal that allows for special finish customization. Tantalum is naturally gray in color with a hint of blue.

Weight
Heavy
Scratch Resistance
Low
Crack Resistant
Yes
Sizable
No
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Durability
Average
Customizable
Yes — finishes

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Ceramic Wedding Bands and Ceramic Bands

Ceramic

Ceramic wedding bands are made from jewelry-grade ceramic known as titanium carbide. This permanently polished jewelry is lightweight, colorfast, heat resistant, and shines with a smooth finish. Ceramic wedding bands are available in a variety of colors and textures.

Weight
Light
Scratch Resistance
High
Crack Resistant
No
Sizable
No
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Durability
Average
Customizable
No

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Silicon Wedding Bands and Silicone Bands

Silicone

Silicone wedding bands are made of a rubber-like plastic composed of silicone, oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen. This material is low in toxicity, high in heat tolerance, and perfect for active use. Styles are available in a variety of colors.

Weight
Medium
Scratch Resistance
High
Crack Resistant
Yes
Sizable
No
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Durability
High
Customizable
No

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Zirconium Wedding Bands and Zirconium Bands

Zirconium

Zirconium wedding bands are exceptionally durable and provide a long-lasting option against daily wear. Naturally silver in color, zirconium withstands extreme heat and oxidation to form a permanent, dark shade that resists fading. Styles are available in a variety of profiles, including European and knife edge.

Weight
Light
Scratch Resistance
High
Crack Resistant
Yes
Sizable
No
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Durability
High
Customizable
No

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Stuller's Contemporary Metal Wedding Bands

Contemporary metal bands are made of durable materials, such as Tungsten, Tantalum, Titanium, Cobalt, Stainless Steel, Silicone, and Ceramic.