Men's rings come in many different metals, and each metal has it's own unique characteristics. Buyers should thoroughly research their metal options.
Below is an overview of the most popular men's rings metals:
Cobalt rings have become popular because of their strength and durability.
Damascus Steel Rings
Damascus steel is an ancient metal that actually used to be made in sword making
Aluminum rings don't rust and are leight weight for a metal
Brass is a tough and heavy metal that is an alloy of copper and zinc.
Bronze has been used for rings for thousands of years, but can turn greenish if not preserved well.
Copper is a popular metal for its antimicrobial properties
Gold Filled Rings
Gold filled is usually a brass alloy, but must contain at least 1/20 or 5% gold to be called gold filled.
Gold Plated Rings
Gold plated is commonly copper or silver bases with a "coat" of gold applied on exterior.
Multi-Tone Gold Rings
Multi-Tone Gold Rings contain gold and another metal, commonly silver
PewterRings are light, typically made of tin with traces of other hard metals like copper.
Platinum rings are common for wedding ring bands, and used as a setting for expensive diamonds and gemstones as well. Platinum is a precious metal and fairly expensive.
Platinum Plated Rings
Platinum plated rings coat the alloy with platinum, but over time the coating starts fading from the alloy.
Rhodium is a platinum group metal and typically used for plating, a pure rhodium ring would be very rare and extremely expensive.
Rhodium Plated Rings
Rhodium is commonly used as a plating for white gold and platinum, which helps the metal shine.
Rose Gold Rings
Roes gold rings use more copper than silver when combined with gold to create a rose or pinkish hue.
Silver Plated Rings
Silver plated rings are primarily a cheaper alloy like copper, and then plated with silver to give a "white" color.
Stainless Steel Rings
Stainless steel is corrosion resistant making it an ideal metal for a ring. Stainleess steel must contain at least 10.5% chomium.
Sterling Silver Rings
Sterling silver rings are rings that are 92.5% silver. The other metal is an alloy, often copper to strengthen the sterling silver.
Surgical Steel Rings
Certain types of surgical steel such as 316L makes an interesting metal for a ring because of it's low propensity to cause an allergic reaction.
Tibetan Silver Rings
Tibetan silver isn't actually silver, but an alloy of copper with tin or nickel. The metal appears to be silver to the naked eye.
Titanium is extremely lightwight and strong. A titatium ring is typically 90% titanium, 6% aluminum, and 4% vanadium.
Titanium Plated Rings
Titanium platinum rings are comprised of a cheaper alloy and coated in titanium.
Tungsten has a very similiar metal density and weight as gold. Tungsten carbide rings are typically 85% tungsten and 15% nickel.
White Gold Rings
White gold rings contain more silver alloy than copper, creating a "white gold" color.
Yellow Gold Rings
Yellow gold rings are the most traditional type of gold ring. Yellow gold rings are typically not pure, 100% gold. They are alloyed with copper and silver yet retain their "yellow" copper.
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