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Precious vs Alternative Metal Rings

Who doesn’t love options? But sometimes too many options can make things overwhelming, confusion and complicated. Especially when it comes to picking out the perfect wedding band. But do not worry, help is here! Let’s break down the differences between precious and alternative metal bands to help you decide which is best for you.

Precious Metal

Seven wedding bands all different between metal type, and being precious or alternative.

Precious metal bands consist of platinum, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, palladium, and silver. These continue to be the top choices for men. These types of rings will always hold their value and can be passed down for generations to come. Unlike alternative metal rings, precious metals can easily be sized, engraved, refinished, and maintained. Gold bands can start in the low $200’s and go all the way up to a few thousand dollars. Pricing will depend on the thickness, style, metal and whether or not the ring includes diamonds.

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Alternative Metal

Alternative metal bands, also known as sports bands, include tungsten, carbon fiber, cobalt, titanium, wood and ceramic. These metals are very trendy and perfect for those who are rough with their hands. They are affordable, extremely durable, scratch resistant, and hypoallergenic. Hypoallergenic rings can be a big advantage if the wearer has a gold or nickel allergy. Pricing can range anywhere from under $100 to a few hundred depending on the metal, design and if the ring contains diamonds.

Various styles of men's alternative metal wedding rings
What to know about alternative metal rings:

When choosing an alternative metal band, one thing to note is they cannot be sized or have any other type of maintenance done. This is important for sentimental reasons. If a new size is needed or it breaks, it will have to be replaced with a brand new ring. That means it will not be the same exact ring you got married in. On the plus side, alternative rings purchased from Steven Singer Jewelers’ come with a lifetime warranty. If damaged or no longer fits, Steven Singer will just exchange the ring for a brand new one. Another thing to consider when choosing an alternative metal is that styles and designs may be discontinued. If the ring needs replaced, it may not be the same ring but a similar style.

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Can't Decide? Get Both! 

Still can’t decide? Think about getting two rings. In a lot of cases, men will get one of each type. For example: They might wear the precious metal band for special occasions and have the alternative band for everyday, more physical activities or vacation. You really can’t go wrong with either, so if you’re still having a hard time deciding which metal is best for you, do not hesitate to reach out to one of our expert jewelers who are ready to help. Or stop by any time to grab a beer and try on several just to get a feel for what you like.

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