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    Titanium wedding rings...

    I am looking around for wedding rings, first time buyer and all that.

    My first thought was platinum or at least gold, but after a bit of shopping around, i stumbled upon titanium and tungsten carbide rings. Some are inlaid with carbon fibre too.

    This hits a biking nerd nerve and I am somewhat drawn in by the idea.

    Has anyone else bought some?

    Are they any good? or tacky?

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    I found that you'll find the same 20-30 rings in every store you go to. Being unique was my big thing so I picked mine out online (white and red gold in a braided pattern). I've yet to see anyone else with a ring like mine.

    Every place we went to tried to sell me on the titanium or tungsten rings. They said that's what every guy was buying lately. That alone was enough for me to not get one, lol.

    They said the titanium was really light and the tungsten was really strong and would never scratch.

    I've always worn gold and even during engine work, I've never scratched or dented one or found myself saying, "Man, this ring is just too damn heavy!"

    So I just stuck with gold.

    Bottom line: They're a different metal with different marketing tied to them. Being a guy, they'll tell you they're more manly. That's about it.

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    Get whatever your soon-to-be wife tells you to get. It's actually supposed to be a present from her.

    Also, congrats on the impending nuptials.

    Oh, the one thing that has worked well for me is that I have my wedding date inscribed on the inside of the ring. This way, I can always remember my anniversary date.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_don View Post
    I am looking around for wedding rings, first time buyer and all that.

    My first thought was platinum or at least gold, but after a bit of shopping around, i stumbled upon titanium and tungsten carbide rings. Some are inlaid with carbon fibre too.

    This hits a biking nerd nerve and I am somewhat drawn in by the idea.

    Has anyone else bought some?

    Are they any good? or tacky?
    When I was shopping I found some Ti rings that I really liked, though they were all pretty traditional looking. Nothing wrong with them, different strokes and all that...

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    My wife wanted an expensive engagement ring, so I ended up spending something like $6000 on a diamond. I think diamonds are a waste of money, sold by an evil empire that actively keeps the price artificially high. But that's what she wanted, and I didn't want her to think of me as a cheapskate for the rest of her life. So I got the diamond in a platinum setting (that was real affordable too), and felt like a chump. The next day, I see there's a place advertising in Velonews that's closing out Litespeed Ultimate frames. I called up and bought one to make me feel better. It did. Next to the Litespeed ad was an ad for an outfit making titanium wedding rings. I called and bought one. It matches the bike.

    My ring is a dull brushed finish. It looks like silver. It's not highly polished, but not grainy either. I like it a lot. Its so light I can't even feel it on my finger. It's just a traditional ring -- no inlays or inscriptions. I think it cost around $100.

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    I just got my ring a couple weeks ago. The downfall to these tungsten rings is they can't be cut off should the need arise in the hospital. So if you have swelling you'll lose the finger.

    The upside is the prices I saw on them were great, only about $300.

    I ended up getting pladium, it was 4x less expensive than platnium and I liked it better than white gold.
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    I just got an email from her saying..."don't worry, they were store bought. a$$hole."
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    I have one from Amazon. It is a silvery finish. Looks like a normal men's wedding band. Most people probably think it's silver. They are super cheap compared to "precious" metals. My wife bought three when she got mine b/c I never wore jewelry prior and she knew I'd lose it. I'm currently on the second one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by takl23 View Post
    I just got my ring a couple weeks ago. The downfall to these tungsten rings is they can't be cut off should the need arise in the hospital. So if you have swelling you'll lose the finger.

    The upside is the prices I saw on them were great, only about $300.

    I ended up getting pladium, it was 4x less expensive than platnium and I liked it better than white gold.
    I heard they shatter after being squeezed with vise grips.

    True? Urban legend? BS?

    Who knows.

    I had my gold ring cut off once.

    Another time I had it repaired after it got hung up in something.

    I still have the finger.

    The super hard ring sorta scares me.

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    You mentioned Ti rings and this ad was on the sidebar here.

    http://boonerings.com/?gclid=CJyqsci7868CFZNV7AodLBjRUw

    IMO pick out a ring you like and let her know. Me I only wear mine when I get dress up to go out or when I going on vacation with the wife (when I remember to take it). Going on 26yrs. married.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10ae1203 View Post
    I heard they shatter after being squeezed with vise grips.

    True? Urban legend? BS?

    Who knows.

    I had my gold ring cut off once.

    Another time I had it repaired after it got hung up in something.

    I still have the finger.

    The super hard ring sorta scares me.
    They will also shatter if dropped just the right way on a tile floor. But for $300 I'd risk it.
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    I just got an email from her saying..."don't worry, they were store bought. a$$hole."
    Quote Originally Posted by Allez Rouge View Post
    Indeed it is. Nothing left of the horse but a sun-bleached skeleton, and still the beating goes on.

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    so does that mean

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    Get whatever your soon-to-be wife tells you to get. It's actually supposed to be a present from her.

    Also, congrats on the impending nuptials.

    Oh, the one thing that has worked well for me is that I have my wedding date inscribed on the inside of the ring. This way, I can always remember my anniversary date.
    she should have no input on what we buy her? that's a good one

    I have a Ti ring, it looks like a headset
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    Ti is better than carbon!

    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    Next to the Litespeed ad was an ad for an outfit making titanium wedding rings. I called and bought one. It matches the bike.

    My ring is a dull brushed finish. It looks like silver. It's not highly polished, but not grainy either. I like it a lot. Its so light I can't even feel it on my finger. It's just a traditional ring -- no inlays or inscriptions. I think it cost around $100.
    Just got married two weeks ago. I ride a Litespeed Ultimate, so of course, I now wear a matching Ti band. It was much less $ than a Tungsten or Iridium band, so (when) I lose it my wallet won't get too light. It is also much lighter- and we all know it's better to save weight where it counts! And if I crash and get my hand run over by a truck, it will protect me more than a carbon ring ever could (tongue in cheek, I couldn't resist!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10ae1203 View Post
    I heard they shatter after being squeezed with vise grips.

    True? Urban legend? BS?

    Who knows.

    I had my gold ring cut off once.

    Another time I had it repaired after it got hung up in something.

    I still have the finger.

    The super hard ring sorta scares me.
    It is true that you can't cut tungsten carbide with the ring saws that hospitals have, and also absolutely true that you can easily break it off if you need to. Losing your finger is the urban legend, they're no more dangerous than any other ring.

    It's not going to break on most random impacts (thought it could), but the fact that it's so hard means it is also quite brittle, so you can break it into pieces pretty easily if you try.

    Take a pair of channellock plyers, and squeeze the ring in different directions a few times, and it will fatigue and break right off very easily.

    I have degrees in materials science, and my wife and I both wear tungsten carbide rings every day with 100% certainty that I can break them easily if I ever need to. And the company that made tours (ArtCarved) offers lifetime replacement, even if the ring was broken intentionally in an emergency. So whether it breaks intentionally or unintentionally, it will be replaced for free.

    Because jewelers can't resize tungsten carbide rings, many sellers (including ArtCarved) also offer free lifetime resizing. They'll replace your ring with the same one of a different size if you ever need it.

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    I have a Ti ring, love it. It is generic, light and perfect.

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    I had a tungsten ring and I got tired of how heavy it was. They can be cracked off in the event of an emergency as mentioned above, so no worries there. I now have a cobalt ring, which I like a lot. Lightweight, cheap (~$300) and lifetime replacement/resizing and lots of patterns, finishes, polishes to choose from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orlin03 View Post
    Just got married two weeks ago. I ride a Litespeed Ultimate, so of course, I now wear a matching Ti band. It was much less $ than a Tungsten or Iridium band, so (when) I lose it my wallet won't get too light. It is also much lighter- and we all know it's better to save weight where it counts! And if I crash and get my hand run over by a truck, it will protect me more than a carbon ring ever could (tongue in cheek, I couldn't resist!)
    Quote Originally Posted by batman1425 View Post
    I had a tungsten ring and I got tired of how heavy it was. They can be cracked off in the event of an emergency as mentioned above, so no worries there. I now have a cobalt ring, which I like a lot. Lightweight, cheap (~$300) and lifetime replacement/resizing and lots of patterns, finishes, polishes to choose from.
    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    My ring is a dull brushed finish. It looks like silver. It's not highly polished, but not grainy either. I like it a lot. Its so light I can't even feel it on my finger. It's just a traditional ring -- no inlays or inscriptions. I think it cost around $100.
    Know what you mean!! I'm surprised I can still wave at people with my left hand, my gold is so heavy!!

    Do some push ups or something. My God.
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    I have both titanium and tungsten carbide. I got the titanium band and wore it for a few years but lost some weight and the ti can't be resized so I got the tungsten. Like them both, the ti got scratched but a Scotchbrite pad cleaned it right up. The tungsten looks like new still after 5 years, and I'm a mechanic by trade so that's saying something. Actually, I have to take it off occasionally at work so I don't risk scratching some of the equipment I work on, it's that hard. However, as stated above, tungsten will shatter with little effort.

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    I lost my $99 special ti ring (from Boone) after 11 years, need to order another after I get resized. I had mine made as thin as he could get it, so it's weight was nearly non-existent. Had a brushed finish originally, was still kinda brushed when I lost it. Wore it everyday, all day and I'm not a fan of jewelry. Only took it off for required job sites (iron ore mines, primarily).

    Can't easily resize them, that's the only catch. I had mine resized once, at a dental lab with a laser welder. I've lost ~40 lbs since we got married, and the ring would come off in the fingers of gloves. With little kids, my gloves are on and off a lot during the winter to fix their hats, gloves and get snow off their faces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E.J.2 View Post
    I have a Ti ring, love it. It is generic, light and perfect.



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    I also have Ti ring. Lots of myths on this metal as it does scratch a lot easier than Platnuim but not so easy as 18K gold or higher. It will never shine as nice as bright as sliver either, but then again it seems to holds its finish better.

    Weight, sure its lighter but why would you care of a few grams?
    I did not have the money so we chose it, but if I did Plat all the way.

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    I have a titanium ring. Lightweight and looks good. Solid metal with no jewels, inlays, or other things that could fall out or need special cleaning. I got it from Boone Rings - it's the treebark design here: http://www.boonerings.com/special-styles/treebark.htm. Nice guy, responded personally to my emails, and had my ring completed and shipped really quickly.

    I wouldn't recommend that design in particular because the edges are still rough after 4 years and it's not as comfortable as a smooth design. I'm thinking of sending it back to be smoothed over.

    I tried on a few tungsten rings and they are just too heavy.
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    i have a ti ring, with a carbon inlay around the center. it's really light, since my last ring that i lost was too heavy. I sometimes think I'v lost it because I can hardly feel it. i'm not worried about scratches, there isn't any really large flat areas to scratch.
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    I have a ti ring (and a Litespeed Ultimate - go figure). I like that it's super light to the point that I don't even notice it since I'm not a ring guy. I had a pretty bad crash while wearing no gloves 2 months after getting married and scratched it up pretty good. The jeweler was able to polish the scratches out and make it shine like chrome. I need to have it polished again since I really liked the way it looked.

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    Best idea i ever had

    Have your ring inscribed with your wedding date!!! Then, whenever you put it on, you will know how close you are to your anniversary! Seriously, best idea I ever had. I also had my last name inscribed as it is fairly uncommon and will probably help the ring find its way back to me should I ever lose it.
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    Bruce Boone does nice work and was very easy to deal with. My wife and I both have Ti wedding (and engagement) rings. I got the hammered finish on my ring so scratches really don't show. It is light and looks great. Her ring looks like this one:
    Fusion Ring

    When her ring gets a little scratched, it is easy to polish back to original.

    Bruce has taken his rings to an ER and they had no problem cutting them off.

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