For wedding bands, the one aspect that stands the test of time is precious metals. Titanium and tungsten trends come and go. Colored materials are “in” one year and passé the next. If it’s not platinum, palladium or gold – it can’t be sized.
New Jersey’s own Lieberfarb recently featured always-in-style classic wedding bands at a recent CBG (Continental Buying Group) Show in Las Vegas. All of these designs can be made in different widths and precious metals.
Why are precious metals so important?
When you buy a ring made in a precious metal, it means that it can be refinished and resized. Guys – there are two realities when it comes to bridal jewelry.
Reality number one – all jewelry will scratch and show wear-and-tear over time. Titanium may show signs a little slower, but scratches and dings will appear. Your ring finger will touch dozens of surfaces a day. They’ll range from soft to course to hard (and everything in between). Tungsten will even break.
Precious metal wedding bands can be restored to look new. Gold will lose a little mass in the process. Platinum will hold its mass and age particularly well. When you scratch platinum, you are really just moving it around. It can easily be moved back to look like new. And without scratching much off.
Reality number two – most guys will gain and/or lose weight over the course of their marriage. This means that finger sizes can change. Consequently, your wedding band may be too big or small.
How you ever heard of titanium or tungsten wedding bands being resized? The answer is a resounding “no.” With alternative metals, a change in finger size means that you need a new ring. With precious metals, this change means that your ring can be sized up or down. Designs made of multiple parts may be tricky, but a standard one piece wedding band can go up or down almost a full size.
Let’s face it – weddings are expensive. By the time a guy gets around to buying his wedding band, he may feel worn out. Cheap alternative metal styles may seem appealing. But mark my words – they won’t last. Instead of refurbishing your wedding band, you’ll be buying a new one. Over time, the money you initially saved will be spent on replacements.
Pots and pans are made of non-precious metals. Titanium and tungsten are not precious, and therefore have no value. The average wholesale cost of these materials is less than five dollars. The mark-up on alternative metals is tremendous.
Precious metals (along with diamonds) have value. You can even sell old jewelry at current market scrap value. What can you get for an old tungsten or titanium ring? Probably a pat on the back. If that.
So when considering your wedding band, consider paying a little more for a ring that can be resized and refinished. An ice sculpture is not made with muddy rain water. Wedding guests are not served yesterday’s leftovers. So wedding bands should not be made from material with no value.
Stick with precious metals – you won’t regret it! I promise.
Want to learn about the pros and cons for all popular wedding band metals? Click HERE.
Like one of these rings? Visit www.lieberfarb.com to find a retailer. Or just show the picture to your jeweler!