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Problems with Titanium Rings – What Real Wearers are Saying

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Although titanium has many benefits and is one of the most popular metals for wedding rings, it does have some downsides that need to be considered. Some of these are misconceptions and others are real issues that need to be factored in when purchasing your ring.

Let’s take a quick look at the issues associated with titanium ring and what real titanium ring wearers are saying.

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Issue #1 – Titanium rings can’t be cut off in an emergency

Jared: I’ve been wearing a titanium ring for the last 8 years and haven’t had any problems with it. I know it’s harder to cut off than gold but it can be done so why sweat it?

This titanium ring issue is actually a misconception as titanium rings can be cut off in an emergency. You won’t have to amputate your finger, as some jewelers will tell you! The reason some believe that titanium rings can’t be cut off is simply because this metal is so hard and has very high tensile strength that it’s come to be associated with being indestructible.

In reality, titanium rings can be cut off using standard equipment in emergency rooms. The difference, however, is that titanium rings may take longer to cut off compared to a metal like gold.

Here’s a video that shows a DIY method for titanium ring removal.

Issue #2 – Titanium rings can’t be resized

Maria: My partner and I bought titanium rings, but they were too big for us. We couldn’t find any jewelers to do the job for us, so we just replaced the rings. Luckily, we hadn’t worn them yet so they didn’t have any sentimental value.

Being able to resize a wedding ring is important for two reasons:

  • You got the wrong ring size on the first go and can’t wear the ring without resizing it
  • Your finger has changed sizes (due to weight fluctuations or other reasons) and now the ring doesn’t fit properly

These are common scenarios that require resizing. The issue with titanium is that because it’s so hard, most jewelers will refuse to take the job on, and many retailers will simply replace your ring. This is a real issue because titanium can’t be melted down and resized like gold or platinum so jewelers may need to use alternative methods like shaving off the inside of the band. 

Issue #3 – Titanium rings aren’t hypoallergenic

Not true – titanium is hypoallergenic. This is one of the main selling points of titanium – it’s hypoallergenic and very safe to wear. In fact, many surgical implants are made using surgical grade titanium and this is one of the best metals for people with sensitive skin.

However, a word of warning.

The hypoallergenic nature of titanium depends on the quality of the alloy and the metals used to create it. Always double check this if you’re very sensitive to metal and make sure that the titanium alloy in question is, in fact, hypoallergenic.

Issue #4 – You can’t engrave a titanium ring

This misconception is one that persists but isn’t true. Titanium rings can be engraved, but they are much harder to engrave than softer metals like gold or platinum. However, they can still be engraved using traditional methods unlike tungsten.

The video below shows an engraved titanium ring.

Issue #5 – Titanium rings get tarnished

Kevin: I dithered between a titanium ring and a white gold. Ended up going with titanium because I didn’t want to have to keep rhodium plating the white gold ring over time. Been really happy with the titanium. It’s easy to maintain and still as shiny as the first day I got it.

There’s some worry that titanium rings tarnish, turn your finger green or change color. None of this is true, because titanium doesn’t tarnish. Titanium rings stand up better to daily exposure without tarnishing or rusting. Like tungsten, it maintains its luster and beauty for a long time.

Issue #5 – Titanium rings are worth nothing

This is a real concern – yes titanium rings don’t hold monetary value, have little to no resale value and unlike gold, isn’t an investment. From a monetary perspective, titanium rings don’t offer much at all.

For some people, this can be a real issue and they may opt for more prestigious metals like palladium, gold or platinum. However, for others, the benefits of titanium may override this ‘concern’. Whether this is a problem for you depends on your values, lifestyle and what you want your ring to represent.

Issue #6 – Titanium rings are too light

Yes, titanium rings are so light that some wearers say their rings feel eerie. This can be a pro or a con depending on which side of the argument you fall on. Some people love the feel of a barely-there ring that doesn’t impact or impede on their daily activities. Others prefer a more substantial, solid ring that reminds them that they’re wearing it. This one isn’t an ‘issue’ per se, but more a consideration based on your personal preferences.

Wrapping Up…

As a Wedding Bee poster stated:

Fiance is getting a titanium and wood ring.  I love the symbolism of titanium which is one of the hardest metals, and wood which is so soft and flexible.  I thought it made a nice analogy for relationships!

Some people will tell you that you shouldn’t get titanium because you can’t cut it off, but I can tell you from working in the ER that our ring cutter can get them off without a problem… so you shouldn’t let that dissuade you.

Titanium is an excellent metal for wedding rings and even engagement rings, like this one. It’s luster, hue and affordability make it ideal for people who value these factors in a ring.