Titanium Frequently Asked Questions
Some of the questions we are frequently asked about our titanium jewellery.
Titanium is a metal of a silver colour that has the Ti and atomic number 22. This is why you see some brands heavily using Ti2, or Ti22 in their products.
Titanium has a very high strength to weight ratio which can be up to 4 times stronger than steel, but only half the weight, which makes it a very widely used metal in the production of aircraft and high end sports cars.
Titanium is an inert metal so has no reactions that will cause it to tarnish or rust, add to that it's hypoallergenic properties and you can see why it is used medically for replacement knee and hip joints, and also for jewellery.
Titanium can be alloyed with other metals to further increase its strength, and just recently by accident, scientists have alloyed it with gold to produce Ti3au the hardest known metallic substance. The benefits could result in harder wearing hip joints that never need replacing. It is early days for Ti3au but hopefully we will see this product filtering through into our lives.
Titanium is a lightweight metal that has the best strength to weight ratio of any other metal. It means that you can have a chunky 8mm wide wedding ring without it feeling cumbersome.
Titanium rings are completely hypoallergenic so they are a great choice of wedding ring for anyone who has any type of metal allergy.
Titanium rings are completely inert, so will not tarnish, rust or decay in any way. They are a great choice of material for anyone sporty as they are unaffected by salt water, chlorine or perspiration.
We also have a range of low profile titanium rings by Ti2 titanium, that are only 1.2mm in depth available on our Quality Titanium website (link at bottom of page) that have been hugely successful with sports people as they are so thin between the fingers.
Titanium rings are very hard wearing and so over time will not wear out. A titanium ring would probably out last you as a wedding ring. Any two metals sitting together will however have an element of wear, but this would be difficult to measure even after decades of wear as it would be so minimal.
Titanium rings are exceptionally strong and will not break or bend even in the most extreme cases. We have been selling titanium rings since 2003 and have not yet seen a broken, or bent titanium ring. Titanium is 4 times stronger than steel just to give you an idea of its strength.
Although titanium rings are 4 times stronger than steel, they do still unfortunately scratch. Some websites sell titanium wedding rings as scratch proof, which is a little misleading. Although they are more resistant to scratching than say silver or gold, you will still receive scratches on them. The first scratch will always look the worst, but once worn for a while the ring will settle down with its own natural look. If you require a ring that is more scratch resistant, then have a look at our tungsten or cobalt rings
Typically, when asked we will say no, and we sell all our rings with the caveat that they are unable to be resized, however this is not entirely true, for all our titanium rings.
With some of our titanium wedding rings we can generally size them a little. We can usually stretch them about 1 size, maybe 2 sizes maximum, or even compress them down a size. This is all relative as well. We are more likely to stretch a men's titanium ring size V up 1 or more sizes than perhaps a women's titanium ring size L, its more about the percentage it is having to be stretched than the amount.
We are unable to size any ring that has either diamonds or gemstones set within the band, as the stretching will always occur at the thinnest point which will be the setting hole, resulting in the setting being damaged.
We are also unable to resize any titanium ring that has any inlays, or of an uneven nature like our titanium puzzle ring.
In addition to the above, most jewellers will say no to resizing titanium rings, either because they have no experience, or deem it as too risky.
As we are more likely to upset customers by claiming titanium rings can be sized, and they find that their ring is unable to be sized at a future date, it is safer for us to simply say no, as this is probably 90% true.
It is very rare for us to size a titanium ring as generally this usually costs more than the ring.
Titanium is a fantastic material that is used within so many industries due to many of its unique properties.
Titanium has the best strength to ratio of any metals, so as a result titanium is the choice of metal when strength is required, but of course you need to reduce the weight of the manufactured item, some examples of use are within the aerospace industry where it is used on aeroplanes, missiles and more. It is also extensively used within motorsport such as Formula 1 for the very same reason.
Titanium is also hypoallergenic so greatly used within the medical industry, commonly used as plates to join broken bones, and of course the fact that it is very lightweight is also a great benefit.
Titanium also does not tarnish or rust so is heavily used in any environments where this could be an issue such as desalination plants.
Titanium has such a mystic appeal that it is also now a highly regarded metal within the jewellery industry and is a fantastic metal for jewellery with its low weight, high strength and hypoallergenic properties.
Pros of Titanium
Similar colour to white gold
Will not tarnish
Will not break or bend
Cons of Titanium
Cannot be resized
Cannot be repaired if cut off
Does scratch in wear (but can be re finished)
We have been selling titanium rings since 2003, and to date we have never received a titanium ring back broken or bent.
We do not sell black titanium rings as the black is a plating that is not durable in wear.
We have tested black titanium rings, and chose not to sell them due to the limited life that the plating has, and us not being able to re-plate them at a later date.
A better material for black rings would be our Zirconia Ceramic Rings which are naturally black with no plating.
Titanium Rings can be cut off in an emergency
From time to time there is the odd scare story that titanium rings are not safe as they cannot be cut off in an emergency which is not correct. This is usually voiced by jewellers who have an interest in selling you a more expensive option.
Should you require a titanium ring to be cut off in an emergency then an ordinary ring cutter as found at any jewellers or accident and emergency will easily cut the ring off. It will take a little more time than a gold ring to cut through, but generally a trained person should be able to cut a titanium ring off in a few minutes.
To cut a titanium ring off it will require 2 cuts opposite each. The first cut will need to go all the way through, the 2nd cut only half to three quarters through allowing the two sides to open like a hinge.
We would also be happy to remove the ring for you if you were to visit our Maidstone shop.
Titanium rings cannot be engraved in the traditional hand engraved way as the titanium is too hard for the hand tools made of steel.
Titanium rings can however be engraved using either a diamond tipped engraving machine, or by using a laser engraving machine.
Unfortunately, we ceased to offer an engraving service in August 2018, and have no current plans to reintroduce engraving as an option in the future.