Alternative metals have become a popular choice for jewelry in the past few years, especially men’s wedding rings. Traditional gold can get damaged during heavy work, but these materials provide the perfect balance between rugged durability and a sleek, classy look.
Cobalt Chrome is a bright, white metal. Not only is it tough enough to stand up a lot of wear and tear, it’s also hypoallergenic. Cobalt chrome is malleable and beautiful, which allows us to create a variety of classic or modern styles.
The ancient art of crafting Damascus steel blends up to120 layers of stainless steel. Layering creates incredible durability that’s one of a kind as the forging process means no two rings are alike. We offer traditional patterns and four custom patterns.
Japanese for “wood grain,” Mokume Gane is ancient metalworking process similar to Damascus steel. Instead of steel, however, Mokume Gane uses precious metals. The swirl of the metal gives Mokume Gane its natural, wood grain look.
Titanium is one of the strongest metals on Earth. It’s also incredibly lightweight. We use Lashbrook’s aerospace grade Ti6A1-4V Titanium to make many of our Titanium bands. This grade is more than twice as strong and twice as hard. Our partnership with Lashbrook means we can offer more than 30,000 styles in Titanium alone.
Black Zirconium offers the highest design flexibility of our entire alternative, performance metals. This makes sense since black zirconium is typically used in both medical applications and nuclear reactors. Heat turns the finish black, which gives you a choice between metallic, black or hybrid finishes.
Hardwood rings come in a wide variety of colors, each with the tensile strength of brass. The infusion process makes these rings virtually waterproof and there’s no need to use stain or lacquer to maintain them – a little polish will do just fine.
Camo rings are made of anodized aluminum and feature the following patterns: Realtree AP, Realtree Max 4, Mossy Oak Infinity and Mossy Oak Break-Up. The Camo inlay is Mil-A-8625 Type II Class II certified. The aluminum Camo pattern can be incorporated into in Titanium, Black Zirconium or Cobalt Chrome performance metals.
Our jewelry uses authentic Gibeon meteorite, which was formed millions of years before it fell to Earth, cooled and crystalized. Meteorite is essentially made of iron and can be inlayed into Titanium, Black Zirconium or Cobalt Chrome.
Carbon Fiber is a man-made materials best known for its strength-to-weight ratio. You can find nearly any mode of transportation from bicycles to fighter jets made using carbon fiber. We "sandwich" carbon fiber in our three-piece performance metal bands for a look that is as unique as it is tough.
Every style we list with these alternative, performance metals can be recreated in precious metals such as 14K and 18K yellow or white gold.
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