Frequently Asked Questions About Alternative Metal Jewelry

What Are Some Popular Alternative Metals for Jewelry?

Alternative metals have recently become a popular new trend, complementing any jeweler or customer's collection of sterling silver and gold jewelry.  Copper jewelry has gained enormous popularity in recent years, as have items made of stainless steel, tungten carbide, and titanium.  These alternative metals have been especially popular for men's jewelry, a line that emphasizes strength and durability, as well as style. 

What is Tungsten Carbide?

Tungsten Carbide is an alloy of Tungsten and Carbon — when combined, the metal is extremely hard and durable. Tungsten Carbide is ten times harder than 18 karat gold, five times harder than tool steel, and four times harder than Titanium.  It is almost impossible to scratch and will keep its shine for a lifetime. 

Tungsten jewelry is known for its heavy weight and deep, modern color.  You should be sure to choose Tungsten jewelry that is cobalt free. Some tungsten jewelry is manufactured with cobalt, which can cause adverse skin reactions.  Tungsten jewelry containing cobalt can also develop oxidization spots that cannot be removed. 

Why is Titanium a Popular Choice for Men’s Jewelry?

Titanium is a fast-growing trend in the men’s jewelry sector and has many benefits. It is extremely resistant to corrosion and water and it is hypo-allergenic — people who have allergies to gold or silver can wear titanium without any problem. It is has a very high strength-to-weight ratio, resulting in lightweight, strong jewelry that is comfortable to wear. Because it is so strong and lightweight, titanium has been used for years in aerospace technology applications. And, titanium offers the stylish, rich color of platinum at a much more affordable price.

Alternative metal information courtesy of MMA International's Silver Stars Collection.