Titanium vs. Stainless Steel Rings

by Staff Writer

Jewelry can be fun, meaningful, personal, interesting and expressive. Rings are versatile, making them a popular jewelry choice for both men and women. You can choose a titanium wedding band for its durability or wear stainless steel rings for their rugged style. Titanium rings and stainless steel rings are both strong and stylish, but which rings are right for you? Our comparison of stainless steel and titanium rings will help you choose the best jewelry for your lifestyle and wardrobe.

Comparing Titanium and Stainless Steel Rings:

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  • Durability and scratch resistance:

    Titanium and stainless steel jewelry pieces are popular for their durability and scratch resistance. Titanium is three times stronger than stainless steel and never tarnishes or rusts. Titanium jewelry generates an oxide layer over time, which is not as strong as the titanium underneath it. The oxide layer on a titanium ring can be scratched, though a professional polishing will remove this upper layer and show the unscratched material underneath. Stainless steel is not as strong as titanium, but it has a higher degree of scratch resistance. While durable and bright, stainless steel jewelry is prone to rust and requires occasional upkeep. Both titanium and stainless steel are popular for men's wedding bands because they can maintain their look for a lifetime.

  • Cost:

    Stainless steel is plentiful and easy to work with, making stainless steel jewelry typically more affordable than titanium jewelry. Titanium is not an expensive material, however, especially when compared to platinum and gold. Many people find both stainless steel and titanium rings an affordable jewelry option.

  • Engraving:

    Engraving plays an important role in personalizing rings, particularly wedding bands and other romantic jewelry. Both stainless steel and titanium rings can be engraved, but it is more difficult than engraving gold and silver, and some jewelers may not provide the service. Laser engraving techniques are the best choice for engraving stainless steel and titanium.

  • Resizing:

    Stainless steel and titanium are both extremely hard and very difficult to resize. Additionally, rings with inlays or stones cannot be resized. Purchasing a new titanium or stainless steel ring is usually the best option when the old one does not fit.

  • Myth:

    It is rumored that titanium and stainless steel rings cannot be cut off in an emergency, but titanium and stainless steel rings are easily removed using special tools carried by emergency medical professionals. The high strength of both materials makes it extremely unlikely for them to become bent out of shape and require cutting.