When it comes to choosing a new wedding ring, there are lots of factors to consider. This wedding band will be living on your hand until death-do-you-part, so you want to pick a ring that lasts your lifetime. When it comes to a ring that will last an entire lifetime, two of the best options are carbon fiber and titanium. I think it's obvious what our preference is, but titanium is a close second.
But how do you choose carbon fiber vs. titanium for your ring? I know we combine the materials together quite often, but let's ignore that for just a minute. if it is as simple as you want a black band over a silver colored band so carbon fiber is the choice. If you're looking for a more in-depth answer, read our guide on carbon fiber vs titanium and the pros and cons to each material...if there are any cons to Carbon Fiber at all? I mean c'mon?
CARBON FIBER WEDDING BANDS
Plenty of products and industries use carbon fiber, and jewelry is no exception. While most of the carbon fiber industry goes to making cars, airplanes, and rocket ships, a corner of the market exists for wedding bands.
- Carbon fiber wedding bands are lightweight. They weigh less than any metal ring and are perfect for those who don't love the feel or weight of jewelry on their fingers. Some carbon rings less than an envelope.
- Carbon fiber wedding bands are affordable in comparison to golds and platinums. Over the years, carbon fiber has become cheaper and cheaper to produce.
- Carbon fiber wedding bands are one hundred precent hypoallergenic. They aren't metal, they're also safe for people with metal allergies and sensitive skin. You'll be wearing your wedding ring all the time, so you don't want it to give you a rash or tarnish over time.
- Carbon fiber wedding bands are durable. They won't break if you drop them, or rip like silicone (I hate rubber band rings), and if you scuff up or dent them, you can easily buff out the marks with sandpaper or steel wool. Wedding rings go through the gauntlet during their lifetime, so carbon fiber is a good idea, especially if you work a lot with your hands.
- Carbon fiber wedding bands are very comfortable. Carbon fiber bands are smooth and comfortable against the skin. They let air circulate around your finger, so you're less likely to have sweat build up underneath your ring.
- Carbon fiber wedding bands are versatile. Carbon Fiber by nature boasts a sleek black color that no other metal ring can offer.
- Carbon Fiber rings can also be cut off by the same tool doctors use to cut off casts that won't cut skin. It's great to know if you have a finger injury from doing finger flips on your tech deck, you can get it cut off easily.
- Carbon fiber wedding bands conduct electricity. If you work as an electrician, a carbon fiber ring might not be the best choice for you due to this con.
TITANIUM WEDDING BANDS
Titanium is a low-density, high-strength metal. These properties are useful for a lot of applications similar to carbon fiber, including jewelry. It's common in the medical world, aersopace, supercar, industrial production, architecture, and mining. They're also hypoallergenic.
It's also a common component of medical devices because it works so well with the human body. Joint replacements and dental implants frequently have titanium in them because of its durability and biocompatibility.
- Titanium wedding bands are durable. Titanium is a great material for wedding bands for the same reasons it makes a great material for medical devices. It is one of the strongest metals used for jewelry. It's scratch-resistant, harder than gold, but not too hard to the point that it is susceptible to cracking.
- Titanium wedding bands are lightweight. It's strong, lightweight, and doesn't tend to irritate the human body. It weighs less than gold or silver rings of the same size and won't get damaged easily.
- Titanium wedding bands are relatively inexpensive. You won't pay as much for a titanium ring as a gold wedding band and on average titanium wedding bands are one of the lowest cost metal wedding bands.
- Titanium wedding bands are hard to re-size, we can cut out half sizem maybe a full size in some cases, but we can't do much else. Titanium is difficult to shape because of its strength. This limits the types of designs you can get from a titanium wedding band.
- Titanium wedding bands are not versatile. While titanium rings can be colorful, the metal has a fairly matte finish. You won't get as shiny of a luster as you would from gold or silver. If you want a titanium ring with more polish, you'll need to look for one with a shinier inlay or other metal accents. In addition, titanium only comes in one color unless we anodize it, and even then, the anodizing will wear off over time.
CARBON FIBER VS. TITANIUM: WHICH IS THE WINNER
We all know the answer is carbon fiber.....but titanium is a nice second choice :). (I know I'm a little biased, just nod along)