Titanium rings are getting more and more popular with men looking for an affordable change from the old guard of platinum, gold, and silver.
You may be in that boat do. Won over by the lustrous gray feel, that sets it apart from the norm. But how about it durability? Does it tarnish easily, and will you spending more time keeping it sweet than you do with your partner?
The answer is an emphatic NO. This article has all the details- plus some tips on how to keep yours if you do make the choice to invest.
Your Questions Answered?
Do Titanium Rings Tarnish Or Rust?
Titanium is the least tarnishable metal out there and just about the the most rust-resistant. Trusted everywhere from aerospace to hip replacement. So it take the everyday knock about wear-and- tear in its stride.
Since titanium is not a ferrous material, it does not develop rust– instead, it forms a thin gray layer when it is exposed to oxygen, which can be easily polished over to maintain the desired color.
It is important to note not all titanium rings are made of pure titanium, and some of them in fact, may contain traces of some other alloys/metals, which may cause them to rust. However, we provide 100% pure titanium, so you don’t have to worry about that aspect.
How Long Do Titanium Rings Last?
If you are thinking of gifting your loved one a snazzy titanium ring but are worried about its longevity, fret not, because this will be a gift that will last a whole lifetime– literally! An ever-lasting reminder of the moment and the gesture.
While it lasts a lifetime, it does also need a little TLC to keep it in perfect condition.
Regular polishing, cleaning, and keeping it safe from being exposed to harmful chemicals are important to maintain its lifespan.
This video gives you all the advice you need for polishing your ring:
What Happens When Titanium Ring Is Exposed To Oxygen?
If your titanium ring isn’t pure, it will start to rust. But if your titanium is pure, it is highly reactive to oxygen.
This sounds worrying but it’s not at all. What will happen is it will start to oxidize, forming titanium oxide which will actually creates a thin layer on top of your ring- a thin, invisible film- that actually protects the titanium from the elements that cause rusting and other wear and tear.
And voila- this is how titanium becomes rust-resistant and corrosion-free, and plays a large part in its appeal. You learn something new everyday, huh?
How To Maintain Your Titanium Rings?
It is important you keep your titanium ring properly cleaned and polished to make it retain its shine and its sturdy look. There are a few ways through which you can ensure proper maintenance of your titanium rings– especially if they are wedding rings, with a value above and beyond just the cost price.
Clean Your Titanium Rings
You’ll be happy to hear, cleaning a simple band is relatively easy and quick.
You just have to take a bowl of lukewarm water, add some dishwashing liquid and mix them up. Put in your ring and let it sit there, and soak in the washing liquid for 3 to 5 minutes. Then take it out and wipe any dirt or grime with a fresh, dry cloth.
Colored Titanium Ring
Have you ever wondered how your titanium ring achieved its color? It’s achieved by anodizing the titanium, and that is why we handle its cleaning a bit differently.
Rubbing too harshly may cause its color to either slowly fade away or come off, so its imperative you steer clear of any abrasive cleaning agents.
Soak your colored ring in soapy water and let it sit there. Don’t rub or scrub it. The next step would be to soak it in some glass cleaner and then rinse it gently with some warm water. Lastly, let the ring sit out and dry naturally.
Titanium Rings With Stones or Inlays
These titanium rings can be a bit tricky to clean properly, and you will have to be extra careful, but don’t worry, its not rocket science either…
If your ring has a wooden inlay, take a cloth and soak it in water enough to just dampen it, and then use that cloth to clean your ring. Since it’s a wooden inlay, you don’t want it to be exposed to water for a sustained period of time. When you’re done cleaning the outer part of the ring, use a dry cloth to clean the inlay.
If your ring has an inlay made of some valuable metals like gold, you can use soapy water, but make sure you don’t use any cleaning product with chlorine in it as this may damage your inlay.
If your ring has gemstone(s) in it, the best choice is to clean it with soap water (if the stone is tough and hard); but for softer stones, a dry or damp cloth would work fine.
You can polish it after the cleaning part, but if your ring isn’t that dirty, a simple polishing will do the job. The best choice would be to use a cream metal polish for your rings.
Use a q-tip to apply your cream polish onto your ring and let it rest for a few minutes. As soon as it starts to dry, use a clean, soft cloth to polish it, and then use water and some mild soap to finish it off. This process will make your ring shiny again– looking brand new!
Okay, bottom-line time… Titanium rings are, in fact, rust-resistant and they do not tarnish. Whether you are buying one as a wedding band or as a gift, you can do so safe in the knowledge that the symbol will last the test of time.
Have a look at our fine selection of titanium rings here.