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Cobalt Wedding Bands: The Complete Guide

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Over the last few years, more engaged couples have discovered that cobalt rings are inexpensive, long-lasting rings with the appearance of precious white metals. Cobalt wedding bands are long-lasting and dependable, and many brides and grooms prefer them for their beauty as well as their functionality.

What Exactly Is Cobalt?

Cobalt is a hard, lustrous silver-gray metal that is used to make wedding bands. It is an alloy of cobalt and other metals such as chromium, tungsten, or iron.

Cobalt, on the other hand, has not been used in jewelry for as long as more popular metals such as silver and gold. Cobalt was used to add a beautiful blue color to glass and pottery for most of history, but in the last century, it began to be used in metal applications.

Cobalt rings are scratch-resistant. Although they are not scratch-proof, they are less likely to scratch than more expensive fine metals.

Are you thinking about getting a cobalt wedding band? Here's everything you need to know about the metal, as well as some cobalt ring options to consider.

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Cobalt Wedding Bands

Cobalt can produce a nice white metal color that is similar to platinum or white gold. However, it is usually much less expensive. It's also non-tarnishing and non-corrosive, making it simple to maintain and keep looking good for years to come. Cobalt wedding rings are also lightweight and hypoallergenic, making them an excellent choice for people who are allergic to metals.

However, cobalt rings cannot be resized if you need to change your ring size, and Hollier warns that many people do need to change their ring size during their marriage. Cobalt has fewer design options because it cannot be worked with as many techniques as gold or platinum. Furthermore, while cobalt is scratch-resistant, it can scratch, and once scratched, it cannot be refinished to remove the scratches as gold and platinum can.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Cobalt Wedding Band

Here are some questions and answers to consider before looking for a cobalt wedding band.

  • Should I buy a ring that comes with a warranty?

    The cobalt rings we sell come with a warranty, which is something you should always look for when purchasing alternative metal jewelry.

  • Is it possible for me to select a black cobalt ring?

    If you choose a black cobalt ring, look for one that is completely black, rather than one that is plated black, as this can wear off.

  • Can I wear a cobalt ring if I'm allergic to metals?

    Examine the metals with which the cobalt is alloyed. Cobalt is sometimes alloyed with nickel, which can cause metal allergies.

  • How should a cobalt ring look?

    You should look for rings that are well-crafted, just like you would with any other piece of jewelry. Look for a ring with a nice, consistent finish and a consistent-looking stone setting.

  • How does cobalt stack up against other precious metals?

    Because precious metals such as gold and platinum are more malleable, they are ideal for wedding rings. They can be sized and polished again. Furthermore, the metal in those rings can be reused to create new pieces with resale value in the future. Hollier suggests considering all of your ring metal options before selecting the ring that best suits your lifestyle.

How to Take Care of a Cobalt Wedding Ring

Even though cobalt wedding rings are more durable than gold or silver wedding rings, they still require maintenance. Wearing your cobalt ring during physical activity is not recommended because these rings must be removed with diamond-tipped saws if they become stuck on your finger. Aside from that, cobalt rings are fairly low maintenance, and washing your ring with soap and water on a regular basis is one of the best ways to keep it looking good.

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