There's a lot to love about classic gold wedding bands, and there's also a lot to love about silver or platinum wedding bands. However, if you're looking for something unique, affordable, and oh-so-cool, tantalum wedding bands may be for you.
What Exactly Is a Tantalum Wedding Ring?
Tantalum is a corrosion-resistant blueish-gray alternative metal. It is used not only for jewelry but also for medical devices and electronics.
Tantalum has become increasingly popular in recent years. The deep gray-blue color that is a natural property of tantalum is the first draw to the metal. The gray can appear in a variety of shades, ranging from a polished light gray to a dark gunmetal, depending on the texture.
Pros and Cons of Tantalum Wedding Bands
Tantalum is a versatile metal that can be shaped into a wide range of colors, from dark and matte to shiny and classic. Tantalum is an excellent choice for those looking for a distinctively colored and long-lasting wedding band. It can be polished to a high shine or have textures added.
Are you allergic to certain metals? Tantalum, unlike most metals used to make wedding bands, is hypoallergenic. The material is also reasonably priced, making it an excellent choice for any couple on a tight budget, with most rings falling within the $400-500 price range.
However, there is one disadvantage to wearing this wedding band. These styles are typically bulky and do not come in smaller, more delicate designs.
What to Look for When Purchasing a Tantalum Wedding Band
Are tantalum bands an acceptable substitute for titanium bands?
Though it has some similarities to titanium, Brantner says the two metals differ in a few ways. Tantalum has more 'heft' and a richer coloring than titanium.
Are tantalum bands long-lasting?
The quick answer is yes. Tantalum rings have a high Mohs hardness rating. And, while they may have knicks and scratches from life, the bands can always be polished back to their original texture.
How to Take Care of a Tantalum Wedding Ring
Not only is the slate gray color unique, but the metal is also strong enough to withstand daily wear and tear; therefore, if you or your partner work with your hands, a tantalum band would be an excellent choice. They are also simple to maintain, requiring only water and mild soap to clean.
Here are some of our favorite tantalum wedding bands at various price points, ranging from classic light gray bands to embossed black rings with woodgrain and hammered designs.
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