Traditionally when we think of engagement rings featuring any type of precious stone, whether diamond, ruby, sapphire or emerald, we think of the band as being made of gold or possibly of platinum. Today however you can find titanium engagement rings. Titanium is a lustrous and strong white metal which makes it ideal for use in jewelry. Although most often seen as plain band rings, it does lend itself to use as a setting for gemstones and some jewelry designers are making use of this characteristic.
As making engagement rings with titanium is such an innovative idea, the designs tend to be futuristic or often minimalist. A tension set diamond solitaire is a typical example. Titanium is such a pure looking white metal that colored stones stand out against it magnificently. A pink sapphire heart on a starkly plain titanium band looks stunning.
In reality of course, just about any traditional style of engagement ring could be made substituting titanium for the gold or platinum content, but few jewelers do this. Most people are not ready for this progressive idea yet and as titanium does not have the intrinsic value of gold or platinum it is sometimes seen as devaluing the gemstones that are set into it. In the same way that you wouldn’t expect to buy an engagement ring made of brass or steel, setting gems into titanium engagement rings is a rather revolutionary idea.
One way in which titanium engagement rings are pushing into the market is as engagement rings for men. As giving a ring to a man on an engagement is such a modern idea anyway, it seems entirely appropriate that the ring given should be something as up-to-date and uncommon as a titanium ring. A stylish textured titanium band with a tiny diamond set into it looks attractive and also masculine. These rings can be surprisingly inexpensive as titanium is not a precious metal and is quite abundant, as opposed to gold or platinum which is in short supply.
Tirings.com make a range of titanium engagement rings in a traditional format that still manage to look contemporary and unusual. They combine titanium with platinum setting for a diamond and white sapphire ring in the style of a conventional diamond solitaire. This eye-catching ring costs $1,529. They also make a black diamond solitaire, which looks incredible against the stark white metal titanium band. A 5.5mm black diamond in this setting costs $1,849.
Titanium wedding rings are now widely available and acceptable. Thus as many couples planning a wedding like to buy matching sets of engagement and wedding bands it makes sense that titanium engagement rings are an option to buy. They may never become mainstream but that may not be such a bad thing as they will always look a bit different and stand out from the crowd. With gold and platinum supplies being so limited and the prices of these precious metals rising, titanium engagement rings are set to become a viable alternative for the future.