Men's Rings - FAQs
Are your rings just for weddings?
Our high quality rings make excellent wedding rings but you don’t, however, have to be planning marriage to have one because with a range of cool and classic designs there’s every reason choose one as a piece of individual jewellery. You’ve got 10 fingers for ring wear - use them :-) Also, our rings aren't just for men: we have a number of rings in slim sizes (3mm, 4mm & 5mm) which are often preferred by women.
If I don’t like the ring when I receive it, can I change it?
Of course. We try to make it easy to get the right size by offering a free ring sizer but whether you use or don't use the ring sizer, if you find the size isn't quite right you can change it. There is a charge for doing so to cover our handling costs and we need you to return the ring you want to change to us within 7 days unless you arrange with us for an extended period of return. This is, of course, in line with the Distance Selling Regulations (2000).
Can the ring-size be altered once the ring has been made?
This question is really about rings that have been worn for some time and where the wearer's finger increases in size, which does happen, particularly with age. In theory rings can be altered in size but it's quite costly compared to the price and it's not one we can do ourselves. We can put you in touch with someone that can, however. Ask us for details.
How will the finish of my ring wear over time?
ALL rings will pick up small marks and scratches over time as part of normal wear and tear. Titanium and stainless steel are two of the harder metals used in ring manufacture and are both more scratch resistant than either gold or silver. Like most other ring metals, polished stainless steel and titanium rings will tend to acquire a matte (i.e. non-shiny) finish over time: this is entirely normal. It's one reason that it can be best to buy a satin or matte finished titanium ring because all finishes on titanium, and stainless steel too, will change to a satin appearance. Polished surfaces can, though, be restored to titanium or stainless steel easily by a jeweller with polishing facilities.
If you’re thinking of buying a polished ring then we recommend (and this comes from our experience) keeping it well away from the unglazed bases of ceramic mugs and building materials like stones and bricks . If it's rubbed against a piece of bare crockery or a house brick then it will scratch because ceramic / fired clay is harder than all metals. So guys, if you want to keep your ring shiny, avoid washing-up. You now have an officially-approved excuse :-)
Tungsten is significantly harder than titanium or stainless steel and is thus more scratch resistant. A brightly polished tungsten ring will retain its shine for longer than most other ring materials. It will, however, still pick up marks and, like titanium or stainless steel, it's best to keep them well away from exposed ceramic surfaces and other rough materials like building bricks, stones or unglazed ceramic.
What are the characteristics of titanium?
Here's a brief guide to the ring materials we sell. Both titanium, tungsten carbide and stainless steel are totally non-allergenic and completely corrosion resistant.
Titanium is a fairly lightweight metal but a very strong one, i.e. the metal has a low density but it can't easily be bent or deformed; it will hold intricate designs & patterns; it's not brittle; it has a grey colour; it's relatively easy to machine; it's available in a range of finishes but will always acquire a matte finish after being worn for a while. It can, though, be re-polished back to a high gloss shine. Titanium is a totally non-allergenic material and totally corrosion resistant. Perfect if you're in salt water frequently.
Tungsten carbide, or just tungsten is significantly more dense than either titanium or stainless steel which means an identically shaped and sized tungsten ring will weigh more. Tungsten has a dark grey colour and is harder than either titanium or stainless and far harder than any precious metal. It takes either a matte or bright polished finish and holds it for a long time. If you want a lower cost alternative to either gold, platinum or silver then we recommend considering tungsten: a beautiful material that's very reasonably priced.
Stainless steel , or stainless has similar characteristics to titanium but denser and has a shinier colour due to the presence of chromium which gives it its rust resistance. Stainless steel has a higher density than titanium which means a stainless ring will weigh more than an identically-shaped ring made from titanium. This is why titanium is preferred for use in aeroplanes and space craft where minimising weight is vital. Stainless steel can, occasionally, be stained by chemicals like acids etc but these can always be removed by polishing.
Which ring materials are heavy and which are light relatively?
Consider the table below as an approximate guide to the main metals used for rings. If a titanium ring weighed 5.0g you can see below that an exact copy of that ring (the same size & shape) made from gold would be 4+ times the weight. A ring made from titanium is just over one-fifth (1/5) the weight of an identical ring made of platinum, the densest metal used in jewellery manufacture.
Relative weights of identically-shaped & identically-sized rings. Titanium = 100.
||Weight of identical ring