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Alternative Metals

In addition to the big three – platinum, gold and silver – there is a plethora of lightweight, modern‐looking and durable metals that have become popular for jewellery and wedding bands. Alternative or modern metals are especially popular with men, who appreciate their lightweight feel and extreme durability.


Cobalt jewellery is made from the same material used to build jet aircraft engines. Cobalt is harder than stainless steel and therefore, harder to scratch. Although not 100% scratch proof, cobalt is much harder than titanium and all other precious metals including platinum, gold and silver. Cobalt is also hypoallergenic. It is also used to make surgical tools and reconstructive implants for knees, spine and other areas.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a metal with many uses. Most commonly, stainless steel is seen in kitchenware, appliances and hardware, stainless steel is also used to make watches and jewellery. Stainless steel is a silvery‐white colour with a mirror finish that retains its shine and colour very well and resists tarnishing. The most popular uses for stainless steel in jewellery are watches, bracelets, rings, earring posts and body jewellery since it is easy to clean, keeps a mirror shine and is strong enough for daily wear.


Titanium is versatile, lightweight and strong, with a silvery‐white metallic colour. This metal is as strong as steel but is 45% lighter in weight, and is similar to platinum in its resistance to tarnishing. This metal has many uses ranging from armor plating, spacecraft and aircraft parts, to jewellery design. Titanium's strength, durability, and lustrous beauty make it an ideal choice for jewellery, especially for rings and bracelets that are subject to daily wear.


The name of this metal is derived from the Swedish words "tung sten" meaning "heavy stone." Tungsten is very heavy with a steel gray to tin‐white colour and a lustrous finish. This metal has the highest melting point, and the most tensile strength of all metals. Due to the hardness of this metal, the shine is not apt to fade as with other metals that must be polished. Tungsten also has natural hypoallergenic properties that make it perfect for use in jewellery making.

Ceramic Carbide

Ceramic carbide is a relatively new in the jewellery arena. Ceramic carbide is a man‐made product – not the ceramic found in stoneware or pottery. Industrial ceramic carbide is extremely durable and nearly impossible to scratch. In combination with other materials like tungsten carbide, ceramic jewellery becomes the perfect choice for the active person. Ceramic carbide is also a material that people with metal allergies and sensitive skin can enjoy since it is completely hypoallergenic.