Our new Cobalt rings

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Our new range of Cobalt rings are almost here! While we haven’t yet had any come out of production, they are only weeks away. So whats so special about these new Cobalt rings? Well first of all if you’ve followed our posts you’ll know that at Alpha Rings, we’re massive fans of the Cobalt product.

Cobalt is just such a great material to make jewellery for men out of for a variety of reasons. First of all they look incredible. If you’re familiar with Platinum, then you’ll be familiar with Cobalt. The appearance of Cobalt is somewhat similar to that of Platinum with its incredible “clean” colour. Some people think that Titanium and Tungsten look dirty in colour, but Cobalt is most definitely not like that. The high scratch resistance of Cobalt is also a key reason why it is becoming more and more popular. Whilst it isn’t as scratch resistant as Tungsten, it most definitely is more scratch resistant than Titanium, which makes it a great choice for a mens wedding or fashion ring.

So our new range of rings will be the simple domed band. We’ve found that this is a really popular design and we believe our customers are going to love them. At the low price point we’ve introduced them at ($149), we think this offers a great balance between cost and quality. Cobalt rings for men really should last a lifetime, and at that price, its an absolute steal.

We’ll upload some photo’s as soon as they come off the production line!

The big 3 of mens Jewellery

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When men are looking to accessorise, its important that it is done tastefully and elegantly. Nothing looks worse than an overdone businessman, a try hard who thinks “the more gold I wear, the cooler I’ll look”

Unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth. There are 3 items that a man should always wear in the corporate world, and its so incredibly easy to pull off.

 

The Watch

The number 1 item that a guy should wear is the humble wrist watch. For years naysayers have been calling for the end of the wrist watch because a mobile phone will tell the time more accurately. However nothing completes the look of a well tailored suit like an elegant watch. A watch catches peoples eyes and captures their imagination. Watches are such a personal choice that its one way that men can express their personality so emphatically. Big and brash, or understated and classy – you can get an immediate insight to someones personality just by glancing at what’s on their wrist.

And you don’t have to pay thousands of dollars for a high performing watch either. Companies like Steinhart, Citizen, Tissot and even Seiko produce stunningly reliable and elegant watches. Heck you can even buy a Replica that most people can’t tell the difference. But if you buy a replica Rolex and drive a 20 year old commodore, people will call bullshit.

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Actor Daniel Craig wore an Omega 2220.80 Seamaster watch with co-axial movement as James Bond in the Eon Productions film “Casino Royale” (2006).

The Ring

Similar to a watch, a ring is a very personal item that a man can wear to express his personality. The great thing about rings are that they come in such a broad range of colours, materials and designs. Big, black and loaded with diamonds, or a simple Titanium wedding band, and everything in between. We find that there is such a wide range of products that people are interested in, and thats great because it shows guys are getting exactly what THEY want, not what the masses want.

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The Tie Bar

The last item that every business man should wear every day is the tie bar. There isn’t a lot of worse fashion looks than a poorly done half windsor above a crooked tie. There’s no need for either. There are a million sites out there to help you tie your tie properly, and equally as many that you can buy a tie bar from. Tie bars come in pretty much any shape or size that you can imagine, and they do as advertised – keep your tie straight.

 

So it doesn’t take a heck of a lot to accessorise for your business day. Buying the above items could cost anything really. You could get a quality watch, ring and tie bar for under a thousand, or it could cost $50,000. But either way, nothing completes a look like a quality Watch, ring and tie bar..

Rings make great Valentines day gifts!!

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Here at Alpha Rings, our amazing customers choose our products all year round. There really isn’t any one time of year that is stronger than any other. One area where we are noticing that we are always busy however, is around Valentines day. Valentines day has traditionally never been a huge market for us, but now as clients become more and more aware of the versatility of contemporary metal rings, men and women are really taking to the idea of a ring for a gift.

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Cobalt Rings are in demand all year round, and most certainly on Valentines day

Less expensive rings are in vogue at this time of year, so particularly plain tungsten or Cobalt rings are in demand. I think that is because when people are buying gifts, they aren’t sure exactly what their partner might like and therefore they don’t want to waste too much money on a purchase that isn’t perfect! So we don’t seem to see many Black Titanium and diamond rings being picked up at this time of year!!!

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Wood grain rings have been particularly popular this Valentines day

One other great thing about the products we sell is that they are reasonably priced so it is not an insane investment to buy a product from Alpha Rings. Couple that with the fact that we have a great return and warranty program and you can be confident that your purchase is supported by reliable Australian family values that want to see you happy!

If you’d like to purchase a fashion ring for valentines day, Tungsten Rings are a great place to start!

Comparing types of materials for mens wedding rings

One of the most frequently asked questions we ever receive revolves around the question “what is the best material to make mens wedding rings out of?”

This is a really tough question, and only the individual can really answer this, but here is a bit of a breakdown to help you make the decision. These are only general concepts, and there is some movement on these concepts. What is also important is the quality of the product you are comparing. Poor quality anything is not going to be great to make a wedding ring out of!!!

To make it easier, we’ve made a great infographic which makes things a bit more easy on the eye!

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CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

Tungsten Rings – Tungsten Rings are arguably the most hardy from a scratcc resistance point of view, but they can still crack if hit with something or dropped from a tall height. Also, some people find the greyness of Tungsten to be less spectacular than other metals. Overall it is a very good choice for tradesmen or those that do manual labour and have their ring on. Tungsten Rings can be bought quite cheaply but it is very important to find a supplier of high quality Tungsten as there are big variations in the quality of Tungsten products. This is for a few reasons, including the binding agents used. Even non cobalt binders such as Nickel can be problematic if they fail a Nickel release test, which is a hallmark of poor quality rings. Its not possible to produce a quality product and sell it for $10 or $20 as seen on many of the popular “e-marketplace sites”.

Black Titanium Rings – Black Titanium Rings are exclusive to Edward Mirell who have the patent on the product. Click here to learn more about Black Titanium Rings.  Black Titanium has an incredibly hard outer shell but it maintains much of the grey titanium ductility which means that it is very scratch resistant, but not particularly prone to cracking. It is very hardy, is an amazing colour, and can be made into all manner of incredible shapes. Black Ti made by Edward Mirell is used by some of the worlds biggest companies in their manufacturing processes. An excellent choice for a wedding ring. Remember only Edward Mirell have the patent for true Black Titanium. Most other “black titanium” is just powder coated or electroplated which is a vastly inferior product.

Cobalt Rings – Cobalt is one of Alpha Rings favourites to make a wedding ring out of. Its more scratch resistant than Gold, Silver, Titanium but a bit less scratch resistant than Tungsten. It has the most brilliant colour which resembles Platinum, but at a fraction of the price. Cobalt is suitable for males of all walks of life, be it tradesmen or office workers. Cobalt wedding rings always look impressive and stay looking good for a long long time. If you are after a “silverish” colour, then Cobalt would be our choice. Cobalt is lighter than Tungsten aswell.

Ceramic Rings – Ceramic rings have had a big decline in popularity in recent years. Unless you are after a different kind of colour like blue or red or something, there are just better options elsewhere. Black was traditionally the most used colour, but Black Titanium has since far exceeded Ceramic in almost every regard (except that Black Titanium is more expensive). Ceramic rings are light and scratch resistant but they are very limited in the type of styles that can be made. We really don’t produce them much anymore.

Titanium Rings – Grey Titanium rings are some of the most versatile rings on the market. They are almost right in the middle when it comes to scratch resistance. Much more scratch resistant than Gold, Silver and Steel, but less than Cobalt, Tungsten and Black Titanium. One of the great things about Titanium is the incredible amount of design variations that can be produced. Titanium is incredibly light, has good resilience and is moderately priced. Scratches should be expected but this will add to the character of the ring. Titanium is another product that requires high quality production techniques to avoid weakness in the construction which can occur if not using Commercial Pure (CP) Titanium

Steel Rings – Steel rings are excellent as fashion or costume jewellery but make a poor choice for wedding rings. They scratch too easily and are too easily bent out of shape. Alpha Rings doesn’t sell steel because there are many better choices. We’d recommend you steer clear of rings where the outer surfaces are Steel.

Gold Rings – Gold Rings are still incredibly popular because of the traditional element and people still like the colour of Gold. Gold has attributes which make it good as a wedding ring as an alloy – but contemporary metals do a better job. Gold is also very expensive. Thats a good thing if you want to have a ring with a high intrinsic value, as in, the precious metal is actually worth something as resell value.

Silver Rings – Silver, generally speaking, makes a  poor choice for a mans wedding ring. Silver is way too soft and easily bent and disfigured. Silver is fine as an inlay but it will scratch. We would never suggest to use Silver for a wedding ring. A Silver ring just won’t stand up to the rigours of wearing it every day.

 

We’ve taken some images below to help you with a visual comparison between Cobalt, Tungsten and Titanium rings. It is quite hard to explain the visual differences with words, and photographs are often quite difficult to produce the right colour rendering. The below images do a reasonable job of showing the subtle differences between the three metals. Tungsten is clearly has a more “grey” hue to it. Cobalt has more of a “whiteness” about it, and Titanium has a yellowish type of grey to it. Have a look for yourself.

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Here is a clear comparison in the same lighting. Cobalt brushed and polished is on the left, Titanium polished in the middle, and tungsten brushed and polished on the right

 

 

Tungsten ring on the left, Titanium ring on the right

Tungsten ring on the left, Titanium ring on the right

 

On the left is a Cobalt ring with a brushed face, on the right is a Tungsten ring with a brushed face

On the left is a Cobalt ring with a brushed face, on the right is a Tungsten ring with a brushed face

We’ve written another great article here to help you make with your purchase, the post is called “How to choose a mens wedding ring

5 things to look for when buying a wedding ring online

First of its important to note at the outset that there is no one perfect wedding ring. The perfect mens wedding ring is the ring that you, the groom, thinks is perfect. And what the groom thinks is perfect is purely a matter of taste and fashion.
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There are, however, some basic points to note when choosing a wedding ring. Our experience in the industry has taught us that not all wedding rings, and indeed not all online retailers are created equally. We have experienced the good and the bad, and this has served to teach us what we want to deliver to our customer, and importantly, what not to deliver. So here it is then, our top 10 things to look for:
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1/ What is the retailers reputation?
Reputation is very important in the online world. Unfortunately many things can be manipulated. Facebook likes can be bought, google + 1’s can be bought, as can twitter followers. That is why word of mouth is such a powerful tool. Your friends will tell you their exact experience. If they had a poor experience with a retailer, chances are you will too. Look at the retailers facebook page and search their name on search engines for complaints.
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2/ Do they know their product?

It continues to baffle those at Alpha Rings, when we do our industry research, how poor some companies product knowledge is, of their own products!! Ask pertinent questions, which gives a good starting point for the questions you should be asking.

3/ Customer service, does it exist?
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We can probably all agree that customer service standards are on the slide. You are probably already under stress thinking about the wedding, last thing you want is the purchase of your ring to be a poor experience. Make some initial enquiries. Ask questions like “whats your policy if my size is wrong”. This is a BIG one. You really need to be comfortable with this policy, because each and every week we would need to do a size exchange when the original order was slightly out. Also see if they charge a restocking fee. A restocking fee is a fee…… For restocking the ring!!!!! We cant see how anyone would feel comfortable paying that.

4/ Wedding Ring quality
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Making fine wedding rings is an art. That is why you need to be absolutely certain when you purchase, that you are purchasing from a legitimate retailer. If your retailer cannot tell you the composition of their rings, then unfortunately they are either buying a mass produced ring in bulk, or they have no idea. In some instances they will however use a patented process, and that would be a legitimate reason for not divulging compositions. Alpha Rings utilise Spectore BlackTi™ which is a patented black titanium ring and these are without peer as far as the quality of the product goes.
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Price of the Wedding Ring

Everyone is looking for the best deal. There’s no doubting that. However you need to be careful when looking for the best deal. As mentioned before, there are so many variables when making wedding rings, that it is critical to not go on price alone. If you go for the cheapest price, purchasing a product that costs $30, $40 or $50, where you have seen it generally more expensive on other online stores, there is a reason. It is most likely mass produced using inferior products and processes, and your wedding ring will be of very poor quality. Middle of the road price points are always fair. You shouldnt need to buy the most expensive ring, but one thing is for sure, you should never ever go for the cheapest. We’ve seen whats out there and its not a pretty sight!
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So there you have it, hopefully you’ve found this article somewhat helpful on your quest for the perfect wedding ring