Being in the wedding ring game for quite some time, we’ve seen all sorts of trends come and go. We’ve also seen new products come into the market that have really added to the product suite that men have to choose from. Cobalt is one of those such products.
Cobalt rings are a relatively recent innovation, created by some of the worlds top designers and metallurgists searching for a product with lots of upside and reducing the floors of the product. Cobalt was created to have a similar appearance to Platinum, with its brilliant “white” lustre. However, in our opinion, Cobalt is a far superior product for jewellery than Platinium. The only place that Platinum has it covered is the “status” of Platinum.
Cobalt Rings are made by combining Cobalt, Chrium and Molybdenum as well as other trace materials.
Some of the benefits of Cobalt Rings include
– Hardness & scratch resistance. Cobalt is around 3 times harder than Platinum. The result is that it is an extremely durable product that is highly scratch resistant. I have worn Cobalt as my ring of choice for many years, and whilst the product does scratch – the scratches are very fine. You need to look closely to see the scratches. Its not like Gold, Silver or Platinum that have massive scratches all over the ring really quickly. Also, even though the product is hard, it is not so hard that it becomes brittle, which is really important. Its less hard than Tungsten and is more malleable so it is less prone to cracking.
– Brilliant white Hue. One of the best attributes Cobalt has is its wonderful colour. It is a very “white” colour which is stunning when either polished or brushed. Of all the products we sell, it is Cobalt that really lights up a clients face when they see their ring come out. It catches the light beautifully well. The one downfall of this colour is that Cobalt is near on impossible to photograph properly. Its really hard to capture the true colour and reflection properly.
– Price. Compared to precious metal jewellery, it is very inexpensive. Most Cobalt rings can be purchased for less than $300 which is an absolute steal for the product that you are getting. Its certainly more expensive than both Titanium and Tungsten, but it is a different product. Titanium is more versatile so more can be done with it. The machining of Cobalt probably produces an end result closer to Tungsten because of its hardness.
Not all Cobalt rings are made equally though. Because Cobalt rings are made with a bunch of different materials, some manufacturers can use cheaper products in higher proportions which compromises both the scratch resistance and the “cracking” resistance of the products. Cobalt products made by Alpha Rings are of the highest possible quality, so whilst we won’t claim that your Cobalt product will never scratch (if you find a retailer that does, I would suggest you be very concerned about buying from them), it will be as high a quality as you will find anywhere. Click here to have a look at our cobalt rings.