Rings for Spring

The spring racing season is upon us yet again!

While the new season is usually met with a visit to the local menswear department to update to the seasons latest sports jacket and Blazer, many of our clients these days actually purchase jewellery for the spring carnival.

Some of the more popular rings that we sell in spring are our tungsten range with coloured carbon fibre inlays. Most notably the red, green and blue inlays which offer eye catching reflections in the sunlight. With prices around $100 per ring they offer exceptional value given the unparalleled scratch resistance.

 

 

For the spring period, Alpha Rings will be offering 10% off all our Tungsten rings! Contact us today to get a coupon code!!

 

 

The Edward Mirell Pallas Collection

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Edward Mirell is continually refining and releasing new and exciting products into the market which are both innovative and aesthetically pleasing. But then there are products that have been around for a long long time because they are a staple and they just work. It could be said that they’ve stood the test of time!

The Pallas collection is one such collection in the Edward mirell range. The Pallas collection features necklaces, Grey Titanium Rings and Black Titanium Rings. It does not feature bracelets.

The Pallas collection is distinctive in that each piece is almost gothic in nature. Features of this collection are deeply grooved machining and contrasting layers to create a heavily carved appearance. Generally speaking the Pallas collection is aimed at men because of the size of each piece. Some pieces are 8mm but there are also 10mm wide rings which are very chunky indeed.

Grey and Black titanium is used in Pallas, although each ring or necklace is either Grey or Black. There are no two tone pieces as such. Each design is replicated in grey or black however.

The mens necklaces in the Pallas collection are without doubt our most popular mens necklaces that we stock. They look good on the website but they look incredible in real life.

So if you are after something big and bold in one of our contemporary metals, check out the Pallas band, available at Alpha Rings today!!

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Ring size and changing seasons

Well most of us will agree that change is upon us! With Spring well and truly here we can all start to feel that the weather is warming and our body responds to that change in season. Having worn wedding and fashion rings for many many years now, this change is evident in swelling of the fingers.

Apparently this swelling occurs as a natural mechanism for the body to help regulate temperature. This means that the circulatory system is more able to get blood to the surface of the skin and keep the body at its optimum temperature.

So what does that mean for jewellery? Well quite obviously if our bodies are swelling then our fingers are too. This funnily enough can be a big issue for some people, and not much of an issue at all for others.

People with quite fleshy fingers will often be affected by this phenomenon, where as people with very bony fingers will often not notice all that much. From a personal perspective, from the coldest to the warmer days, my fingers will swell a bit over half a size. In the coldest months I can wear a size 8 comfortably, but in the warmer days an 8.5 fits me (albeit a fraction tight).

So the question is how do you address this issue before you purchase a ring? Well what we ask our valued customers to do is that when they receive their ring, they should try it on under different conditions. For example, they should have a hot shower or do the dishes, and then try the ring on. Balance that out by putting their hands on a much cooler basin of water and see how much of a difference there is in the apparent size of their finger.

From there an educated decision can be made on what the most appropriate size is. The middle ground is always the best option.  There is an old saying that there is no “perfect” ring size, and this is exactly the reason why. However when you take a bit of time and thought to work out what will happen in the opposite season, you can’t really go too wrong.

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Spring is here!

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Spring is here at last! Amazing flowers, snakes and Hayfever are but some of the wonderful things we can look forward to over the next few months! At ALPHA Rings we love spring because it marks the ramping up of the wedding season. We start to notice a lot of people desperately needing a ring at rather short notice from about late August onwards.

So if you are planning to get married over the next 6 months, we strongly suggest that you do your research nice and early so you have a good idea what you’re after nice and early. Then you can make sure, if the ring has to be made, that you’re getting it made with plenty of time to spare.

Theres nothing worse than finding your ideal ring, only to find out that its not possible for the ring to be made in time! At this time of year, Alpha Rings works on about 4-6 weeks to turn around rings that we do not have in stock. Almost all Edward Mirell stock is made fresh for our customers, in their Deerfield Beach, Florida manufacturing facility.

We hold a good selection of Tungsten, Titanium and mens Cobalt Rings but again, please contact us nice and early so that if we do not have it, we are able to project how long this will take to get made.

Here at Alpha Rings we’re all about making sure that you’re experience is as good as we can possibly make it. If that means we don’t have the ring you’re after, we’re never going to try and sell you something you won’t be happy for you. We want you to have the product you love, and we hope that you find that product right here!

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!

Anodised Titanium Bands

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Although the ability to anodise steel has been around for many decades, its application in jewellery has been mainly associated with female lines, in particular rings and necklaces. Anodising creates remarkable colours by a process which involves electrically charged particles.

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Recently however, Edward Mirell have given the anodisation process something of a renaissance! Mens titanium bands are now seeing a splash of colour through them which has not previously been seen in any of the Edward Mirell lines in the past.

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The blue anodised effect is more subtle with black titanium

One of the key features to note with the anodised rings is the slight recessed channels where the colour is situated. This has the effect of protecting the colour and greatly increasing its life because it is not surface facing and therefore has a considerably reduced risk of being scratched.

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Although Edward Mirell have had the ability to create these designs for many years, these are quite new lines so they have only released a select few bands. The theme is predominantly blue mens rings  although other designs are said to be following soon. The products are currently limited to both black titanium and grey titanium. There are no plans to have anodised Cobalt bands at this stage.

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So come and check them out, they’ve proven to be quite popular so far, particularly the grey titanium variety as the contrast between the blue and grey is quite remarkable.

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Cobalt Rings vs Tungsten Rings

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Our clients have a great deal of choices and considerations to make when they decide what is the best ring for them. Factors that people consider are, first and foremost, price and quality. Most Australians want a really good quality product at a solid price.

With the advent of contemporary metals, the landscape has changes regarding a clients needs.  In years past, it was accepted that your ring would scratch and look, well, quite ordinary after only a few months. Thats certainly not the case now. Modern alloys are engineered to provide extreme scratch resistance.

So when people ask the the most durable rings, the answer is always the Black Titanium rings, Cobalt rings or Tungsten Rings. Much has been written about Titanium rings, so we will focus on Tungsten vs Cobalt rings.

Cobalt rings and Tungsten Rings share as many similarities as they do differences. The Key similarities they share is the outstanding durability in day to day wear. Cobalt, much like Black Titanium, is a modern engineering masterpiece. Not only have engineers made Cobalt rings been designed to strongly resemble the “white” finish of platinum, but they have also managed to keep a unique hardness in the product, but still enough ductility and malleability to avoid being too brittle.

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Tungsten Rings are extremely hard – harder and more scratch resistant than any other product on the market

 

Tungsten is more scratch resistant than Cobalt, and is very very difficult to scratch. The trade off with this is that the Tungsten product is more brittle. Cobalt offers a closer balance of scratch resistance with how easy it is to crack. Needless to say, you would have to make a real effort to crack a Tungsten ring, its very unlikely to happen in day to day use. Sometimes you might see retailers claim Tungsten as “unbreakable”. This is a fallacy – its not possible for this to be the case.

As Cobalt is less brittle than Tungsten, it makes it more versatile. Sections can be cut from the ring with less danger of cracking. If you think of an extreme scenario, something very brittle, like glass, its quite difficult to carve intricate designs without cracking – compare this to something less brittle like plastic. This is how Tungsten is to work with. Cobalt doesnt really face this problem, and therefore, there are more range of designs possible with Cobalt rings.

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Cobalt rings are less brittle than tungsten, making machining of edges much easier without the risk of cracking

The colour of Tungsten and Cobalt rings is probably the most significant points of difference. Tungsten rings have a somewhat grey hue to them, whereas Cobalt rings, as mentioned above, have a much “whiter” finish, which some people find more appealing.

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Cobalt Rings offer a colour similar to Platinum, but harder, and much much cheaper

Cost is the final factor, Cobalt rings can sometimes cost twice as much as Tungsten rings.

The Bevelled Tungsten Ring

Sometimes partners want some input into what ring they should buy their partner as a surprise. They want some guidance as to what the most popular rings are. Enter the Bevelled Tungsten ring with no inlays.

This ring comes in with a few subtle variations. Firstly we make it in either a 6mm width or an 8mm width, and secondly it comes with a polished or brushed face. Overwhelmingly, the brushed face is the most popular, as it adds some nice contrast to the ring with the polished bevelled edging.

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The 8mm and 6mm versions are nearly equally popular, it really just depends on what the client is looking for. The 8mm version is quite heavy, weighing in at around 16gm. A similar Titanium Ring would weigh somewhere around 5gm.

This ring is a really good option for people who work outdoors and like to keep their ring on whilst at work. The reason for this is that there is no inlay to scratch, and its very difficult to scratch a plain Tungsten Band.

If you are intereted in these bands, the 8mm tungsten band can be found here, and here is the 6mm tungsten band!

 

Engraving Tungsten & Ceramic Rings

Tungsten Ring Engraving

We get asked quite frequently about engraving contemporary ring materials such as Tungsten, Cobalt and Ceramic. Questions such as “ can tungsten rings be engraved?“, “How much does it cost to engrave a ring?“, and less common (but we still get asked), “How do they get engraved?”
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First of all its important to understand, briefly the characteristics of these types of rings. The ideology is different from times gone by where Gold, White Gold and Platinum were the typical materials used for mens rings. These metals served their purpose, there was a sense of value to them and their alloys made sound wedding rings.
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Times have changed however and peoples needs have evolved. Contemporary metals offer a look which is the equal of any of these traditional metals with the main difference being their superior ability to withstand the punishment of day to day wear and tear.
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However to every plus their is a minus, and that minus was that these rings, particularly Tungsten, are near on impossible to engrave with traditional engraving techniques. These techniques essentially scratch the surface of the ring, which creates a “pattern” on the surface of the ring.

This really isn’t possible with Tungsten rings, the surface is far too hard. The solution then, is laser engraving. Laser engraving is exactly as it sounds. A laser of incredible temperature “burns” the surface of the Tungsten, Ceramic or Cobalt to create the expected result. Laser engraving on Tungsten has a light gold appearance which is very pleasant.

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A laser engraving machine

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Laser engravers have computers which set, with incredible accuracy, what they are engraving. This takes any of the human element out of the engraving process.

Laser engravers do cost a quite a large sum of money however they are very much indispensable in the wedding ring business these days.
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All Alpha rings are inscribed with our brand “alpha” first of all, then the first 3 letters of the material, such as “COB” (cobalt), TUN (Tungsten) and then the size.
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We can do custom engraving in certain circumstances however its very important that you email us first. Custom engraving also means you cannot return the ring, because the inside of the ring will be engraved, the ring will therefore be unsellable. We do not charge extra for the engraving process as its a service to our customers. We think if we were customers this would be a minimum expectation.