Our new Cobalt rings

Mens Tungsten Ring

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..

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