Pay for your wedding ring with Crypto

Neocrypto-Australia

Friends we have good news!

Alpha Rings will now accept certain cryptocurrencies as payment for your wedding ring!

Currently we will accept NEO, GAS, and other NEP5 tokens (such as Ontology, TheKey etc). We believe NEO is the most promising blockchain ecosystem with the ability to make a tangible, positive difference in the real world. NEO’s goals are lofty but they truly have a vision to make the world economy a better place!

At some stage we may accept Ethereum and ERC20 tokens. We do not plan to accept Bitcoin at this stage.

The Wallet address for paying with NEO, GAS or other NEP5 tokens is:

NEO – AU84Wfahev8iYWwFWs62ckqaehcLKybmim

 

We will give 10% off for any payment using Crypto, contact us for a coupon code.

Unfortunately as this is emerging technology, there is no payment gateway that we feel properly embraces NEO and so we haven’t yet implemented crypto into our shopping cart yet – but that will happen at some point. For now, please contact Alpha Rings to discuss the exact amount to be paid to the wallet. We will use https://coinmarketcap.com/calculator/ for the calculation.

Best regards,

Alpha Rings!!

Buying Rings online in Australia

When it comes to purchasing jewellery in Australia, only 10 short years ago, you almost certainly would have walked into a shopping centre, or a mall in the main city to look through jewellery stores.

I know when I was married about 12 years ago, I didn’t look at one online store! In fact I think I was still using dial up internet!!

But how times have changed. When we at Alpha Rings look at the type of questions that we received when we first started trading many years ago, its amazing how much those questions have changed over the years.

When we first went into business, it took some time to get some traction, not only being found online, but moreso gaining credibility in the market. One of the best things to happen was the proliferation of review websites and Social Media. Social Media has a way of flushing out extremely dodgy operators. If you are stitching people up online, you won’t start around long these days.

People are always interested to talk about their recent purchases, they get excited about them and want to share the experience with their friends. And this is great for the retailer if they’ve done a good job. Alpha Rings could probably do a better job to harness these great reviews. However one thing we are confident of is that we give such exceptional service with every client we come in contact with, that we simply do not get negative reviews. If there is ever an issue with a purchase, we always resolve the issue.

And this is where so many other online retailers are different, particularly many of those overseas. We’ve heard some horror stories from our clients, who actually sometimes come to us to purchase a ring because of how bad their experience had been at some other online retailer. The main two issues that we see come up are that they have experienced poor product quality elsewhere, or that they’ve been charged for a ring re-sizing.

Alpha Rings never charges for a ring resizing. We generally direct our potential clients to this page on ring sizes which assists them to get the right size, or at least how to go about getting the right size. If someone has the opportunity though, we do suggest people can go in store and get sized up by a jeweller in a shop. This is where a physical shopfront does have some superiority to an online store – they can give you the correct ring size there and then. However if you have an approximate size of your finger, what we often do, if its a lower priced ring, is that we might send you two or three sizes for you to try on. You can try them over a few days and send the ones back that don’t fit. If the product you would like is an Edward Mirell ring, then we usually ask you to make the purchase, and we will send you some rings to try on to get the exact size. We Absolutely want to ensure the ring is the correct size when we get it made by Edward Mirell. Failure to do so will need another ring to be sent made and sent over. This is where we thing we offer a superior service to most online stores.

We never charge a re-stocking fee for a ring that isn’t the right size. Many other stores do. This is a joke of charge. The retailer isn’t remotely customer focussed if they charge a restocking fee and we will never do it. We do ask that the customer put a little thought into making sure that the ring size they choose is correct, but even so, we still won’t charge you a fee. Thats crazy!

No longer do we ever really get questions from our customers about the security of online purchases, and that was without doubt the number one question that we would receive in the early days. I don’t think anyone has asked a question like that in years now, because online shopping is just so common. Alpha Rings uses Paypal as its merchant and we do not store credit card details online which makes it very safe indeed.

Really, the main questions we receive now are about size, and we have those responses down to a fine art, so whether you’re looking to buy a mens ring in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, our friends in Perth or right here in Alpha Rings’ home, Adelaide, don’t stress about getting the right ring size – we will make sure we help you do that every step of the way!!

Happy hunting,

AR.

Timoku Titanium Rings back in production!!

mens titanium ring

Great news for all our Australian customers, Edward Mirell have recommenced production of their world famous, one of a kind Timoku products.

There is no other product like Edward Mirell Timoku anywhere in the world. Reason being that Edward Mirell are the only makers of true Black Titanium, owning the patent on this product.

Titanium ring australia

The Timoku pattern comes from combining Black and Grey Titanium, joining them together , then twisting and hammering the two metals. A Ring blank is then cut, whereupon the final product can be made.

Many of our customers have enjoyed the incredible Timoku ring – most often for a wedding ring, although we have supplied the occasional Timoku for a fashion ring.

black titanium ring for men

My personal favourite is the incredible Bevelled ring. Having seen it a number of times it really is quite incredible, with amazing pattern of the Timoku framed by the Grey Titanium bevelled edge. Every customer that has bought it has always commented on how incredible it looks.

mens titanium ring

 

If you are in the market for a unique titanium ring, and you like something a bit unusual, check out the Edward Mirell Timoku range, we can guarantee they’ll get noticed!!

Edward Mirell Guardian Collection

One of Edward Mirell’s most exciting new ventures has been its unique “Guardian” collection. Edward Mirell has kept this collection very tight, preferring to produce a limited number of designs, but placing a great deal of emphasis on the the appearance of each piece.

In fact, currently there are only 4 products in this current collection, which has fluctuated as the company refines its outstanding, world class catalogue.

At the center of its collection, as always are the rings. The first ring is considered to be one of Edward Mirell’s finest signet rings. Made of high quality Lapis that have an incredible bright blue appearance, it has a Sterling Silver setting which is in turn set in a base of high grade CP grey titanium

Titanium and Lapis mens ring

The intricate work in this ring is clearly visible even from a photograph. True to the Edward Mirell theme, not a detail has been missed. The accenting and highlighting is done by alternating polished and brushed titanium.

The next ring in the collection is a more aggressive look than the Lapis ring. This one features Dia Carnelian which is bright red in appearance against stark Black Titanium. The stone is once again set into Sterling Silver.

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As one can see from the pictures, this ring is very bold and encaptulates old world charm with modern manufacturing technologies. The Dia Carnelian ring is a great choice for someone looking for an old world gothic ring. Whilst not typical of a wedding ring, for a fashion ring – this one certainly fits the bill.

Black Tungsten vs Black Titanium

When a client wants a black mens ring, there are two main products that they ask us about. The first product is Black Tungsten, the second product is Black Titanium. What clients want to know is, what is black tungsten? what is black titanium? is black titanium or black tungsten better? Lets examine some of those points below.

 

What are black tungsten rings?

There is actually no such thing as “Black Tungsten”. Black Tungsten utilises regular Tungsten, but then uses a PVD (physical vapour deposition) coating. This means that a coating is applied in an environment of extreme heat and pressure, to the normal Tungsten product.

This seems a completely counter-intuitive process however. The main benefit of a Tungsten ring is that its surface is extremely scratch resistant. So why on earth would you add a coating to that? Despite what retailers might say, Black Tungsten has very poor scratch resistance. The reason for this, is that when you scratch the coating, the grey of the tungsten shows through very easily.

Black Tungsten is normal tungsten with a PVD coating

Black Tungsten is normal tungsten with a PVD coating

So the facts are that there is no product that in and of itself, is real “black tungsten”, and the PVD coated Tungsten which is sold as “black Tungsten”, offers very poor scratch resistance.

 

What is Black Titanium?

Much has been written on this site about black titanium. However it is important, once again to distinguish the difference between Edward Mirell patented Black Titanium, and what is marketed in the industry as black titanium.

The only real Black Titanium product on the market is the Edward Mirell manufactured product. This is made in the USA at their South Florida facility. Edward Mirell has over 40 patents, with Black Titanium being one of them.

Black Titanium fashion ring

Black Titanium is superior in almost every way to Black Tungsten

This product is truly unique in the jewelry industry. It takes regular commercial pure grey titanium and a well guarded, proprietary blend of alloys, and subjects it to super heating. The result is that the outside of the grey titanium product turns black. The incredibly unique thing about Black Titanium though, is that it maintains much of the malleability and ductility of regular grey Titanium, with the added benefit of the ultra hard black  surface.

Non Edward Mirell Black Titanium is very similar to Black Tungsten jewelry – it is a PVD coating which is highly prone to scratching and fading, leading to an inferior product.

 

So which is better, Black Tungsten or Black Titanium?

After examining the facts about the two products, it really isnt a contest between the two materials.  The only place that black tungsten has the edge is with cost. Black Titanium is quite a bit more expensive. However you are without question paying for quality. Black Tungsten will definately scratch and fade over time, showing a grey colour underneath the black. Black Titanium is magnitudes more scratch resistant than Black Tungsten, and will stand the test of time well beyond that of other cheaper, inferior products.

Cobalt Rings vs Tungsten Rings

ceramic and cobalt ring

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.

ceramic and cobalt ring

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.

Cobalt mens wedding ring

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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8mm Tungsten bevelled ring

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!

 

Are ceramic rings dead?

black ceramic ring

Ceramic rings became extremely popular in the last decade or so. The reason for this is that they offered a new way to introduce permanency to the colour of mens and womens fashion rings. Stainless steel was able to be used and was subjected to coatings such as PVD (physical vapor deposition) where the ring was subjected to high temperatures and pressures to add a certain coating. Other types of coatings were things like enamels which were “painted” on. The end result is that there was a product that could be manufactured cheaply, with bright colours and patterns, but at the expense of long term quality and durability.

 

steel rings

steel and enamel ring

Enter Ceramic rings. Ceramic rings solved some of the problems that were around with steel rings.

 

 

Advantages that Ceramic rings held over steel rings include

– They didnt need any type of coating

– The base was not a “Silver” colour, but any colour that the manufacturer wished

– Ceramics are harder  and less prone to scratching

– If it did scratch, it would scratch the same colour

– Stainless Steel rings, are overwhelmingly renound for lacking quality due to being soft – they scratch very easily and bend out of shape too easily. Much like gold, which is shocking for rings and really only used for the status. (Gold is great for accenting and inlaying however)

– A true black colour was achievable, which is very appealing to men.

 

 

Disadvantages

– Less intricate designs were possible.

– Lower malleability and ductility means less acute angles were possible so less variety of design

black ceramic ring

black ceramic ring

So whats the problem with Ceramic rings then?

Its not so much that ceramic rings are bad, its just that there are better products out there. The Edward Mirell black titanium product is superior to ceramic in every way. So the problem with Ceramic rings is that they have simply been superseded by a vastly superior product. Our customers also seem to know this, and that is why ceramic sales at Alpha Rings have plummeted, while Black Ti sales are on the way up.

 

 

Advantages Black Titanium has over Ceramic

– Incredibly versatile

– A staggering matrix of ductility, malleability, scratch resistance and ability to reflect light.

– Unique colour profile

– With the above characteristics is in no way physically inferior to ceramic

 

Disadvantages

– Much more expensive

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black ti Koi Fish – cutting edge engineering

Like most things in life, you pay for quality, and Black Titanium is without question more expensive than Ceramic. This tends to mean that retailers make lower margins on Black Titanium.  Black Titanium is not a marketing gimmick, far from it. Its an incredible product that Australian consumers now have the ability to take advantage of.  We still stock ceramic rings, because clients sometimes have an appeal to ceramic, and thats fine, however due to the nature of the product, there are far fewer choices in ceramic than black ti.

 

Alpha Rings has a great selection of black titanium rings or black ceramic rings right here

 

 

5 Popular Mens Wedding Ring Styles

Titanium Wedding Rings

Gone are the days when Australian men have a limited choice of a plain gold or silver wedding ring. Bland and simple is a thing of the past, with mens wedding rings catering to a much broader range of tastes and styles.

Let’s face it – men today are more fashion conscious and willing to make a statement. Today, wedding rings incorporate all sorts of materials; wood, leather, black titanium, diamonds, gold cable and combine inlays of just about every kind of metal you can think of.

We have taken out the guess work for you – here are some of the most popular purchases from the ALPHA Rings online store over the past few years. Make your ring a stand out with one of these 5 popular men’s wedding ring styles.

 

1. Gray titanium ring with black cable and diamond – $699 AUD

gray titanium ring with diamond and black cable

An elegant, modern ring which combines naturally glossy gray titanium, a black cable inlay and a .10ctw round diamond. A stylish stand out on your wedding ring finger from famous United States jewellery designer, Edward Mirell. Includes bevelled edges and is completely scratch proof.

 

2. Flat titanium ‘Heritage’ ring – $289 AUD

heritage titanium ring

A bold ring cast with strong symbols, this titanium ring is intricately set and designed. A definite ‘man’s man’ ring which is sure to make a statement. Flat at the top and tapering to 8mm in width underneath.  ALPHA Rings is the only supplier of the Heritage series by Edward Mirell in Australia.

 

3. Titanium ring with gold cable – $529 AUD

titanium ring with gold cable

At 10.5mm in width, this is a wider titanium ring which adds to it’s power. Setting off the gold cable and  gold studs, the gray titanium provides a strong contrast in colours. This ring is ALPHA’s first venture into gold jewellery. A popular choice for men who enjoy a classy gold look with a modern titanium style.

 

4. Tungsten Ring with wooden inlay – $169 AUD

tungsten ring with wooden inlay

A popular men’s fashion ring, but also a unique wedding ring, this tungsten ring combines beautifully with a natural wooden inlay. If you’re looking for something different, this ring is also made to order for a comfort fit. Check out this ring from our selection of tungsten rings.

 

5. Tungsten and silver wedding ring – $169

tungsten and silver wedding ring

A classic domed wedding ring, set with a silver inlay in the middle. The silver offsets the tungsten well and this is the perfect example of a more traditionally styled wedding ring with a unique touch.

We hope you now have some new ideas when it comes to choosing your next wedding or men’s fashion ring. By no means a full representation of our range of rings, but a small selection of some of our most popular purchases. If you do purchase from ALPHA, we provide free shipping Australia wide and all purchases are supported by our 30 day money back guarantee. Just a little added incentive!

CJM

ALPHA Rings

 

 

 

 

 

Hitting the wedding

It can be said with a somewhat scientific degree of accuracy (although this might not stand up to a rigorous panel) that just about single guy that gets a wedding invite isn’t going to see their mate make a lifelong commitment to the love of their life.  Sure, it’s great…  For them.  But having to trawl through the internet for some sort of meaningful gift, sitting through a somewhat mundane wedding ceremony, having to awkwardly sing along to hymns you don’t know the words to, and then making small talk with guests at the reception all the while having to watch your intake of alcohol so you don’t inadvertently blurt out about that one time when you and the groom woke up naked in a side alley of Rome needs to have some kind of benefit.

 

Which leads us to…  The good thing about weddings.  Not only is it ridiculously easy to get drunk at a wedding.  It is also ridiculously easy to find someone to go home with.  After all, it’s not only the bride and groom who should be having all the fun!  With all this talk about love, isn’t it only right that you pay tribute to it by finding your own true love…  Or at least someone who’ll say yes to a fun-filled and naughty night?  If you follow some simple ground rules it shouldn’t be too hard to hit it off.  After all that’s what weddings are for, aren’t they?

 

Number one rule you ask?  Dress dapper.  Don’t even think about putting on that old suit you once had for that family occasion you once went to.  This is a wedding…  Put in some effort and dress sharp!  It’s always better to look more dressy than less. The great thing about weddings is that you’ll be surrounded by people you don’t know and who don’t know you.  Even if you typically slouch around in a pair of loafers and swim shorts, this is an occasion for you to play at being someone completely different.  International man of mystery, jet-set entrepreneur or billionaire playboy,  whatever your chosen look, you can pull it off at a wedding.

 

The good news is that as slim fitting suits have become more popular, you’ll find it easier to look your best on a small budget.  Slim fit suits with clean lines and a handsome peak lapel can be snapped up for under $250.  However if you’re struggling to get the right fit and you don’t already have a great suit or several thousand dollars to spend on getting a new one, we recommend hiring a suit for the special occasion.  Prices start from around a few hundred dollars and can increase to around who knows what depending on the suit or available options such as shoes, vests and neckwear.  The color of your suit is entirely up to you.

 

Remember, fit is everything.

 

You could go with a snappy looking slim-fitted black or navy blue suit with a white shirt and skinny tie or alternatively opt for a light linen suit, perfect for summer weddings.  Why not add some style to either with a matching pocket square along with a stylish pair of sunglasses? Perhaps a new titanium fashion ring?

 

Once you’ve got the look down, the rest is up to you.  Make yourself available, head to an area like the bar or buffet where you can easily get into a conversation with that pretty redhead without appearing you’re trying too hard.  If you’ve been eyeing each other all day, but you lack the courage, take your chance when the music is playing to approach her and invite her to dance.  It won’t appear awkward and will give you a chance to woo her with your witty charm.  And most importantly: smile.  Be approachable and confident and it will get you far…