Choosing the right metal for your ring is next to choosing the right stone. The wedding ring metal can influence the style of your ring, yes, but it can also influence the durability of your ring. If you’ve already settled on a silver-colored band, kudos to you, but your decision making isn’t over yet. There are a few different metal types that can give you the same or similar appearance, but differ greatly when it comes to strength, shine, and cost.
Today, we’re talking about the difference between titanium and platinum, but if you’re curious about other metals, check out our comparison of palladium vs platinum on our blog. Explore these options with us below to decide which metal is right for you.
What Is Platinum?
Platinum is a popular choice for wedding rings, but what actually is it?
Platinum is an extremely rare and precious metal. It is also one of the strongest metals available. Unlike other metals such as sterling silver and gold, platinum jewelry is mostly pure platinum. However, because of platinum’s strength, most platinum jewelry is made up of 85-95% platinum with the remaining parts coming from palladium, copper, iridium or cobalt alloys to make the metal more malleable and suitable for more jewelry designs. Because of this, platinum jewelry including engagement rings and wedding bands are hypoallergenic, which makes them a great option for anyone with metal allergies.
In terms of what it looks like, platinum has a silvery-white metal color that looks beautiful with any diamond, gemstone, or on its own as a solid band. Fun fact: white gold, which also has a silvery-white color, was actually created to mimic the look of platinum, and preserve the rare and precious metal.
All of these characteristics make a platinum engagement ring a luxe and durable choice. It not only looks beautiful but will also stand the test of time.
The con? Due to its rarity, platinum can be relatively expensive. This is important to keep in mind when shopping. If you have already allocated most of your engagement ring budget to the stone or plan on doing so, you may want to opt for a less expensive metal. While you may not be able to afford a band made entirely of platinum up front, you can take advantage of its strength by securing your stone with platinum prongs. Then again, since platinum requires less maintenance over the years, in the long run it can be an affordable option. For some guidance on how to best pair platinum, check out our blog on the best platinum ring settings. When paired with a band made of a less valuable metal such as white gold, you’ll save money without affecting the overall look of the ring or putting your center stone at risk.
What Is Titanium?
Titanium is a lesser-known metal that only became popular for wedding bands relatively recently.
Titanium is a metal that was first used in industrial settings because of its incredible strength. Thanks to its ability to withstand everyday wear and tear and incredibly lightweight feel, Titanium has become a popular choice for men’s rings. A titanium wedding band isn’t just suitable for men, though, it is also a great option for women’s wedding bands.
In addition to being strong and lightweight, titanium is also a completely hypoallergenic metal, unlike yellow gold or white gold, which are often made with metal alloys that can cause reactions in those with sensitive skin. Fun fact: it’s even used in metal body replacement parts because of its purity and strength.
While it’s not a new metal, it is new to wedding jewelry. Titanium has a mostly silver color so it quickly became a less-expensive metal alternative to platinum when the color of platinum became extremely popular for engagement and wedding rings back in the 1990s. Beyond wedding bands and engagement rings though, titanium isn’t a popular choice for other types of jewelry because it’s too tough to mold into intricate designs, even when combined with other metal alloys.
Titanium vs. Platinum—The Key Similarities and Differences
Titanium and platinum do share qualities such as being durable, hypoallergenic, silver in color, and low maintenance. However, there are a few key differences that are worth noting before selecting the right metal for you.
While it may not be significant, titanium and platinum do look different. Most platinum jewelry appears on the lighter, whiter side of silver while most titanium jewelry appears darker in color, on the gray side of silver. Both metals, however, can be mixed or coated with other metals to appear darker or lighter in color and to give them an even brighter sheen.
Naturally, titanium has a unique look that is modern and masculine, which is loved by many, but not suitable for everyone. Platinum, on the other hand, is much more widely appealing and generic in style.
Aside from color, the look of an engagement ring created with titanium vs platinum could be noticeable. Due to its toughness, titanium isn’t well suited for fancy engagement ring settings like the ones you may see when shopping for platinum engagement rings. Platinum, albeit still tough, is more workable and thus better suited for fancy designs. If an intricate design or the inclusion of many gemstones is important to you, you may be better off with a platinum engagement ring.
One of the largest differences between titanium and platinum is how rare, or not, each metal is. While titanium is one of the most abundant metals found on the earth’s surface, platinum is quite rare. This rarity makes platinum extremely valuable. That value, in turn, deems it more worthy of a wedding band for some people. However, just because one is more valuable than the other, doesn’t mean it’s the right choice, especially not for everyone.
When it comes to durability, it’s a real face-off between platinum and titanium.
Platinum is incredibly resistant to wear and tear. The metal is extremely strong and will both hold stones securely and be resistant to scratches. This durability promotes longevity and is what sets platinum apart from other metals.
Titanium is also incredibly strong, durable, and scratch-resistant. In fact, it’s even more resistant to everyday wear and tear than platinum. However, due to its strength, it cannot be resized, so while it will last forever if your fingers never change in size, it will need to be replaced if your ring finger size fluctuates.
If you aren’t sold on platinum or titanium, tungsten is another incredibly durable option for a wedding band. In fact, it’s the strongest metal available and won’t scratch or tarnish, but similar to titanium, cannot be resized at a later date.
Another major difference in the titanium vs platinum debate and a key consideration for almost everyone is the cost.
Due to its rarity, as well as its other beneficial features such as durability and sheen, platinum is the most expensive metal to choose for your engagement ring or wedding band. Titanium, on the other hand, is incredibly abundant and thus much more affordable than platinum but still boasts the same great durability and incredible sheen.
If you love the look of platinum, but not the price tag, you may want to strongly consider a titanium wedding band. A palladium band is another option that is far more affordable than platinum. It features the same color and shine as platinum, but is a bit less durable and more prone to scratching.
When you plan to wear something forever, how much upkeep it requires is important to consider. Thankfully, unlike other metals such as sterling silver, which requires careful and constant maintenance, both titanium and platinum require little maintenance. Titanium will look as good on day 5000 of wear as it did on day 1 and needs no extra maintenance to do so. Platinum only needs slightly more care, but with a little regular polishing, will also easily look good as new years down the line. The shine and color of either metal will truly last a lifetime, which means your band will remain positively flawless.
Which Is Better? Titanium or Platinum?
Titanium vs. Platinum. Only you can decide who wins.
While we wish we could give you a straight answer, the metal you choose for your wedding band or engagement ring is completely up to you. Both titanium and platinum will offer the strength necessary to withstand a lifetime of wear as well as a beautiful sheen that never fades. Which one you choose is really dependent on your personal taste, lifestyle, and budget, with budget perhaps being the key determining factor.
If you are looking for a simple band that won’t break—or break the bank—a titanium band is a wonderful option. If, however, you desire a fancier setting and are willing to spend more for the heirloom quality, a platinum band could be perfect for you.
Browse our selection of platinum engagement rings, platinum wedding bands, and titanium wedding bands to find a style that speaks to you.
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