Caring for your alternative metal wedding rings.

How to take care of your Titanium, Zirconium or Cobalt Chrome Wedding Ring
 
Titanium, zirconium, and cobalt chrome are three materials that are well suited for wedding ring design and construction. Each material is unique and beautiful in its own right, and as such, each must be cared for and cleaned in a different way. The most important aspects in caring for your jewelry is cleaning, storing, and general care. 

Titanium 

Titanium is a beautiful metal and a wonderful choice for a uniquely exquisite engagement or wedding ring. Over time, this metal, as any other, can become susceptible to scratches and marks.

Cleaning: Do not scrub your titanium ring with anything abrasive. A good method of cleaning is to rinse the ring in water with dish soap then spray with Windex or a similar spray, rinse in warm water and dry with a soft towel. 

Zirconium 

Zirconium is a metal created by purifying zircon with chlorine. The resulting metal is similar to titanium. It is extremely durable and can stand up to a good amount of wear and tear, however, the surface will pick up scratches in the same way that titanium does. At first, scratches will be noticeable, but over time they smooth out into a patina. 

Cleaning: The best way to clean zirconium is simply with soapy water and a soft brush.  Dry with a soft cloth.

Cobalt Chrome 

Cobalt chrome is the superstar of metals in that it is extremely hard to damage and literally chip-resistant, so this material is great for those who lead active lifestyles. However, care should still be taken to ensure the ring lasts well into the future. 

Cleaning: The best way to clean Cobalt Chrome is simply with soapy water and a soft brush.  Dry with a soft cloth.



Storing and General Care for all rings:
Storing: The best way to store any jewelry is in tarnish-resistant plastic bag or to wrap your ring in something soft, like a microfiber cloth.  Never let rings touch or clank with each other. 

General Care: When exercising, gardening, swimming, going to the beach, or playing sports, it is best not to wear your jewelry ring. Avoiding contact with harsh materials, chemicals and rough handling is the best way to preserve your jewelry. 
 

Mary Comerford