In the very near future, we shall purchase my wedding band.
I swung by Romm last night, the jeweler from which we purchased Cody’s engagement and wedding bands, and had a look at their selection of men’s wedding bands. Platinum, tungsten, titanium, and cobalt are all the rage. That suits me fine, since they are all far more interesting to me than the traditional offerings of gold and silver. I doubt it comes as much of a surprise that doing things the “traditional” way usually bores me. This is part of why it’s been so difficult to find attire for my groomsmen and myself.
At first, I had the notion of doing a tungsten ring. Tungsten is chemically notable for having the highest melting point of any stable metal (they use it as the filament in incandescent light bulbs for this reason). Materials with useful application are cool. Detractor: it’s heavy. On the flip side, titanium is used in air and spacecraft manufacture because it’s strong and light. Detractor: it’s alarmingly light — so much so, that I would fret about losing the band and not noticing.
Then they showed me a cobalt ring. Aha, now this was interesting. Looking essentially no different from the other three metals, cobalt struck the right balance of wear-resistance and weight. It’s also hypo-allergenic, which is a plus for me; though am not 100% certain, I suspect that I may have a nickel allergy or something similar. The particular cobalt ring that caught my eye also has a totally badass carbon-fiber inlay that lends it a holographic effect when it moves. I’m reasonably sure that this is the ring I want to get.
Cody and I will be heading there tomorrow to nail down those details.