Cobalt Chromium, commonly known as Cobalt Chrome, has become a very popular alternative metal used by jewelers. It is especially popular for men's wedding bands as it serves as an affordable alternative to precious metals such as white gold and platinum. While Cobalt chrome isn't as well known as tungsten or titanium, the use of cobalt chrome wedding bands has greatly increased throughout the years. So, we figured we would outline all you need to know before you consider purchasing a cobalt ring.
What is Cobalt Chrome?
The name cobalt comes from the German word ‘kobald’ which means goblin ore. This name was given by German miners who were superstitious about mining cobalt ore.
In 1735, it was discovered that cobalt was a metal in its own right and was added to the periodic table of elements. Cobalt is a relatively rare element. It is an element that has been used in jewelry since ancient times.
Cobalt Chrome is similar to tungsten carbide due to the fact that both are alloys. Cobalt chrome alloys are made up of mostly cobalt and chromium. The chromium makes it extremely strong and durable while also being malleable enough to work with. While Cobalt rings aren't as scratch proof as tungsten rings, they are still highly scratch-resistant compared to other popular choices such as rose gold and titanium rings.
What makes cobalt jewelry particularly attractive is its beautiful luster. It has a white color similar to white gold and platinum while also having a heft similar to a precious metal. It is comparable to white gold but much more affordable. Aside from being used for cobalt wedding bands, cobalt chrome is widely utilized in the medical and dental industries. Cobalt chrome is hypoallergenic and its bio-compatibility makes it perfect for transplants.
Cobalt rings come in fairly standard designs. Cobalt polishes extremely well and can be offered in a variety of finishes and styles. It's malleable properties allow for a lot of customization. At Patrick Adair Designs, you can create your own Cobalt Chrome Glowstone Custom Ring. You can customize the inlay to your liking with an assortment of colors, gemstones, and metals.
Do Cobalt Chrome Rings Oxidize?
Cobalt Chrome is hypoallergenic and will not oxidize over time. If you happen to have an allergy or sensitivity to metals, a cobalt wedding ring would make for a great choice! There are some cases in the jewelry industry where cobalt alloys contain nickel, however, the majority of cobalt chrome is hypoallergenic. Patrick Adair Designs uses a cobalt chrome alloy that is completely nickel free and hypoallergenic.
In addition to this, Cobalt Chrome rings are very low maintenance. They are easy to clean and take care of. It's scratch-resistance and durability make it great for an every day ring. This metal is highly suited for those who use their hands a lot or live an active lifestyle.
Can a Cobalt Chrome Ring Be Resized?
Yes, you can resize cobalt, which is unlike other metals such as tungsten. If your finger gets too large or small for the ring, you can take it to the jeweler for them to resize it. You can do the same if you want to hand it down to someone in the family if the ring has sentimental value. Patrick Adair Designs offers size exchanges for their Cobalt Chrome rings.
Why Choose Cobalt Chrome?
Why should you choose cobalt chrome for your wedding band? Here are the many pros to Cobalt chrome wedding bands:
- High scratch resistance
- More durable than precious metals such as platinum and gold
- Similar luster/color as other precious metals but much more affordable
- Hypoallergenic and tarnish-free
- In the event of an emergency, Cobalt Chrome rings can be cut off by medical professionals.
- Pleasant lightweight feel
- Extremely customizable
- Can be resized
In conclusion, there is a lot to like about cobalt chrome. Cobalt chrome makes for a good alternative if you want something cheaper that will still last a lifetime. We hope the information provided will help you decide whether or not cobalt chrome is perfect for you.
Shop for Cobalt Chrome Wedding Rings
Ready to start shopping for the perfect Cobalt Chrome ring? Browse our Cobalt Chrome collection here. Every Patrick Adair Designs cobalt chrome ring comes standard in a comfort fit.