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  1. Linda Havlik
    February 17, 2014

    I can see why young people want to be different than their parents by choosing another type of metal for their wedding rings, BUT this article gives convincing reasons to re-think that move. There is a reason people have gotten married with gold and platinum for so long.
    I didn’t realize that the alternative metals posed a hazard to a man’s fingers. Further reason to not wear harder alternate metals daily. Stay with the classics! Outstanding story Calla!

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    • Calla Gold
      February 17, 2014

      Hi Linda,
      Thanks for your perspective on why young people often look at these alternate metals.
      I like your advice to stick with the classics!
      Classic Jeweler,
      Calla Gold

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  2. Tracey D
    February 18, 2014

    I’m guessing a lot of guys would say, my finger will be fine or I’d pull it off before it swells. But that might not be possible.
    It was interesting to hear from that ER Dr. Not something that I think about usually. But certainly food for thought.
    I liked your story.
    T.

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  3. Nick Walker
    February 19, 2014

    Calla,
    I had no idea about the quality of titanium bands until now. Based on the facts you have provided, titanium is not the best choice and there are better alternatives for choosing a wedding band. Both style and quality should be observed when making a choice for a ring. I admire the use of the scenario you provided to really visualize and think about how titanium is not the best choice because it is a harder metal. Thanks so much for this information. Until now, I had no idea about the comparative metal quality of titanium bands compared to other metals such as gold, platinum, etc.
    I’m very pleased to read it now, before I need a wedding band! I’d go for the safety, I’d go for the gold!

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    • Calla Gold
      February 20, 2014

      Hello Nick,
      You are the person that I write these blog posts about alternate metals for. Someone who didn’t know the difference, but found the reason compelling enough to choose a fine metal. Someone who hasn’t yet gone shopping for a wedding band.
      Now I know when that time comes you’ll be educated about the pros (price) and cons (safety and versatility).
      Your Fine Metals Jeweler,
      Calla Gold

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  4. Linda Menesez
    February 20, 2014

    Another great post, Calla! As someone who has serious allergies, this caught my attention. Your story cleverly illustrated your point! I’ve had my wedding ring for a very long time, but if I hear of anyone considering alternative metals for a ring, this will definitely come to my mind.

    Linda

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    • Calla Gold
      February 20, 2014

      Linda,
      I’m sorry you’ve had to deal with allergies. My sweet client Dionne has allergies and loves jewelry. She rarely takes off her rings. One night she was spider bit. She doesn’t live too far from me, so I found myself one night sawing off two yellow gold rings at around midnight. She and I with our jammies on.
      She was happy to just get them off and take an anti-hystamine and go back to sleep. She now takes her rings off before bed. If one of them was titanium that would have been exceedingly bad news. No friendly neighborhood jeweler sawing it off. It’d be emergency room time and hope they had a motorized ring saw.
      Calla Gold

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  5. Francis Jansen
    February 24, 2014

    Gee, that is an interesting perspective as to the kind of metal to choose.
    I have always thought it somewhat dangerous for people that use their hands a lot with hard work etc, to wear a ring at all while doing dicey work. Knowing that gold rings can be sawed off and titanium is much harder is knowledge I’m pleased to know. Thanks Calla for the great article.

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    • Calla Gold
      February 24, 2014

      Hi Francis,
      Thank you for your comment. I had wondered how much harder it was to get off the harder metals and a jeweler suggested I watch that interview with the ER doctor video. I knew I had to blog about it then.
      Come by the blog again!
      Calla Gold

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  6. Patricia Schwartz
    February 24, 2014

    Calla,
    I absolutely agree with you when you say that this is not a situation you would like to be in. This situation sounds scary and painful. I’m still cringing at the thought of that happening to me or someone close. This post very perfectly illustrates why sticking with a traditional metal for a wedding ring is the safest and smartest way to go. Thank you for sharing this bit of information, I’ll be sure to pass it along.

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    • Calla Gold
      February 25, 2014

      Hello Patricia,
      I’m glad my little story illustrated my point about the dangers of titanium vs gold wedding bands. Do pass it along. I’ve learned more cool things from emails my friends have sent me and on my Facebook wall.
      Calla Gold

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  7. Jennifer Parks
    May 27, 2014

    Calla,
    We just went through a very similar scenario to the one you posted. My husband and I were camping and he went down a slide, catching his finger on the bolt at the top. As soon as he got to the bottom he was tryign to pull the gold ring off, to no avail. We had to drive a half our to the nearest hospital, it was not really a Podunk one, but somewhere in between 😉 Anyway they had two ring cutters and BOTH blades were dull. 1/2 hour after we got to the hospital the ring was still stuck on his finger. Finally there was a paramedic in the ER that got a new cutter of his unit and they got it off. 9 stitches later, we are good and on the road to a complete recovery, but I can’t imagine what would have happened if it took much longer to get it off. He had already lost feeling in the finger and the finger was cold from blood loss. I am currently looking for a safer ring for him. I don’t want to go through that again!

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    • Calla Gold
      May 27, 2014

      Dear Jennifer,
      Your story is a cautionary tale about how a harder metal band like titanium can cause huge problems when stuff happens. I’m so glad that your husband is OK. I can imagine how freaked out you must have been. Not to mention hugely distressed that the hospital had worn out ring cutters.
      I’d recommend a nice yellow or white gold ring. If you choose 18kt it is especially buttery and pretty easy to saw off. I do it all the time with my little hand held ring saw and I am not exactly super strong.
      I so appreciate you sharing your story. I plan to also share it at the end of my blog post:
      http://www.callagold.com/wedding-rings/titanium-vs-gold-for-wedding-bands/
      Sometimes someone else’s story just has more of an impact than anything I say.
      Thank you for taking the time to tell your tale Jennifer.
      Calla Gold

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      • Calla Gold
        May 27, 2014

        Jennifer,
        I meant I put it on the main post in case someone doesn’t check the comments.
        Calla Gold

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  8. Lawrence Cole
    May 10, 2015

    Dear Calla

    Firstly, I would like to point out to you that wasps usually don’t “bite” people, they sting. If a wasp were to bite you you would hardly feel it.

    Secondly, I work in a jewelry store that sells titanium rings along with gold, silver, tungsten and platinum. I am getting tired of explaining to customers that these spurious stories about titanium rings are just that: stories made up by jewellers to push their customers onto more expensive metals. Titanium is no more difficult to cut than steel, and all ERs are equipped to deal with it.

    For me, my first priority is giving the customer a ring that suits their lifestyle and that they will love for as long as they love their partner. I wish other jewellers felt the same.

    Lawrence

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    • Calla Gold
      May 12, 2015

      Hi Lawrence,
      You remind me of my husband and son. I’m the emotional one and they are the detailed and logical thinking ones. They can’t design jewelry, but boy can they correct me. So yes you are right about the bite vs sting thing. It mentally feels like a bite, but clearly it is not a bite but a sting.
      I do not make up stories to scare people out of buying tungsten and titanium. Your statement that titanium rings are no more difficult to cut than steel is a bit funny to me. I am comparing cutting alternate metals to noble metals like gold and platinum. I can cut off a ring with my manual ring saw. Little old me, just turning is with my fingers.
      Alternate metals need an electric rotary ring saw because they are harder metals. You need to go to the emergency room for that. I recently sawed a ring off an elderly woman with cancer. She was in not shape to go to an emergency room. I was able to gently and quickly remove her ring while chatting with her and her daughter.
      They were both so pleased that I was able to help them at her bedside.
      If someone’s lifestyle is such that alternate metals are their choice fine. But I want them to be aware that they can’t be sized and that it is a possible issue if your finger swells in the back of beyond.
      In most cases there is a well stocked emergency room around. Me, I’ll take my ring saw in my backpack thank you very much for my gold and my friend’s platinum.
      Stuff happens and it’s good to know what the metal you wear will behave like and the help you may need.
      You mention that you help your clients find the ring that suits their lifestyle and that they will love as long as they love their partner. Well if they love their partner for over twenty years, the chances are great that they won’t be able to wear the ring you helped them choose in titanium or tungsten. I’ve been a jeweler for 32 years and I have sized a lot of wedding rings. Your loving clients are going to probably have changes in their ring size over time. And since they can’t size their rings that they chose with you they’ll have to buy new rings. For the sentimental among us that is kind of sad.
      Just sayin.
      Thanks for sharing your viewpoint.
      Jeweler into gold and platinum,
      Calla Gold

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  9. Gregory Cottage
    August 26, 2015

    Wow, I mean, wow. Makes me even more grateful that my wife’s vintage wedding ring is made out of palladium.

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    • Calla Gold
      August 26, 2015

      Hi Gregory,
      Since palladium is in the platinum metals group, it was a great choice for your wife. It is removable with a hand cranked ring saw. Thanks for sharing your opinion.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

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