April 24, 2010

Alternative Metals: One Jeweler’s Opinion

Posted in engagement, jeweler, jewelry, rings, rose diamonds tagged , , , at 5:55 pm by rosediamonds

I was just flipping through the latest issue of an industry trade magazine, and there were countless adds for “alternative metals” bands.  By alternative metals, I’m referring to stainless, tungsten, and titanium.  It is mainly targeted at men for wedding bands and “contemporary” jewelry.

My opinion was formed on this when the alternative metals first emerged.  I’m not a fan.

Why?  My main argument is that they can not be sized or adjusted.  Most people gain weight and lose weight over their lifetime.  The symbolism of the wedding band being never-ending and lasting forever (like your love) is disregarded when the band has to be replaced in a couple years.  The permanence is gone.

Now, this doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for them in the industry.  The alternative metals market has filled the design chasm that has existed in men’s jewelry since the seventies.  Jewelry designers have long ignored the men’s department in favor of designing for women.  The great modern designs are able to be mass produced and “test marketed” in a less expensive way.

I consider the alternative market of jewelry to be glorified costume jewelry.  Fun, but not permanent.  When investing in your “forever” symbol of your personal romance, I think it makes sense to invest in something that can compromise with you (just like your relationship).



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  2. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now. Keep it up!
    And according to this article, I totally agree with your opinion, but only this time! 🙂

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