The hammered wedding band has a style reminiscent of the original handcrafted wedding ring - painstakingly created next to a blazing fire with the heavy clanging of metal on metal echoing far into the deep night.
Today, hammered wedding rings are still made with age old gold and silver metals plus new and highly durable ring metals too. Find out more about these very unique wedding rings here including pros and cons plus extra shopping tips - and if you have any questions about hammered wedding bands below, just use our comment box at the end of the page to send in your questions!
Hammered Wedding Band Styles
Hammered wedding rings are available in an almost limitless selection of styles from artisan silver hand-hammered rings to contemporary edgy titanium hammered bands. Here is what you can expect from the many different types of metals which can be used to create hammered rings:
Tungsten, titanium and cobalt chrome are by far the most durable of the wedding ring metals available in hammered styles. Tungsten, titanium and cobalt chrome rings are all hypoallergenic and highly resistant to scratches, tarnish and corrosion. The differences between the three?
Platinum and palladium hammered rings are made with luxury wedding band metals and are usually crafted with superior workmanship. While platinum and palladium are not as durable as tungsten, titanium and cobalt chrome, rings made with these precious metals wear very well with time.
Silver and gold are still the top metals which are used to craft hand-hammered rings because they are extremely soft and malleable.
Gold is stronger than silver, and silver hammered wedding rings will need to be treated with a little TLC to remain in great condition for years to come. Fortunately, scratches can easily be buffed out of silver and gold rings, and dents in these metals may often be repaired.
of price, platinum hammered rings are usually the most expensive
followed by gold, palladium, silver and then the three contemporary
metals (tungsten, titanium and cobalt chrome). Sometimes, it is also
possible to find hammered bands made with stainless steel - and these
extremely durable rings are quite affordable too.
Pros and Cons of the Hammered Wedding Ring Style
While hammered wedding rings are available in a huge selection of styles, they are still quite unique. Because different types of metals can be used to craft hammered rings, couples can also choose rings to fit large to small budgets.
Hammered patterns have no impact on the durability of the rings - and one of the big pros about the hammered style is that it can hide small scratches and dents. If your wedding ring will be exposed to heavy wear and tear, the hammered ring style may be the perfect style for camouflaging heavy wear.
rings are also very comfortable - the hammered feature is only on the
outside of the rings and many rings in this style come with a rounded
'comfort fit' design on the inside of the bands.
The only real con associated with hammered wedding rings is that some styles cannot be resized. Extensive repairs may also be expensive or difficult to achieve.
Shopping Tips for Hammered Wedding Rings
With so many styles to choose from, it might help to pick a wedding ring metal first and then choose a hammered band in the metal of your choice.
Because some hammered rings may not be resizable, be sure to take ring size measurements at least twice - a few weeks apart. If you are ordering your ring online, check to see if the company offers exchanges just in case the ring does not fit (and of course, make sure any retailer you are dealing with offers at least a 30-day refund).
For a truly unique one-of-a-kind ring, it is possible to design a hammered wedding band through a jewelry artisan. This is also a terrific option for a matching set of hammered rings. Brilliant Earth offers a fantastic online custom design wedding ring option for couples who would like to design their own hammered rings - and with this option couples can work with BE's experienced jewelry designers to bring a unique concept into a beautiful reality.
With diamond hammered engagement rings and wedding bands, make sure the setting is 100% secure.
Make sure the diamonds included on rings - no matter how small - are certified by one of the top diamond grading laboratories, like the GIA, AGS, EGL or IGI.
Gemstone and diamond settings should not be made with silver (platinum is best), and any settings on a hammered ring needs to be on solid smooth metal - not on the hammered portion.
Remember that hammered white gold rings are always rhodium plated, and the rhodium plate will need to be re-applied about once a year. The hammered designs though have no effect on the price or application of additional rhodium plate.
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