Titanium jewelry has long been touted as an inexpensive alternative to precious metals; a position that, while positive, has also lead to some not-so-positive connotations. Though it shines like any gold or silver, titanium’s humble beginnings have painted it as a bit of a pariah in the fashion world.

However, the tides are changing.

No longer is titanium just the smart choice for budgeting brides and grooms, but a must-have accessory for those with an acute taste for couture. With design gurus like Glenn Spiro and Ileana Makri, as well as various luxury jewelers embracing the durable metal, titanium is finding its way into high-fashion circles and out onto the runway.

So what makes titanium so exciting? Simply put – its versatility.

In a previous article, we discussed three different finishes for titanium rings – polished, brushed, and sandblasted. Yet the versatility of titanium rings doesn’t end there. Though it can be difficult to manipulate, the strength of the metal and its lightweight nature make titanium ripe for a multitude of diverse and distinctive designs. From thick bands, to intricate twists and bright colors, titanium can be a jewelry makers’ wonderland.

So, to help you navigate (and find that ideal ring!), we’ve compiled a list of some of the basic styles and finishes.

Frosted: This finish has a bit of everything, appearing different depending on the time of day and light that you’re in. The disparate texture on the ring will sparkle in bright sunlight, yet appear muted in faint light. This finish is also exceptionally durable, which makes it a must-have for the everyday adventurer.
Hammered/Textured: The title of this finish says it all. Using a hammer or similar instrument, the titanium is dimpled. This leaves the ring with an uneven texture that shines. However, you can also apply a satin or matte finish to complete the look.
Oxidized: For those that like the look of antique jewelry, an oxidized finish is the way to go. Though many colors can be achieved through this process, the most common is a dark, aged gray. Using a brush, this finish can also be applied to select parts of a piece.

And for the non-traditionalists:

Anodized: Like oxidizing, anodizing changes the color of titanium, casting the metal in bright blues, oranges, and reds. This finish is achieved by placing the metal into an electrically charged bath. Jewelers can then change the color of the rings by applying different amounts of electricity. That’s it!
Mokume Gane: This is a traditional Japanese metalworking method that creates a wood-grain texture by fusing different metal layers together.

Try looking into crafting your own custom titanium ring today!