Only recently did Cobalt Chrome (as it’s sometimes referred to) find its way onto the wedding band circuit. It has some fascinating roots in ancient history, which are associated with royalty. We think a cobalt wedding band is a regal choice for the crafting of unique bands for men. Below are a few of our favorites!
Unique Cobalt Wedding Bands
Silver Bands – Of course by “silver” we’re speaking about the ring’s color. Since cobalt chrome is a chameleon, it can adapt in color depending on plating, and it plays well with other metals. This gives you the advantage of more style options.
1. Steampunk Blue Carbon Fiber Inlay Band
by Etsy: OhmsJewelry
The steampunk inlay on this handcrafted cobalt wedding band and its subtle blue accents make this a particularly eye-catching ring. With free, custom engraving, you can make it personal, and even more unique.
2. Cobalt & Gibeon Meteorite Ring
by Etsy: RevolutionJewel
This ring looks every bit as powerful as it sounds, and its raw masculinity can’t be ignored. It’s super sturdy handcrafted cobalt chrome finish is accented with an inlay of Gibeon meteorite, making this ring even more unique.
Check out our post if you are interested in learning a little more about meteorite wedding bands.
3. Cobalt & Diamond Men’s Wedding Band
by Etsy: JRYATES
If you like a little more bling on your ring, you’ll love this band. Three brilliant diamonds shine from the inlay on the cobalt chrome band and the effect is stunning.
4. Mens Criss Cross Cobalt Wedding Band
The criss-cross pattern on this cobalt chrome ring is so interesting. When we saw examples of what it looks like worn, we had to include it here. Cobalt has many fantastic features (more on that later, too), and one of them is its affordability. This unique ring is perfect if you’re on a budget, but it still looks like a million bucks.
Cobalt is perfectly at home hanging out with gold. The look is certainly classic, and it’ll probably never really go out of style. Choosing a gold-plated cobalt band is a good option if you want the strength and durability of cobalt, but the traditional shine of a gold ring.
5. Celtic Design Yellow Gold Cobalt Ring
We think the Celtic design on this cool ring makes it particularly special. Plus, the yellow-gold plated brushed cobalt finish practically glows from within.
6. Cobalt & 14K Rose Gold Wedding Band
The satin-brushed, hand-finished design of this wedding band showcases that cobalt shin. The off-center rose-gold inlay and black antiqued grooves definitely makes it unique, yet still minimalist.
7. Cobalt Band with 14K Yellow Gold Stripes
Although it comes in a few finishes, the black and gold design of this ring really jumped out at us. Black is so fashionable these days, and we thought the duo of black and gold was a really bold choice without coming across as too much.
Themes Are The New Black – We think it’s particularly cool that there are cobalt rings that reflect personal tastes and lifestyles of all kinds within the actual design. We’ve listed a few here that may be of interest to the not-so-average Joe.
Enter the themed band.
8. Cobalt Tree Engraving Wedding Band
by Etsy: CelticGirlJewelry
Are you an outdoor sportsman? Whether you’re of the Bear Grylls variety, or just like to get out for a hike now and then, there’s a ring for that.
9. Cobalt Wedding Bands – Sports Themed
by Etsy: VOWRINGS
How about a sports aficionado? Depending on your preferences, you can find so many different themes specific to your game, and many of them sport that cobalt chrome durability.
How to Choose Your Cobalt Ring
Choosing a wedding band is no small matter. Obviously, it’ll be on your finger forever. So finding something you’ll love to look at every day is a must. However, that’s not the only thing to consider when selecting a ring. When looking at cobalt chrome rings, consider:
Size And Width
Buying a correctly-sized ring is extremely important. Many guys make the mistake of taking a wild guess instead of actually getting their ring sized. Go to a jeweler and get properly sized for your ring.
Also, just because wider bands are marketed as “manlier” doesn’t mean you have to subscribe to that noise. Choose a width that’s most comfortable for the size and shape of your hand, not some hairy-knuckled hand model.
Fit and Shape
It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that men’s wedding bands come in plenty of different shapes, and what you choose will have an impact on how that ring feels on your finger all day every day.
The “fit” of a ring is how it is shaped on the inside of the ring against your finger, and usually comes in rounded, comfort fit and standard. Standard fit rings lie flat against your finger, and comfort fit rings are rounded on the inside. What you choose is simply a matter of your hand and what it likes.
Most rings available come in domed and flat shapes of varying degrees. Domed shapes are just what they sound like, raised and rounded on the outside while flat rings flat. Easy peasy.
Keep in mind, regardless of whether you choose a high-domed ring or flattest flat, any shape can come in either comfort fit or standard shapes.
A Day In The Life
Your job and lifestyle matters when it comes to choosing the right ring for you. We have to say, upon looking into it, we found that cobalt can take just about anything you throw at it.
It’s super strong and scratch-resistant and won’t dent like “precious metal” rings. It doesn’t rust or tarnish like some other materials, either so if you’re in and out of the water, or if you just sweat a lot, no problem. Also, it’s lightweight, so you don’t have to worry about a clunky, heavy ring getting in your way.
Cobalt has so much going for it:
- It’s Beautiful
- Super Durable
- Low Maintenance
- … and Affordable!
There are some things that may cause you to look elsewhere while shopping for a wedding band depending upon your preferences.
- Cobalt has a tendency to be less valuable from a liquidation standpoint because it’s not a precious metal.
- It’s hard to resize
- While not impossible to engrave, it’s not that easy either.
Cobalt Closing Time
Cobalt’s ancient history traces back to the bronze age. The ancient Persians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Chinese dynasties all used Cobalt to adorn their royal dwellings.
In addition to its ancient royal heritage, here in the 21st century there are a ton of reasons to consider cobalt your alloy of choice when it comes to a wedding band. It’s versatility, durability, and accessible shine make it pretty darn close to the most utilitarian wedding band ever. Who knows, centuries from now, yours may end up in the annals of history.
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