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Contemporary Metal Bands: Trending and Here to Stay

A man’s band tells a very personal story. Whether it is worn to mark an occasion like marriage or to make a fashion statement, a band tells you a little something about his life.

That is why the metal used to make a band is so important. Gentlemen, does your band say that your love is as strong as the mightiest metal on earth? Is it as unique as your personal style? Give some thought to your options and explore metal choices you might not have thought about before.

In a previous blog post, we covered classic bands made of the precious metals you’ve come to expect. Now, let’s take a look at contemporary metals and how they make a solid foundation for a band for both aesthetic and functional reasons.

Precious Metal vs. Contemporary Metal

Choosing a metal has everything to do with how you view the ring and what you value most in a ring. Are you interested in a rare and valuable piece? Do you prefer a piece that is durable and can handle any condition? Knowing the answer to these questions will make it a lot easier to narrow down the options for the type of metal you’d like to use.

Precious metals, such as gold, sterling silver, platinum, and palladium, are more rare than other metals so they tend to cost more and hold value better over time. As softer metals, they are easier to work with and customize though more prone to scratching and damages.

Contemporary metals, such as tantalum, tungsten, titanium, and cobalt, are starting to see more use as individuals look for alternatives to the traditional, precious bands. Contemporary metals offer many benefits. They are durable, extremely easy to maintain over time, and are available in a wide range of experimental styles and colors.

A Closer Look at Contemporary Metals

Let’s take a look at what each metal brings to the table.

Tantalum is the newest addition to our contemporary metal offerings. It is a fairly heavy, hard, and strong metal, which makes it durable and resistant to cracking. What sets this metal apart from the others in this series is that custom finishes can be added to tantalum bands. This metal is quickly increasing in popularity and is sure to be a fast seller.

Tantalum band

Tungsten has historically been a best seller. As one of the heaviest contemporary metals and one of the most durable metals known to man, tungsten earns its name from an older Swedish term meaning “heavy stone.” Enjoy in a variety of colors and styles fitting for those with modern tastes.

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Titanium is the perfect metal for someone looking for a strong metal that is still lightweight. Not only is titanium a good choice in a strong metal, but it is also one of the most affordable options offered.

titanium bands

Cobalt is an extremely strong metal with a high scratch resistance and is five times harder than gold. It is an excellent choice for someone looking for a metal that can shine in both classic and contemporary stylings.

Cobalt band

Stainless Steel is a very resilient metal and is resistant to any form of corrosion. Bands made of this stainless steel are quite affordable and require very little upkeep.

Your Future is Contemporary Metal

Rings are commemorative symbols. They symbolize power, love, commitment, status, achievement, and so much more. The stories they tell share a lot about a person so give extra thought to what your ring says about you.


For more resources about how to help men discover contemporary metal bands and current stylings, check out more blog posts by Stuller.

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Wedding Bands: Don’t Forget the Guys

We live in a time of social change and “new normals.” But let’s face it, in the bridal world, it seems women get all the love and glamour — the gorgeous engagement ring and often, an equally exquisite, anniversary or eternity wedding band. And the groom? His wedding band is often an afterthought, frequently bought in a rush, shortly before the wedding.

Wait a second: he’s getting married, too. Let’s show him some of the same attention we show to the bride. Men’s engagement rings, or “man-gagements” as some call them, have become increasingly popular among younger couples. It only makes sense for us to offer an expanded assortment of men’s wedding bands so that you can maximize every sales opportunity.

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Classics with Personality

The first stop is Classic Bands because they are our most sought-after rings. Stuller leads the industry with over 33 classic profiles. It’s important to note that classic does not equal plain. Let’s call them Classics with Personality — specifically, the groom’s personality (though brides may also choose them). You can modify any one of our classics by changing the fit, design detail, metal quality and/or color, millimeter width, ring size, finish and/or adding an engraving. When you factor in all of these options, you can choose from over a million possibilities!

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Enter the Band Builder

Our Wedding Band Builder is a top-notch sales tool that provides an unbeatable interactive customer experience. As you work with clients to create a personalized piece the band builder updates the CAD in real time. Your clients will see their custom creation come to life. Take it for a spin and let us know how you like it!

Wedding Band Builder

Metals, Metals, and More Metals

When it comes to metal quality, Stuller gives you many choices. Some classic band styles let you choose from up to 17 metal qualities, and most offer you a selection of 13. Not sure where to begin? Here is a little information on our top-selling precious metals to get you started.

  • 14K white, yellow, rose, x1 white: By far the most popular karat weight, 14K white requires rhodium plating while 14Kx1 white is a bright white metal that doesn’t need rhodium plating.
  • Platinum: This natural white metal is hypoallergenic, never requires rhodium plating, and its density and durability make it an excellent choice for securing diamond and gemstone settings.
  • 24K and 22K are available in Half Round comfort-fit, standard weight. Not all our partners realize they can offer customers this option. Expensive? Yes. Gorgeous? Absolutely!

When it comes to our classic bands, each metal offers unique benefits, so it’s genuinely a matter of taste and budget.

Classic Wedding Bands

Recycled Metals

Not only do we have a large assortment of classic wedding bands. We manufacture all of our classic bands at our Lafayette, Louisiana, headquarters and manufacturing facility, using SCS-certified 100% recycled metals. Our classic bands are machined with precision using state-of-the-art technology. From start to finish, it’s an intensive process led by industry experts. Our team takes pride in creating classics with personality and unmatched quality that your customers will have and hold forever.


Want to learn more about men’s wedding bands? Get inspired by a couple of our previous blogs.

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