You Ask: “Help, I Think I’m Allergic to Titanium!”
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You Ask: “Help, I Think I’m Allergic to Titanium!”

It’s been one blissful month since your wedding day, but an ugly red ring of irritated skin has appeared beneath the band of your titanium ring. The condition appears to improve when you remove the ring for a few days. A quick search online turns up information about wedding rings and nickel allergies, so you assume you must be allergic to titanium... Wait, put that ring back on! We’ve got good news- Our titanium rings are made of Commercially Pure (CP) Grade 2 titanium. CP Grade 2 is 98.99% pure, unalloyed titanium. It is hypoallergenic and will not irritate or discolor your skin, making our titanium rings perfect for those with sensitive skin. About 10% of the population is allergic to nickel, often found in gold and white gold. Contact with nickel or its compounds often results in "nickel itch”, an allergic dermatitis condition. Our titanium rings do not contain any nickel, and are 100% hypoallergenic!So, what caused my rash? (Image: medicinenet.com) “Wedding ring rash” is a fairly common skin rash that occurs beneath the band of a ring. It may appear as red, dry, or itching skin around the base of the ring finger. Individuals with a history of sensitive skin, eczema, or allergies can be more prone to this type of rash. The culprit? Soap and water trapped under the ring for prolonged periods of time. Wearing a ring on the same finger every day gives little to no room for the skin beneath to air out. When you wash your hands, soap particles can become trapped under the band, causing irritation. How can I prevent it from happening again? Wedding ring rash is easily treatable and will likely improve by minimizing any moisture between your ring and finger. Simply remove the ring during hand washing and then dry the ring and the finger before slipping it back. If it is possible, rotating the ring to a different finger can be also be helpful in preventing irritation.  Give your finger a rest for a couple of days by keeping your rings in one of our Ring Boxes on your dresser.  You can also add Band Balm to your wood inlay during this time of rest.  Why not?  Hey, your ring could use some and R&R too! Wear your titanium wedding ring worry-free-- just be sure to give your hands a little TLC!   Read more of our tips on Titanium Wedding Band Care here. _______________________________________________________________ All of our titanium rings are handcrafted in Boston, MA and come with lifetime care options to keep your rings protected and looking beautiful. Put the love in your ring and ring in your love at Minter & Richter Designs.
“Love In Your Ring” Wizard Makes Customizing Your Titanium Ring Online Easy!
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“Love In Your Ring” Wizard Makes Customizing Your Titanium Ring Online Easy!

Above the lathe in our machining shop, digital green numbers count upwards, letting Scott measure the exact cut to size and shape a titanium wedding ring. But long before this ring took form from a single billet of titanium, it was constructed in the customer’s imagination. With the  Love In Your Ring Wizard it’s never been easier to add personal style to your titanium ring. Our newly launched website is designed to put your imagination first! Using our exclusive Love In Your Ring Wizard, available during the checkout process for all non-sale rings, you can:   Change the exterior finish - satin, mirror, sandblasted, vertical stroke, glass bead blasted. Add an interior color - pink, green, blue, bronze Select the edge treatment that appeals to you - rounded, flat, domed, pinstriped Add engraved text or even an engraved design   We believe that each titanium wedding ring should be unique as the love story behind it. Try out our Love In Your Ring Wizard for yourself today! Check out what our customers are saying about their customized titanium wedding rings here. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest where we post new pictures of our customers’ creations daily! _______________________________________________________________ All of our titanium rings are handcrafted in Boston, MA and come with lifetime care options to keep your rings protected and looking beautiful. Put the love in your ring and ring in your love at  www.MinterandRichterDesigns.com.
YOU ASK: Can Titanium Be Engraved?
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YOU ASK: Can Titanium Be Engraved?

Can Titanium Be Engraved? The answer is an emphatic "YES"! Personalized engraving can add life and soul to your titanium wedding bands.Whether it is a romantic sentiment, personal joke, or date, engraving adds a special touch that can remind each partner of their unique bond with the other. There are many ring engraving ideas for couples to explore as they consider what sort of engraving would be most meaningful for them. Engraving is the process of carving words or symbols into the interior of a titanium wedding band for a personal keepsake. Modern engraving techniques include lasers and digitalized equipment that can create detailed, complex fonts and images. Engraving is the last thing to be done after titanium wedding bands have been appropriately sized and anodized with color, as any sizing/coloring adjustments would distort or damage the engraving. Engraving costs can vary depending on the length and complexity of the phrase, the tools required, the delicacy of the ring, and the type of metal to be engraved.     Ring Engraving Ideas: ROMANTIC Titanium wedding bands with romantic engravings are the most popular choice for soon-to-be- newlyweds. Romantic choices often serve as a reminder of the wedding vows, reference the length of the desired marital commitment, or simply convey the love of the relationship:   “Together Forever" “Happily Ever After” “I Do” "Love, Honor, Cherish" “From This Day Forward” “My True Love" “This Kiss” "Friends & Lovers" "My Wish Came True"   Ring Engraving Ideas: SENTIMENTAL Sentimental engraving choices often include romantic notions with personal attachments, such as the wedding date, a couple’s initials, or a special bible verse or quote. Often serious and solemn, a sentimental engraving on titanium wedding bands reflects the integrity of a couple’s commitment, the dates and symbols that give them special identity, or the higher ideals that they aim for:   "Love never ends" 1 Corinthians 13.13 "My beloved is mine and I am his/hers"  Song of Solomon 2:16 Date of Wedding Ceremony- 02.02.12 February 2, 2012 Combined initials or first names- BN + AG Bob & Anne   Ring Engraving Ideas: PLAYFUL Couples with a playful side may opt for humorous engravings referencing a shared personal joke or goofy nicknames:   "Best Catch Ever" "Heart Thief!" "Partners in Crime" "Skidamarinkydinkydink" “Old Man” “Taken” “Put It Back On” “Nonrefundable” Ring 1: Peas/Ring 2: Carrots Ring 1: To Infinity.../Ring 2: And Beyond! "It's Dangerous to go alone! Take this."   Ring Engraving Ideas: NERDY SELECT @WIFE = '________' SELECT @HUSBAND = '_________'   Ring Engraving Ideas:  UNIQUE Unique engravings often include a combination of symbols and letters. The infinity symbol and rune symbol speak of romance to some, while others may opt for expressing their love in French, Latin, or Chinese characters. Ogham is an early medieval alphabet popular with the Pagan crowd and those looking for something more offbeat:   French - Je T'adore  (I love you) Mon Cheri (My Love) Coeurs Qui S'aiment, nul Besoin de Paroles (Hearts in love need no words)   Gaelic - Ta Gra Agam Ort ( I love you)   Italian - Ti Amo (I love you)   Latin - Amor vincit omnia (Love Conquers All)   Chinese -         Ogham -         Working together to choose an engraving phrase can help both partners to feel connected by the words/symbols they have chosen to represent their commitment to one another. And whether the choice is romantic, silly, or offbeat, what is most important is that the engraving phrase be as timeless as the couples’ love for one another. Less romantic, but equally important is the reality of double checking the spelling and spacing of the engraving phrase before sending it off to the jeweler. The end result should be titanium wedding bands with the words that spark the heart and soul of your loving union. Remember, only titanium can be engraved, not the inlay materials.  So, rings like Lake Baikal can only be engraved on the exterior.  Rings like Beaten Copper can only be engraved on the interior.  And Rings like Brushed and Naked can be engraved anywhere at all. Interested in engraving? Start by selecting your ring and choose Text or Image Engraving during the Love in Your Ring Wizard process. 
Tips For Ring Sizing Without Your Partner's Knowing!
How to Get Your Partner’s Ring Size without Spoiling the Surprise!

Tips For Ring Sizing Without Your Partner's Knowing!

Titanium rings can symbolize the comfort and security of commitment; beforehand it’s all about getting carried away in the romance of surprise. But as much as we would like it to, the perfect fitting titanium ring doesn’t just materialize out of thin air. So how to tell ring size without your significant other knowing?   How To Tell Ring Size There are several options for those looking to secretly secure the correct ring sizing before the proposal, commitment ceremony, birthday or anniversary:   Sleeping Beauty By simply slipping a small length of string around your partner’s ring finger as they sleep, you can have an approximate measurement to bring to a local jeweler for a diameter size. However, if your partner is a light sleeper you may want to try one of the alternative options below for ring sizing.       Beg, Borrow, or Steal If your partner owns a ring that you know fits around their ring finger and wouldn’t necessarily notice if it went missing for a few hours, you could run to your local jeweler and have the ring measured. If you can’t slip out with the ring, make an impression of it in soap or clay, or trace the inside of the ring on paper for ring sizing.   Phone a Friend Call your partner’s mother, best friend, hairdresser or someone close to them who may just know their ring size.             Curiosity Killed the Cat Order a ring sizer and leave it lying around the house – tell them that you’re buying a ring for yourself. Inevitably they will be curious to use the sizer on themselves. For non-jewelry wearing males this may seem too fishy, so you could also plant the sizer at a friend’s house.                 Additionally, there are several helpful resources found online that can help make your life a little easier when ring sizing for titanium rings: International Ring Conversion Chart here.  Print a free ring sizer for your convenience here. Minter & Richter Custom Sizing Program. Avoid the hassle of going to a jeweler and enjoy the benefit of knowing you will get an accurate fit the first time around! How To Tell Ring Size - Width Matters! Keep in mind that the width of your titanium ring is going to factor into the ring sizing. While a standard band is usually around 6mm, anything wider than 7mm will fit more snugly, so you would want to adjust accordingly and go a quarter or half size up. When in doubt, consult a professional jeweler for ring sizing– they are often happy accomplices in the quest for the perfect titanium ring.  
YOU ASK: Can Titanium Rings Be Cut Off?
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YOU ASK: Can Titanium Rings Be Cut Off?

    While gold will cost you an arm and a leg, titanium won’t ever cost you a finger.          Titanium wedding bands have been typecast; the stepsister of gold and platinum, the vice grip unable to be removed in an emergency situation. Jewelry retail staff have gladly spread and affirmed these myths about titanium wedding bands as they aim customers toward pricier gold and platinum bands. They may tell you that your titanium ring could only be cut off by specific and expensive equipment not readily available in most hospitals and ER facilities. After all, greedy jewelers know that it’s not very romantic to think about losing one’s finger to the noose of its own wedding band.While it is true that titanium is tough, (the name derives from the ‘Titans’ of Greek mythology), titanium rings can be quickly and easily cut with a common ring cutter (standard equipment in hospitals). You can be assured that our titanium wedding bands are made out of commercially pure titanium grades which have all the advantages of corrosion resistance and durability without the indestructible “scary”-strength we associate with aerospace titanium alloys.With its strength of steel but weight comparable to that of aluminum, a titanium ring is actually one of the safest elements you can wear around your ring finger. Most people are unaware that titanium wedding rings are hypoallergenic, meaning that they do not contain nickel or cobalt, substances which those with sensitive skin often react to. Almost all gold rings use gold mixed with other metals to make it harder, and these impurities can cause allergic reactions in the wearer. Fourteen-karat gold is 58% pure versus 99% commercially pure titanium wedding rings. For those seeking to wear only the purest element,a titanium ring is a reliable and safe purchase. So take a second look at those titanium wedding bands. The titanium had to be cut to be formed into a ring, so there is no need to worry about safety, the titanium ring can be cut. The only thing to worry about is the dollar signs in some jeweler’s eyes. While gold will cost you an arm and a leg, titanium won’t ever cost you a finger.

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