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Keeping the Love Alive: Titanium Wedding Band Care
When it comes to wedding bands, titanium is one of the strongest and longest-lasting metals around. But like any good marriage, a titanium wedding band will need love and care to keep it shining as bright as the day it was put around your finger. Your level of activity and wearing habits will dictate when and how often your ring may need to be cleaned or polished. The finish treatment, color, and inlay material of your ring will determine which method you should use. If you prefer to leave ring care in the hands of the professionals, consider our Lifetime Care Options. Our custom blend, organic Band Balm is suitable for all ring types and is especially recommended for keeping wooden wedding rings polished and protected. How To Clean Wedding Rings - Titanium Cleaning Titanium: It is likely that you already have on hand the common household cleaning materials needed to clean your titanium wedding band. Liquid dish soap can remove any dirt and grease build up, and an ammonia glass cleaner can be used for shine. Wash and dry your titanium wedding band with a soft towel or lint-free cloth. Polishing Titanium: Apply Band Balm to your titanium wedding band with a Q-tip or lint-free cloth. Use a damp cloth to remove any excess balm residue. For titanium wedding bands with a satin or brushed finish, use a fine nylon pad (available at most auto care stores) to restore the soft look of the finish. Avoid scrubbing any surface of the titanium wedding band that has anodized color, as it will take the color right off. How To Clean Wedding Rings - Wood Cleaning Rings with Wood Inlays: A wooden wedding ring can be cleaned using a damp cloth and vegetable or mineral oil. Applying Band Balm will offer added protection to your wooden wedding rings. Band Balm should be applied across the entire surface of the ring with a Q-tip or lint-free cloth. If your ring has wood on the interior, Band Balm should be applied more often and you should avoid prolonged exposure of the ring to water. How to Clean Wedding Rings- Anodized Titanium Cleaning Anodized Rings: Skin oils, soap residue, and other contaminants leave a film that can cause the anodized coloring on your titanium wedding ring to look dull. Revive your titanium wedding ring by soaking it in glass cleaner for 3 minutes, then rinsing in warm water before allowing to air dry. Repeat the cleaning process if necessary. Remember never to wash anodized titanium wedding rings with cleaners containing abrasives. A Note about New Rings: Don't be alarmed if your new ring accumulates surface scratches and scuffs from everyday wear. These can appear particularly evident on a freshly polished ring, but over time the ring will develop a natural, even, satin patina over its entire surface. Lifetime Care Options: Give your titanium wedding ring some extra TLC with our Gold, or Titanium Lifetime Care Options. Let us professionally buff, clean, and polish your ring in our shop. If it needs a color touch-up, we will re-anodize it to be as bright as the day you got it! __________________________________________________________________________ All 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.
Design Your Own Ring
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.
Gotcha Concrete Ring Being in love beckons us to be spontaneous. Some of us are perfectly fine with getting traditional wedding rings, but a growing number of couples are opting for unique rings to exchange vows with their significant other. Many of our happy couples come to us excitedly seeking our concrete and titanium wedding bands. Truth Concrete Rings Wedding rings are used to signify a solid commitment to someone you love. Concrete is a fitting material that we love making our custom titanium rings with, here at Minter & Richter Designs. Our in-house, concrete specialist, Elisavet, can customize your concrete wedding band with personal material. Concrete takes to a variety of colors, from black, red, blue, and many other dyes. Night Sky Concrete Rings Whatever your decision, we hope you love it! For more ideas about concrete and titanium styles, check out our Concrete Collection.
Before the bubbles disappear from the champagne toast to your engagement, it may seem like everyone from your future mother-in-law to your Aunt Edna is on hand to proffer their vision of your ideal wedding. While you may have to explain (more than once), your choice to hold your wedding at a zoo or why your bridesmaids will wear ties, your choice to exchange Titanium Wedding Bands can answer for itself. Your Aunt says: A Titanium Ring isn't very traditional, now is it? Because the widespread use of titanium for jewelry has only taken off in the last two decades, some people may consider titanium wedding rings rather non-traditional. But what could be more traditional than a Titanium Ring that will maintain its shining strength and beauty generations beyond gold and silver? And starting a new tradition that doesn’t fuel civil wars or destroy ecosystems sounds like a good place to start. Titanium may be a late bloomer, but many say that had it been discovered before platinum and gold, it would be the leading jewelry material today. Your future mother-in-law says: Won’t a Titanium Ring break your finger off? While it is true that Titanium Rings are tough, ("titanium" derives from the ‘Titans’ of Greek mythology), they are quickly and easily cut with a common ring cutter (standard equipment in hospitals) in an emergency situation. You can be assured that titanium wedding rings 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 aero-space titanium alloys. Your cousin says: Titanium Rings are kind of plain, aren't they? Titanium wedding bands are some of the most innovative designs on the market. Engineers, craftsmen, and artisan jewelers have only begun to explore the possibilities of this fascinating element. It pairs beautifully with wood inlays, adding durability and strength alongside the wood’s natural beauty. Reconstituted stone, horn, and resin can also add style and color against a shining titanium backdrop. Mokume Gane combines titanium with uniquely patterned metalstock, creating modern looking rings styled in an ancient Japanese tradition. So whatever your personal style, titanium has many faces. Your co-worker says: Titanium Rings. Don't they like make spaceships out of that? Titanium has the highest strength to weight ratio of any known element, which, along with its high melting point, is why 85% of a space shuttle’s structure is likely to be titanium. This strength and durability is what allows the kind of titanium wedding band design capabilities that would otherwise not be possible. Completely corrosion resistant and 100% hypoallergenic, titanium is also the material of choice for surgical tools, implants, and pacemakers. Titanium has impacted mankind more positively and diversely than any other element out there. As an element that has taken us from the depths of the oceans to the outer reaches of the universe, it doesn’t get more romantic than that.
Turquoise & Beyond New Stone and Wood Ring Designs For October! It's been a busy fall here at Minter & Richter and we're excited to introduce several new types of reconstituted* stone into our Titanium Ring repertoire. As you can see, it's quite an international cast! Webbed Turquoise (Arizona, USA) Gaspeite Titanium Ring (Gaspe Peninsula, CANADA) Azurite Malachite Titanium Ring (New Mexico, USA) Tibetan Turquoise (Himalayas) *You're probably wondering how we can possibly bend and shape stone around titanium, huh? Well Scott Richter is certainly a strong man, but we use reconstituted stone for all of our inlays because it can be easily shaped and rounded within our titanium rings. Reconstituted stone is a mixture of stone and resin. We love the way it shines next to titanium or compliments different wood grains! IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES.
How to Get Your Partner’s Ring Size without Spoiling the Surprise!
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.