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When my partner of 28 years and I decided to take advantage of the New Marriage Equality Law in our state, the search for wedding bands began as quickly as we set the date.

Knowing a little bit about jewelry, not much but enough to evaluate quality and fair price, I spent hours on line, hours visiting jewelry stores - and I pounded the pavement of New York's Diamond District. My conclusion was that even with the entry level of lower end diamonds a VS 1 Clarity rating and an H-G color certification at about 1/2 - 1 Carats set into 14K (18K is to soft) white gold all fell into a price range ranging from $1800- $2500 per ring and up, add another $1,000 for Platinum.

While searching around I didn't exclude Amazon, after all we buy virtually everything else here, and found some remarkable deals.
However rings from Metal Masters kept popping up in my searches. My first reactions were to roll my eyes - how could any ring priced this low look good, unless it was dark out and you were looking at it from 500 feet away. But the designs kept drawing me back.

We had long discussions about using the money (4 grand and up) for a pair of rings or putting it into our 60 year old house which we're remodeling and repairing at a snails pace. he calls it our home sweet home and I affectionately refer to it as a "blood sucking money pit". I finally wrote a note to Metal Masters regarding sizing and the quality of the CZ and they replied quickly with a detailed response.

*Note to other potential buyers - remember when ordering a "comfort fit" that you want a half size down for a proper fit. So if you wear say a 9 order a 8.5 and so on.

Well, expecting to be disappointed, after all how could a ring priced this low even appear to be of reasonable quality? I ordered two of this style and two of the eternity rings - another great reason to buy these is that we could afford to do just that. Without out having to put 2 grand per ring down as a deposit. For lack of better words all I can tell you is that we were absolutely knocked out. Especially with the Eternity ring. The Titanium is gorgeous, seamless and perfectly cast.

The matte finish with it's high polished edge is stunning and that would be without the stones. With the stones? They're incredible. Channel setting must be done by hand, shoddy work means uneven settings and loss of stones which I assure you is not the case here. The setting of each and every Brilliant cut CZ is perfectly spaced and perfectly set. The rings easily compared to ones we saw costing over $2,000 apiece.

The Cubic Zirconia crystals are top quality as promised and flawless. CZ isn't new - it was discovered in the mid 1800's but wasn't introduced as an alternative to diamonds until 1976. CZ still remains the number one alternative to actual diamonds today. CZ is cut just like diamonds, as they're very hard, measuring an 8 on the Mohs scale which is harder than most gem stones - Diamonds measure a 10, only two points above CZ. Depending upon the cut both will refract (pull in light and bounce it around inside the stone) and reflect (beam the light out) which causes the "sparkle" so no or dim light = no sparkle regardless if it's a diamond or CZ.

As far as the look of authenticity - only an experienced jeweler or gemologist would be able to tell the difference and that's with the help of Loupe or other magnification. This is Because even the finest diamonds in the world have inclusions inside that can't be seen with the naked eye. Quality CZ on the other hand has no inclusions whatsoever so ironically it's their perfection that gives them away.

With all this said, these rings are an incredible value and a wonderful alternative to diamonds. What is more, anyone who understands the horrors of diamond trafficking will have the peace of mind in knowing they played no part in supporting it.

The rings arrive exceptionally well packaged, each in a Metal Masters presentation box, sized perfectly and delivered with lightening speed. Add to the mix a company that's responsive and stands behind their product 100% and you just can't go wrong.As far as durability these rings get knocked around plenty and after months still not a single scratch or loose stone.Simply a sensational piece of jewelry with a timeless design that you'll be proud to own and even prouder to wear.

**UPDATE 5/27 2014**

There have been a few comments asking about how these rings have held up. The review was written over two years ago and I'm pleased to report they look as good now as they did when the first arrived. Titanium rates a # 6 on the Mohs scale for metals making it one of the hardest metals there are - Steel rates a 4.5 so I expected the the Titanium to wear well and has. We never take the rings off and they're still scratch free.

As for the CZ crystals they're as brilliant as ever. These are top quality CZ crystals and have proven themselves as they're scratch and chip free and every single crystal is still firmly in place. Just a quick update folks on durability which I rate a solid 10.
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on February 17, 2010
I was looking for a stylish wedding band for my soon to be husband. So I came across this ring, its very affordable and looks good. Once I received it I pulled it out to look at it and it is so gorgeous and sparkles just like real diamonds.
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on April 7, 2012
This ring is great. At first I was a bit apprehensive about ordering this ring, seeing as how the seller only has one photo of it (an issue I tried to mend- I uploaded some photos of the ring on Amazon when it arrived). But, with the good reviews from other purchasers, I took the risk and was pleasantly surprised. I was looking for something masculine, elegant and noticeable. This ring has all of those features, all the while feeling great. The comfort band is great (and necessary, as it is a bit thick. Thick rings without comfort bands usually lead to bruises and pinching). The gemstones look amazing, and I personally could not tell the difference between this ring's cubic zirconia and a real diamond. This ring isn't exactly subtle- the number of lustrous gemstones make it noticeable, which, personally, isn't a bad thing. For the price, it's a great ring. I'd definitely recommend it.

My only gripe is the shipping. It was shipped using UPS Mail Innovations (a glorified version of USPS). Initially, they had estimated that my ring would arrive sometime in the week of April 9th (I had ordered it on April 1st). I had a hard time tracking the package (as with any USPS package). It actually arrived on the April 6th, unknown to me. It stayed in my mailbox (which anyone could open) overnight until I checked on it the next morning. I know that the seller has no control over what USPS does, but it may want to consider changing shippers.

Overall, it's a great ring and has price.

This is an initial review. I will update this review after I've had some time with the ring.
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on July 1, 2010
My husband and I love this ring. It looks more expensive than it really is and can pass as the real thing!! The order came within 3 days and came with a beautiful box.
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on May 14, 2012
I needed a quick yet affordable male wedding band. This was a fantastic buy. My husband gets compliments on it all of the time.
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on October 8, 2009
This ring looks like you spent much more than you did. The stones are the perfect size and look like real diamonds! I get so many compliments on this ring, if you're wondering about the quality, it's great. I had a very small issue with my first order, the company went above and beyond to make sure I was happy with the ring. I was impressed! I will buy from them again.
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on January 27, 2010
The ring is exactly how it looks. Nice shine and no damage! I loved it and so did my husband. Thanks!
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on July 25, 2009
This ring exceeds every expectation I had when I ordered it! It is flawless is every detail. The stones are some of the best CZ's I've ever seen. Service and shipping were exceptional. You won't find anything better unless you plan to pay a lot more!
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on July 15, 2012
After looking for many months ready to spend approximately a thousand dollars for a Titanium wedding band with diamonds for a classy look, and not having any luck finding anything that really appealed to me, I came across this ring on Amazon, and it fits my preference of channel set stones. After hesitating to buy I eventually decided to buy it just to see if I would care at all for this style ring. When I received the ring my first thought was wow looks pretty good with a strong bold appearance, but then I noticed the cz's really were pretty milky in appearance with very little sparkle, especially when comparing it side by side to another multi diamond channel set ring that I have.
Long story short, after having a pleasant discussion with Metal Masters and being assured they've rarely had this kind of complaint, I decided for the money spent I'll just not return it and continue looking for another. Then I decided to clean the ring by soaking it in jewelry cleaner, several times, and I couldn't believe the difference. The cz's look great and sparkle with pretty good brilliance. They look like the expensive diamonds that I was looking for.
These rings are mass produced and possibly not very well cleaned after the manufacturing and machining. The one I received apparently needed a good deep cleaning of the stones and probably behind the stones to remove residue from coolants and oils used during the manufacturing processes.
I've now shown this ring to my fiancée and she loves it.
I purchased this ring a half size larger than my ring size because of a recommendation on one of the previous reviews, but I found the ring size to be accurate. So I'm now purchasing this same ring again in my true ring size so that it fits my finger properly, and it will also give me a spare ring. All in all, I am very pleased and hoping the ring holds up for the rest of my life.
Out of curiosity and concern of the grade of titanium, I also took this ring to my machine shop and had it hardness tested on our Rockwell tester. It tested at Rockwell 32c which falls into the lower spectrum of Ti-6/4 (Aircraft Grade Titanium). This is reasonably hard and tough and certainly twice as hard as gold jewelry at R18c hardness, but do not think that it cannot be scratched. I have purposely scratched this ring already with a pocket knife just to get an idea of its toughness.
I would highly recommend this ring for its appearance, price, and toughness.
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on October 3, 2011
Lightweight, sturdy, scratch resistent, and masculine! It's professional and very sleek. Who needs to buy something worth an arm and a leg when this inexpensive piece is of the same quality as something so outrageously over priced?
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