In a few words, tantalum is a rare earth metal that is gaining popularity as a less expensive avenue for men’s wedding bands. Tantalum is 73 on the periodic table of elements. It is one of the five major refractory metals in the world, so it is extremely hard and wear resistant. It is blueish grey in color and is hypoallergenic. It is inert, meaning it does not react to chemicals. It can be stretched; unlike some contemporary metals, tantalum does not shatter. The process to obtain tantalum is difficult, making it more expensive than other rare earth metals used for jewelry, such as titanium and cobalt. This also makes it a unique metal to use in wedding bands, so it won’t be seen on a lot of hands because of its rarity. We are currently the only Ames jeweler that has this unique precious metal for wedding bands. Below you can see some examples of men’s tantalum wedding bands. Come on down to the store to see our entire selection of tantalum rings.