I have heard from one of my customers that certain jewellers in South Africa (and other places in the world) are saying that titanium rings cannot be removed from a swollen or damaged finger. In specific Browns Jewellers. This is very strange - we supplied Browns Jewellers for years with titanium rings - and never once in that time was there an issue.
The myth of titanium being so hard that it cannot be removed in case of an emergency is absolute nonsense. I also saw an article on the net saying you need a plasma cutter to remove a titanium ring. This is crazy - a plasma cutter generates very high temperatures and would obliterate your hand first! A simple fret saw will do.
Well people - if you believe this rubbish you have been well brainwashed. Titanium is a metal, like any other metal - very hard - yes - but not indestructible. If the question - "Can any retail jeweller remove a titanium ring?" was asked - then I may agree that the answer is no. Any manufacturing jeweller with a normal fret saw and normal blades will remove a titanium ring with no problem - it may take them a while (especially if it is very wide) but they will get it off.
Any emergency's service will easily remove a ring - for heavens sake - they cut cars apart without a problem.
So - to all those retailers who do not stock titanium rings..and are using a lie to persuade you to buy a platinum or gold ring, I say "you're lying or you are conning your customer".
In the 20 years that I have been making titanium rings - never once has have I heard of a problem with a titanium wedding ring not been able to be cut off. So rest easy - enjoy you titanium wedding - and any jeweller who tells you different - let me know and I will put them in their place.
If a ring, any ring, gets stuck on your finger - don't panic. If it seems stuck - then the first thing to do is stop trying. Your finger will swell quicker if your are tugging and twisting. Run cold water over your hand - even better, submerge you hand in icy water. Give it a few minutes, keep your hand up if possible. Grab the soap and work it in around the ring - try again, twisting while gently working it over the knuckle. Use plenty of soap. If after several attempts it still will not come off - stop. Leave your hand in the cold water for a while.
You need to asses.
1) The ring is so tight and it is starting to hurt. You finger is swollen. - You will need to go to an emergency room - or phone your goldsmith.
2) The ring is quite loose but will not go over the knuckle. - You have time - find a goldsmith and he will be able to help.