I recently purchased the aluminum blue ridge wallet because I didn't know if I would like the style (I'm coming from a giant three fold wallet). So I ended up loving it, but that forged ember just looked so cool and kept calling my name...... so now I have two lol. Don't make the mistake I made and just go for the forged ember right off the bat. And if you are worried about not liking it, I think ridge allows returns up to a certain amount of days so you can test run it. In summary, go for the forged ember if you are considering it, the feel and look are so clean and in comparison to the aluminum, it's just better. Disregard the high price because this wallet is lasting forever.