Tungsten rings have, in recent times become increasingly popular especially among men. And there’s a good reason for it.
Unlike gold, titanium, and silver bands, which can get scratched easily, mens tungsten wedding bands are quite scratch resistant – they are harder than steel and ten times harder than gold. Tungsten carbide is actually one of the second hardest With that in mind, you can rest easy knowing that your band will look brand new even after several years of use.
Tungsten Carbide and Tungsten are often used interchangeably to mean the same thing; but, at a closer look at how they are made, you’d see they are not.
For instance, Tungsten is the 74th element on the periodic table and is ranked 8th in the Mohs scale of hardness. Tungsten Carbide is an alloy of six different minerals that include tungsten, tantalum, nickel, niobium, titanium, and chromium. It’s harder than Tungsten itself and is ranked 9th out of 10 on the mineral hardness scale.
That said tungsten and tungsten carbides have properties that make them suitable for a number of uses.
In practical use many jewelers, ourselves included, will simply used Tungsten for shorthand when referring to Tungsten Carbide rings.
If you are in the market for men’s wedding band that is unconventional, offers something unique, and durable; then, tungsten carbide ring is just the right choice for you.
Remember we mentioned earlier that tungsten has enormous tensile strength, so when fashioned into rings they can last for years without fracturing or scratching as other metals are bound to do.The high melting point of the metal, the highest for any common metal, means in the event of an accident or mishap, the ring wont deform and cut off blood pressure to your finger. Outside of silicone rings, tungsten rings are often recommended for folks working heavy machinery since they will shatter before bending and causing damage.
Tungsten bands are known to retain their finish for their lifetime; this depends though, on the environment the ring is exposed to. The owner of ELGNT Designs has had his tungsten ring fo rover 10 years now and it still looks like new.
Additionally budget conscious people might opt for tungsten rings as the starting price point is generally considerably less than platinum, gold or even silver rings. As you'll see by the selection on ELGNT Designs, there is a much larger variation in style, color and texture that we can achieve with tungsten rings.
Finally, tungsten carbide is hypoallergenic. So if you’re someone that often experiences skin irritation from wearing other metals; tungsten rings might be what you need.