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What is Tungsten?

Tungsten Carbide rings

Tungsten rings have in recent times become increasingly popular especially among men. And there’s a good reason for it.

You see, unlike Gold, titanium, and silver bands that can get scratched easily Tungsten rings, on the other hand, are quite scratch resistant – they are harder than steel and even 10x more hard than gold.

And they are in fact, the second hardest known material in the world – that is, second only to diamond.

Hence, you can rest easy knowing that your bands can stay brand new even after several years of use.

In addition, tungsten rings are relatively more affordable compared to gold or silver bands which make it a cost-friendly alternative for engagement or wedding bands.

What is the difference between Tungsten Carbide and Tungsten?

Tungsten Carbide and Tungsten are often interchangeably used 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. The high melting point of the metal – the highest for any metal known to man – means in the event of an accident or mishap, the ring doesn’t deform to injure you even more.

Now, you may ask, why is tungsten carbide a good choice for a wedding band?

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.

Also, it is pretty easy to take care of your tungsten carbide rings; plus you do not have to worry about the ring losing its shine and luster as other metals do.

Tungsten bands are known to retain their finish for their lifetime; this depends though, on the environment the ring is exposed to.

For a budget, conscious person tungsten rings offer an affordable alternative to gold and silver bands that doesn’t burn holes through your wallet.

And the good thing is you can find an array of original and unique tungsten rings that fit your budget.

Finally, tungsten carbide is hypoallergenic. So if you’re someone that often experience skin irritation from wearing other metals; tungsten rings might be what you need since they don’t trigger an allergic reaction.

However, be sure to ask your jeweler whether the binding agent used is nickel and not cobalt. Though, nickel by itself can irritate the skin; but when used as a binding agent loses its ability to irritate the skin.