The name itself exudes strength. Even its official name in the periodic table, wolfram, gives off a strong vibe. If you are considering getting a tungsten wedding ring, you are on the path to one of the best decisions you can make, and one that is proving very popular with both men and women.
Tungsten is an element which has the highest melting point of all metals known to man (3422 degrees C) as well as the highest tensile strength. Tungsten is also the hardest metal on earth, making it virtually impervious to scratches and dents.
What some describe as a disadvantage – the inability to resize tungsten wedding bands – is actually a testament to what an amazing material it is to have made into your wedding ring. Most jewellers are unable to resize a tungsten wedding ring because their normal tools and saws would not be able to put a dent in it. Only the hardest materials we know, like diamond and corundum can abrade tungsten carbide wedding bands.
Tungsten carbide scores about 9.0 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it an amazing ten times harder than gold and four times as hard as platinum. That translates to hundreds or even thousands of scratches you would get on your gold wedding ring that would not register on your tungsten carbide wedding ring if you indulged in exactly the same activities wearing both. This property makes it popular choice of wedding ring material for people who work with their hands.
The hardness of tungsten carbide wedding bands also makes them a safe option for an environment like a workshop. Gold, platinum and silver wedding bands will easily deform under pressure and possibly injure the finger they are on in case of an accident, a tungsten carbide ring will resist deformation till it shatters, keeping the finger safe until then.
If you have worn wedding bands of other materials in the past, you know that they require upkeep and polishing to retain their shine and look. No such effort is required with a tungsten carbide ring – it will retain its polish permanently and look as good twenty tears down the track as it did on the day you first put it on.
Metals have always been prized for their weight, or more accurately, their density. Gold and tungsten are of similar density, and so the weight of both gold and tungsten wedding bands gives a ‘solid’ feel when placed in the hand. Lead is considered a heavy material but tungsten is almost twice as dense.
The term ‘tungsten carbide’ wedding bands are commonly used instead of just ‘tungsten’ wedding bands. This accurately reflects the composition of wedding bands made of tungsten – they are combined with carbon because its hardness makes it too brittle for common use on its own. Other substances like nickel and cobalt are used as binders in the mixture. Avoid cobalt( all our wedding bands are cobalt free) and stick with nickel for a tungsten carbide wedding ring that is safe to wear and also looks good, requires no maintenance and enhances the persona of the wearer with quiet confidence. So what are you waiting for?