The Pros and Cons of Tungsten Wedding Bands
You’re probably here because you’re getting ready to tie the knot. In that case, congratulations!
You have probably already seen or heard about this durable and curious material called tungsten and decided to check for yourself what it’s really about.
Lucky for you, we are going to give you the scoop so you will not have to spend a lot of time surfing the web.
What is Tungsten?
The 74th element on the periodic table, tungsten is a tough material. This metal is rated a 9 on Moh’s scale of hardness, with a diamond next with a ranking of 10. That already gives you an idea of just how strong tungsten is. Tungsten also has the highest melting point of all metals.
What Are Tungsten Carbide Rings?
In jewelry, Tungsten rings mean Tungsten Carbide rings which are Tungsten with carbon atoms. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?
Tungsten Carbide rings are composed of heated tungsten powder, carbon, and hydrogen. The end results in an alloy 2-3 times harder than steel. So tungsten’s strength outweighs a whole lot of other melted or forged materials.
Tungsten carbide competes with diamonds for being the hardest known material, is highly resistant to deformity, scratches, and remains strong in both hot and cold temperatures.
Using a machine with tungsten carbide can be really challenging since some machines are made of tungsten carbide themselves. These machines only work while the substance is in the soft, or “green” state, and can only be created with diamond-coated bits.
Alright, alright. Enough beating around the bush, let’s get chopping at the Pros and Cons of this wedding band.
Pros of Tungsten Rings
Let’s talk about why you should choose Tungsten Carbide for a wedding band.
This is a wedding band that lasts, meaning you will get your money’s worth and more. Many grooms admire its strength, and it is considerably heavier than steel. It is the most scratch-resistant alloy known. Just like we mentioned above, the strength of tungsten carbide is only second to a diamond.
An added bonus is that the gloss can last for many years.
Let’s be honest here, who doesn’t want a cheaper ring that is still long-lasting and looks awesome? Golds, silver, and diamond rings can hit your wallet pretty hard and may not even look as good, Tungsten carbide on the other hand is affordable, and still gets the job done, for a long time!
Due to its hardness, deformation, bending, or denting are almost impossible. In the event of an accident, the ring will not deform causing the fingers more injury.
With its rigidity, you can perform your daily tasks without having to remove your wedding ring.
Tungsten Carbide rings are naturally hypoallergenic. It causes little to no allergic reactions when worn. People who are allergic to gold jewelry can sport this alloy instead.
Look & Style
Because of this metal’s strength, it is highly customizable... As for the color, there are lots of cool-looking finishes that you can choose from including silver, gold, blue, green, rose gold, black, or just about any color under the sun.
Another bonus is that tungsten rings are resistant to tarnishing. This makes everyday activities like washing the dishes or cleaning the house easy to do while leaving your ring on..
Why Choose Tungsten Rings Over Gold, Silver or Platinum?
Aside from the fact that tungsten is way more cost-effective than gold, silver, or platinum, Tungsten Carbide wedding rings always win on strength. With this ring, you won’t have to worry about scratches, dents, or tarnishing the ring.
What are the Cons of Tungsten Rings?
Now, let’s talk about the reasons why you may not want a tungsten ring.
Yes, tungsten is durable but a strong enough force will be able to break the ring apart.
Can’t be resized
The downside to its durability is that it can’t be resized. An attempt to resize it may produce enough pressure for the material to crack or break. However, you will usually find that manufacturers like Epic Rings will exchange the ring for free.
Unlike gold, which you can turn to cash, tungsten can’t be easily sold, traded, or pawned. Gold, on the other hand, is not easily valued and can turn into cash whenever you want or need to.
While personal preference comes to play here tungsten is considered a heavier wedding ring. Most men prefer this. But for those who prefer a lighter ring, we recommend titanium.
Tungsten has electrical conductivity properties so you may want to be careful if your work revolves around electricity or electrical wires.
In a Nutshell
Tungsten Carbide rings are undoubtedly up there with the top-selling wedding bands in America today and are far stronger than silver, or gold, even combined! That’s despite the pros and cons.
Well, we hope this helped your decision on which ring to get!