May 19, 2012 in Wedding Rings
Coming in all different shapes, materials and sizes, jewelry offers us many choices. And yet, it can be hard to find the perfect piece that combines both fashion and wearability when shopping for a ring. However, both these desirable characteristics can be found in popular and attractive Tungsten rings.
The element Tungsten derives its name from the Swedish words “tung” and “sten,” which translates to “heavy stone.” As its name implies, Tungsten is known for its qualities of strength and hardiness. For instance, of all the metals on the periodic table, it has the highest melting point. When this dense, durable metal is combined with carbon alloy to make tungsten carbide, one has the material to make gorgeous and enduring jewelry.
The most important thing a wearer looks for in a ring is attractiveness. Tungsten jewelry is a show stopper due, in part, to its shine. Unlike other metals like gold, silver and platinum, tungsten rings retain their luster without regular polishing. While scuffs, dings and scratches will eventually prevent other jewelry from ever being as smooth and gleaming as when it is new, a tungsten ring’s hardiness will allow it to continually look as though you’ve just purchased it from the jeweler. Tungsten rings also come in various shades, from a more reflective glossy metal, to brushed smoky gray, to even a gleaming black. From basic flat, to bejeweled, shaped or etched with designs and shapes, tungsten rings satisfy a variety of fashion tastes. Additionally, they are engravable for that personal touch.
Another desirable aspect of rings is wearability and durability. While the look of a ring is important, how useful is a ring that cannot be worn regularly due to fragility or discomfort? On the practical side, tungsten jewelry is 10 times more durable than gold and nearly scratch resistant, making it long lasting enough to become both one of your family’s heirloom jewelry pieces, as well as able to outlast even the most active (or accident prone!) of wearers. For instance, wedding rings are one of the most important pieces of jewelry a person can own. It provides sentiment and meaning to our daily lives. And yet, too often even simple chores like washing the dishes or digging in a garden require a person to take a wedding ring off to avoid damage. Sadly, this is also how many of these rings get lost. But tungsten wedding bands allow you to leave the ring on during even the roughest of activities.
Besides durable, a tungsten ring is also comfortable. Rings for men and women come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the petite and light, to a bold extra-wide shape. Another benefit of some tungsten jewelry is its ability to be worn by some of those who typically have allergic reactions to other metallic jewelry. Tungsten jewelry that is made with a nickel-binder alloy is hypoallergenic, and does not cause skin irritation.
When choosing a ring for yourself or another, remember that jewelry which must be kept in a box for safety is not performing its most essential function of giving joy to the wearer. By purchasing a tungsten ring, you are ensured both attractiveness and wearability for years and years to come.
About the Author: Tom Larson is an Expert Jeweler at LarsonJewelers.com. They sell cutting-edge tungsten rings including tungsten wedding bands. Discover classic styles mixed in with fresh and experimental designs. For more information please visit www.larsonjewelers.com/.