Why do engravings come out different colors?

Why do engravings come out different colors?

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Different Metals and How They Engrave

Have you ever wondered what engraving looks like on tungsten? Maybe you have pondered what engraving looks like on ceramic, or even cobalt? Tungsten carbide and alternative metals produce different colors when laser engraved. This is due to a number of reasons, but mostly due to element composition and not differences in engraving techniques.

MetalRing ExampleEngraving ColorDescription
Cobalt
Cobalt engravings are similar to that of regular tungsten and come out a dark gray/black.
White TungstenWhite Tungsten Carbide
Similar to regular tungsten, but due to the brighter metal of white tungsten, the engraving will contrast more and be more visible to the naked eye.
TungstenTungsten Carbide
Tungsten ring engravings are a very dark gray color, almost black. This is a very visible engraving and is commonly requested.
Black TungstenBlack Tungsten Carbide
Black tungsten engravings are a light gray/gold color and are highly visible and contrasting.
Black Ceramic
Black ceramic engraves almost black and is visible in certain lights. This is the least visible engraving out of the set.

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