Tungsten Carbide Rings


From Pros & Cons to Facts & Myths:

Pros

Cons

Extreme scratch resistance 

Tungsten rings cannot be sized, they have to be exchanged.
Tungsten does not bend like gold or soft precious metals

Tungsten rings can fracture or shatter if enough force is applied, making them easy to remove in an emergency.
Multiple color options: white, black, & classic gray


Keeps its finish forever

Tungsten is very affordable compared to white gold.


Tungsten has a heavy weight, similar to the weight of platinum

Tungsten has a heavy weight, similar to the weight of platinum

Hypoallergenic
Nickel allergies can be affected by tungsten rings


Pros: Tungsten carbide is the most scratch resistant metal known to man. Tungsten carbide jewelry is affordable, and has a nice weight to it, like gold and platinum. Tungsten rings are quick and easy to remove from your finger in case of medical emergency, easier than gold. Tungsten does not bend out of shape due to its hardness, so in an accident the ring will not become deform where it would injure your finger even more. It is hypoallergenic. People with allergies to gold jewelry can wear tungsten jewelry. Tungsten wedding bands come in a natural gun metal grey color, but can be plated black, white, or even gold colors.

Cons: Just like a diamond, tungsten is very scratch resistant and will not bend out of shape, but it will break if enough shock or pressure is applied to it. Reputable jewelers and manufacturers will offer a lifetime warranty that covers this by providing a replacement ring in case of accidental breakage. Again, due to its hardness, tungsten rings cannot be resized. Reputable jewelers and manufacturers should provide a lifetime sizing policy to provide for size exchanges when your finger size changes. Tungsten carbide is not easily turned back into cash. Gold is traded on the world’s commodities markets and is very liquid. This means anyone can change gold into cash or gold is just like cash. Tungsten is not traded and easily valued if you want to pawn it someday, it will be difficult.

Facts: Tungsten comes from a Swedish term meaning "heavy stone." Tungsten's chemical symbol “W” comes from its earlier name, wolfram. Wolfram comes from the mineral wolframite, in which it was discovered. Wolframite means "the devourer of tin" since the mineral interferes with the smelting of tin. Tungsten has the highest melting point of all metals at an astounding 6,191.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Tungsten is rated at about a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. A diamond, which is the hardest substance on earth, is rated at a 10. Tungsten carbide is about 2 or 3 times harder than titanium and cobalt chrome. Tungsten carbide wedding bands are the top selling metal for men’s wedding bands in America today.


Myths: "Tungsten carbide rings cannot be removed in case of an emergency." As mentioned in the Pros section, it can be and is the easiest ring to be removed in case of an emergency. "Tungsten rings are indestructible." This is not true. For some reason, many people associate tungsten’s ability to withstand scratching, as proof that it is indestructible. There are dishonest companies posting videos online showing tungsten rings being hit by a hammer and not breaking. These are either edited or they are not really hitting it that hard. Tungsten’s hardness is what makes it so resistant to scratching. That same level of hardness also means that it won’t bend, but it will break or crack if enough force is applied to it, kind of like a diamond. "You want a pure tungsten carbide ring." Pure tungsten carbide rings are not possible. Tungsten carbide by itself is a powder. You need a binder, like nickel, to hold it all together to form a shape. It is kind of like a granola bar. You need the sugar or honey to have all the grains stick together to form the shape of a bar. The ideal amount of tungsten carbide to make jewelry is about 85%.