Tungsten carbide is becoming much more popular in jewellery making particularly with rings including, increasingly, tungsten wedding rings.
Men seem to favour tungsten rings and, in particular, tungsten wedding bands due to the following factors:
- Strength and Hardness
- Non-Scratch Finish
- Appearance and Colour
- Low Cost
Tungsten is Strong and Scratch Resistant
Tungsten Carbides’ chemical composition is equal parts tungsten and carbon atoms. Tungsten carbide is an extremely hard metal, approximately twice as hard as steel and roughly ten times harder than 18-carat gold! That means it is strong!
In fact, tungsten is such a hard metal that it can’t be resized or engraved and therefore also has a very high resistance to scratching.
Tungsten metal itself has the highest melting point of all the metals, but it can still become malleable to craft into different shapes, hence its use in jewellery design.
A tungsten ring is a perfect choice for a man who works in a physical job and who is worried about scratching their ring like they would if it was made of gold or silver.
There is an inherent longevity to a tungsten ring.
My partner wore a faceted tungsten ring for 11 years and never removed it. He does lots of DIY which involved, at the time, a complete remodelling of our back garden, including moving large stones by hand and building an long stone wall. Only after 11 years did he feel that his ring had “dulled” a little – the ring was still more than presentable and had no scratches at all, it just wasn’t as highly polished with that ‘like a mirror’ shine it had previously kept.
Only after 11 years did he change it. He just fancied replacing it with a shinier new one, in the same style. After all, at just £39 a new ring won’t break the bank! He kept the ring in our shop to demonstrate to customers how well they wear even with heavy work and use.
Some people worry that, being made of very hard metal, a tungsten ring would be hard to remove if your finger swelled for any reason and would not be able to be cut off. This is not something to be worried about. Of course it is still important to chose the correct size ring but even having done so, fingers can swell over time for all sorts of reasons. Whilst tungsten carbide is strong and hard it is also brittle, so can shatter if given a hard knock.
The fact that it will shatter with a sharp force can be a good thing as, if the ring ever needed to be cut off for one reason or another, it can be.
Tungsten Carbide makes a Perfect Wedding Band
Being such a hard-wearing material this means that mens tungsten carbide wedding bands can be the ideal choice for many men who want something more scratch-resistant than a gold wedding ring.
A tungsten wedding band will stay looking good for many years even for those who have physically demanding jobs.
Tungsten is Heavy
The word ‘Tungsten’ comes from the Swedish word “tung sten” meaning “heavy stone”.
Added to its strength is Tungstens’ smooth, tactile feel.
Its density feels weighty and substantial when worn.
It feels comfortable when on your finger. In fact, it is one of the first things most customers mention to us when they handle a tungsten ring, how beautiful the ring feels.
Almost without fail, customers will comment on how low the price is – they expect the price to be so much higher.
Hence, despite it’s price, tungsten jewellery is very tactile and feels rather luxurious.
Its Beautiful Colour and Luxurious Feel
Tungsten rings come in so many styles they are the perfect choice for a men’s ring and are not just for a wedding band.
From plain bands to shaped styles, the designs can be modern or more traditional. Both look equally good.
And they continue to look good, year in and year out.
The appearance of tungsten is beautiful. With a naturally deep, steel-grey colour, tungsten look is modern and on-trend.
If tungsten is coloured it is done by ion-plating.
There are also styles with the contrasting colour on the inside and the outer edge of the ring which look eye-catching.
Tungsten has a beautiful high-polish shine to it which lasts, and it will not tarnish. This means you won’t need to polish your ring or dip it in jewellery cleaner.
You can wipe it and gently buff it from time to time, but this material is resilient and has such a beautiful high-shine it needs little fuss.
A tungsten ring is, in fact, low-maintenance, which can only be another bonus in our highly stressed lives!
What could be better than a ring that you can just pop on, it looks great and will continue to look great year after year with next to no maintenance.
So Why Buy a Tungsten Ring?
To summarise, we recommend looking at tungsten if you are looking for a mans ring–whether it’s for men’s wedding band or a ring for everyday use.
Tungsten rings are strong; they look fabulous; they feel luxurious to wear; are scratch-resistant; need little, if any maintenance; are inexpensive and available in many styles.
They come in a vast range of sizes, to fit even the largest fingers, from sizes S to a Z +3, so they are an excellent option for those who have difficulty finding rings large enough to fit their fingers.
In our experience, once a man holds and tries on a tungsten ring he is smitten! The rings feels so luxurious with substantial weight, that they often fall in love with it as much as they do a beautiful watch.