What are the benefits of tungsten rings?

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Many customers often wonder why they would choose a tungsten ring over other metals available. Let us list the benefits of tungsten rings, the pro’s, con’s and some extra facts that might help disperse some myths.

Pros

  • Tungsten carbide is known to be the most scratch resistant metal – perfect for men’s rings.
  • Tungsten rings are often rated to be around 10x harder than 18k gold.
  • Tungsten carbide jewellery is often more affordable than alternative metals.
  • Tungsten has an attractive weight to it giving it an appealing feel to it, just like gold and platinum.
  • Tungsten rings can be easily removed from your finger in case of emergency, much easier than gold.
  • Tungsten rings do not bend or squash out of shape due to its hardness, unlike gold and silver rings.
  • Tungsten is considered to be hypoallergenic – perfect for those with sensitive skin
  • People with allergies to gold, steel and platinum jewellery can wear tungsten jewellery.
  • Tungsten rings are natural gun metal grey in colour, but can be easily plated in various colours. (we use ion plating on all out tungsten rings for a quality, non-fade finish)

Cons

  • Similar to diamonds, tungsten is very scratch resistant and will not bend out of shape, but it may break or shatter if enough shock or pressure is applied to it.
  • Due to the hardness of tungsten, tungsten rings cannot be resized (but they are available in a range of sizes)
  • Rings For Him provide a lifetime sizing policy to provide for size exchanges when your finger size changes.
  • Tungsten carbide is not a precious metal so it’s not usually considered a ‘trade metal’ unlike gold which has a weight value. The value of the tungsten ring is determined by its design, quality and sentimental value.

Facts

The name “Tungsten” derives 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. Tungsten carbide wedding bands are currently the top selling metal for men’s wedding bands in America, UK and in Australia.

Myths

“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, such as nickel, to hold it all together to form a shape. The ideal amount of tungsten carbide required to make high quality rings is about 85%. All of our rings meet this minimum which is why our rings outlast many other brands.

For high quality tungsten rings that are manufactured to a high standard using high grade tungsten carbide and plated using only ion plating techniques – visit our range of Men’s Tungsten Rings.

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