The Tungsten Wedding Ring Revolution
Comes the wedding day, you tie the knot, pledge your everlasting love; no matter how you choose to describe it, your wedding day is the most important day of your life. You have to decide on the dress, the flowers, the church, the meal, the bridal party and what may you. Don’t forget about the ring, these are very central to the wedding that they even get a person assigned to them.
When it comes to choosing a ring for the groom, options are endless as compared to the customary gold-band of past generations. Whether you favor diamonds, silver or gold or whether you want it engraved or not. Options are I repeat: Endless. You could also have each customized to the grooms taste. If you’re satisfied with the traditional offering then stop reading right now! but if you want something extra-ordinary continue reading.
Heard of Tungsten rings?
If you find gold too flashy and diamond feminine and don’t fancy scratching platinum, don’t worry because there is another option for you. Tungsten carbide, an alloy of tungsten and carbon is the new kid on the block when it comes to mens wedding bands. Tungsten carbide is hard and only second to diamond.
What are the benefits of Tungsten carbide?
Tungsten carbide is stronger than both gold, silver, and platinum.
This strength makes it resistant to bending and almost scratch-free. Tungsten carbide is also easy to clean, cloth wipe is actually sufficient without the worry of getting a scratch.
Tungsten carbide is available with patterns laser etched onto the ring, allowing a subtle hint of flair to an industrial type piece of jewelry. Color options are primarily gray to black, but with tungsten carbide they will typically hold their shine.
So are there downsides to the tungsten carbide ring? You bet. It is a question of if the good outweighs the bad. First and foremost one of the big advantages of the ring, its strength, also is a weakness. Due to its hardness it is very difficult to engrave tungsten carbide, and as such many jewelers will not even attempt it.
Sizing is of the utmost importance with this type of ring. Try it on several times, at different times of the day to ensure a proper fit. After all, this ring is permanent as I hope your happy marriage will be. Your ring will not be able to be re-sized once it is made. Lose weight? Consider taking it back to the jeweler so they can add a guard to ensure it remains a proper fit. Gain weight? Consider a new ring, rather than risking injury from wearing too small of a band.
When thinking of getting a tungsten carbide ring, you should consider the weight, being heavier than gold mean a single tungsten carbide ring is equivalent to several gold rings. This is both a pro or con based on how you look at it.
The price of tungsten carbide rings has gone up due to the surging popularity, only buy these rings from reputable retailers.