The Pros and Cons of Tungsten Carbide Rings

When you think of wedding bands, gold or platinum likely comes to mind. However, an increasingly popular material on the market is neither of these and happens to be far more affordable than both. If you're on the hunt for something that's bold and unique, Tungsten Carbide might be the ideal ring option for you.

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What Is Tungsten Carbide?

Tungsten Carbide is the result of combining or alloying carbon with Tungsten, hard and dense metal with a high melting point. Tungsten Carbide occasions a deep gray color in its untreated, natural state but can be polished, sandblasted, or carved to give it a wide range of finishing aesthetics.

“The best quality Tungsten Carbide rings include at least 80% Tungsten,” This combination makes rings that are strong, hypoallergenic, tarnish-resistant, and that will maintain their polish for a lifetime.

History of Tungsten Carbide Rings.

Tungsten can be traced back to the 1700s. It was first extracted from ore, discovering the element with the highest melting point of all metals, Fast forward to the 1800s and Tungsten Carbide is synthesized for the first time and used for industrial purposes for its extreme durability, such as cutting tools in the 1900s and modern-day precise surgical instruments.

What to Look for in a Tungsten Carbide Ring.

As previously noted, if you’re buying a Tungsten Carbide ring it’s important to find one that’s at least 80% Tungsten. At this purity, it is 10x harder than 18k gold and has a weight that’s substantial and luxurious, similar to platinum, Sometimes sellers will use an expensive filler in place of Tungsten, causing the value and integrity of the ring to diminish.

Another important factor to consider is size. Because Tungsten Carbide rings are incredibly hard, they cannot be sized. Consider buying your regular size as well as a half size up and keep the one that fits the best,If you buy a ring 6mm or wider, you may need a slightly larger size than what a ring sizer will tell you due to how much of your finger the ring will cover.

Post time: Dec-17-2020