The typical wedding bands today are made of common metals such as gold, platinum, titanium and silver. However, tungsten wedding bands are gaining popularity within the jewelry market because of its certain qualities. Tungsten as a metal itself is recognized for its durability and hardness in spite of its brittleness. However, if it is combined with an alloy such as nickel, it will become stronger than titanium metal. On top of that, polished shine of the tungsten rings will last for a very long time to come.
Tungsten rings are very scratch resistant and maintain a permanent shine. Hard tool steel could barely scratch a tungsten ring and even if you hit the ring to a mallet, it would cause a little or no damage at all. Usually, tungsten wedding bands can be scratched only by objects as strong as a diamond.
You may be fascinated to own a pair of tungsten rings for your wedding. But before that, you might have to plan carefully and make a few decisions to get the perfect pair. You need to first realize that the width of women wedding ring is usually in the range of 4mm-6mm while a men's wedding ring is typically 6mm-8mm.
You must also recognize the fact that tungsten is a pretty heavy metal, hence the thicker the ring, the heavier it will feel on your finger. To determine the ring size, you must round up the size of the ring and not round down. This will help to ensure a better fit.
There are a huge variety of tungsten ring designs available for weddings. The most common designs are the dome, concave, faceted, or inlaid. You should consider some simple yet elegant design for the selection of your tungsten wedding rings. So, you have to consider the look of the tungsten wedding bands when you are out shopping for them.
There are some jewelers who claim that the tungsten wedding bands they offer are bonded with nickel but in fact it is combined with cobalt. The drawback of cobalt is that it causes skin reaction and may cause a skin. In addition to that, rings made of cobalt have a low resistance against scratches and has lower durability in comparison to tungsten carbide rings. The easy way to spot a tungsten cobalt ring is the price tag. Its value is reliably cheaper and would be on par with the value of silver.
On the other hand, the prices of the tungsten carbide rings would be the same as the platinum or gold rings. Real tungsten carbide will cost more than a tungsten cobalt ring. But you have to remind yourself that you would like a wedding ring that will last for a lifetime.