Advantages and Myths about Tungsten Carbide Wedding Bands

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What are the advantages and myths about Tungsten Carbide Wedding Bands?

One of the most popular and in demand types of wedding rings today is tungsten carbide wedding band. This is because of the great number of benefits found in tungsten carbide wedding bands compared to wedding rings or bands made from platinum, gold and other precious metals.

A common misconception concerning tungsten carbide wedding bands is that they cannot be removed in the course of emergency medical treatment, requiring the finger to be removed instead. This was one of the many reasons why couples wouldn't want a Tungsten carbide wedding band as their choice of wedding ring. This myth subsided when doctors and jewelry shops have stated their comment on that myth. Thus, tungsten carbide wedding bands are much safer than bands made from other metals. Tungsten bands do not bend. So in a critical moment the band will break in many pieces without harming a finger. In addition medical institutions have available equipment to take the band safely from the finger. Gold and other metals that bend can harm the finger when they change the form. Thus, tungsten band is a much safer choice.

PROS and CONS of having a TUNGSTEN CARBIDE wedding band?

These are some quotes left by people who have chosen tungsten carbide rings as their wedding bands:

"We were considering tungsten over titanium because I heard that titanium scratches a lot easier than the tungsten."

"I work with hands every single day and I don't want anything that will lose its luster/shine. I hope this info helps."

Cons:

  1. Tungsten wedding band cannot be re-sized. So you need to find a reputable jeweler who will carry a lifetime warranty on their ring. If your ring size changes, you're stuck with the size you bought unless the jeweler will exchange the ring for you. So it is important to choose the comfort size of your band
  2. There's a lot of cheap tungsten jewelry out there. Cheap tungsten is made with cobalt which is used in light bulb filaments. You want to find tungsten with a nickel alloy. Slightly more expensive but it won't corrode and turn your finger brown. Stick with a brand name; I'm sure you'll be fine

Pros

  1. Tungsten rings will never bend. You can hammer it like crazy and it will always retain its shape
  2. They never scratch. You can file away at it, and it will stay polished forever
  3. It is heavier than most metals because of its density
  4. You can't beat its shine and polish
  5. It's hypoallergenic so if you have any allergies, it won't happen with tungsten.
  6. "The hardest form of tungsten carbide is harder than titanium alloys, and only under extreme circumstances, can it be damaged"
  7. On your 2,000th anniversary your wedding ring will look like new!

Known producers of Tungsten Jewelry: Sea of Diamonds, KingIce.com, Titanium Kay, JewelryVortex, Goldenmine, FineJewelers, JewelBasket, Sun Jewelry

"Can tungsten carbide wedding band be re-sized?"

This is a very important question to answer unless, of course, you don't plan on ever losing or gaining weight for the rest of your life.

Titanium can be re-sized, however, it is a very difficult and more expensive process. Tungsten carbide, on the other hand, is impossible to re-size as it is too hard of a metal. Therefore, choosing the proper ring size is very important. A good idea is to get a ring sizer for an accurate measurement of your size. It is recommended that you take several measurements at different times and average out what size your finger is, as it will vary slightly for some people throughout the course of the day.

The best solution to this is to make sure that the jewelry store you buy the ring from has a lifetime ring size guaranty.

Toxicity in alloys with Cobalt

The primary health risks associated with carbide relate to inhalation of dust, leading to fibrosis. Cobalt–Tungsten Carbide is also reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program.

Application of Tungsten Carbide in Jewelry

Tungsten carbide, also called cemented carbide, has become a popular material in the bridal jewelry industry due to its extreme hardness and high resistance to scratching. Unfortunately, this extreme hardness also means that it is very prone to shattering. Tungsten is extremely hard and dense. Combined with carbon and other elements, it becomes tungsten carbide, which registers between 8.9 - 9.1 on the Mohs hardness scale. It's roughly 10 times harder than 18k gold and four times harder than titanium and is equal to a natural sapphire's hardness. In addition to its design and high polish, part of its attraction to consumers is its technical nature.

Tungsten Carbides

Application of Tungsten Carbide in Sports

Bicycling. Some tire manufacturers offer bicycle tires with tungsten carbide studs for better traction on ice. These are generally preferred to steel studs because of their superior resistance to wear.

Horse racing. Tungsten carbide may be used in farriery, the shoeing of horses, to improve traction on slippery surfaces such as roads or ice. Carbide-tipped hoof nails may be used to attach the shoes, or alternatively borium, tungsten carbide in a matrix of softer metal, may be welded to small areas of the underside of the shoe before fitting.

Snowmobiles. Sharpened carbide tipped spikes (known as studs) can be inserted into the drive tracks of snowmobiles. These studs enhance traction on icy surfaces. Longer v-shaped segments fit into grooved rods called wear rods under each snowmobile ski. The relatively sharp carbide edges enhance steering on harder icy surfaces. The carbide tips and segments reduce wear

Surgical instruments

It is also used for making surgical instruments meant for open surgery (scissors, forceps, hemostats, blade-handles, etc.) and laparoscopic surgery (graspers, scissors/cutter, needle holder, cautery, etc.). They are much costlier than their stainless-steel counterparts and require delicate handling, but give better performance.

Can Tungsten Carbide Rings ever scratch?

Tungsten carbide can only be scratched or damaged by extreme measures, like abrasion from diamonds or corundum. Consequently, activities that would normally require the removal of conventional wedding bands for their protection can be performed without concern by the wearer of a tungsten carbide wedding band. While extremely strong and scratch-resistant, tungsten carbide is a bit more brittle than traditional metals used in wedding bands.

Forget about RE-POLISHING!!!

Finally, tungsten carbide band is the only jewelry that can be "PERMANENTLY POLISHED". This is another reason to buy a Tungsten carbide wedding band. In couple decades you tungsten band will look the same as when you purchased it. Tungsten carbide bands NEVER NEED RE-POLISHING for as long as you own it.

Can the TUNGSTEN RING be RE-SIZED?

This is a very important question to answer unless, of course, you don't plan on ever losing or gaining weight for the rest of your life.

Titanium can be re-sized, however, it is a very difficult and more expensive process. Tungsten, on the other hand, is impossible to re-size as it is TOO HART metal. Therefore, choosing the proper ring size is VERY IMPORTANT. A good idea is to get a ring seizer for an accurate measurement of your size. It is recommended that you take several measurements at different times and average out what size your finger is, as it will vary slightly for some people throughout the course of the day.

Why choose tungsten?

If you work on the construction site and you are hard on your jewelry, you may often hit your wedding band and find a number of dents and scratches on your jewelry. There is a couple of ways to prevent this: either find another job, which is crazy in current economy J, or find a more durable material for your wedding band. Thus, I strongly suggest you to consider wearing Tungsten carbide wedding bands. TUNGSTEN CARBIDE is one of the MOST DURABLE metals in the world. Tungsten Rings are a REVOLUTIONARY BREAKTHROUGH in jewelry technology. It is DENT and SCRATCH RESISTANT. This metal is very heavy also so you’ll like wearing a solid and virtually EVERLASTING metal. Tungsten carbide jewelry is the most wear resistant jewelry in the world. Tungsten carbide is 10 times as hard as 18Kt gold, 5 times as hard as steel, and 4 times as hard as titanium. Tungsten carbide is

How to choose the RIGHT SIZE of the tungsten carbide band?

When ordering a tungsten carbide ring, the best way to determine the right size is to visit a jeweler to have your finger professionally measured. Due to the fact that tungsten carbide bands are made in comfort fit design, you will have a try on comfort fit rings when sizing to get the correct ring size. However, if you use the ring size of a band ring you currently own, you should pay attention to whether it is a comfort fit band or not. A comfort fit band ring is curved on the inside so the surface that the ring is touching your finger is less. Therefore, for the same ring size, a comfort-fit band ring might feel larger than a straight-fit ring. If you currently own a non-comfort-fit wedding ring, the recommendation is to order half size down when ordering a tungsten carbide ring.

To find your RING SIZE QUICKLY, or to find someone else's ring size, use our RING SIZE FINDER document. Here's how: Download the Amazon Ring Size Finder PDF file, print it and follow the instructions.
For the most accurate ring size measurements, visit any jeweler.

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JoBlack11 3 years ago Author

I believe there are more pros of Tungsten bands than cons.


Grumpster 2 years ago

Lots of spelling and grammar mistakes in this article. Do a little proof reading.


Matt 18 months ago

The reason Tungsten carbide rings could be dangerous is because in most cases doctors would need to get a ring off is when you have edema and your finger is starting to swell out of control. In those cases it is important to be able to remove a finger.


Caleb 16 months ago

Tungsten carbide rings are not dangerous. Just look at Wikipedia. http://tiny.cc/tungsten-carbide-rings - If your ring finger swells and you can't lube the ring off, it simply will crack off with proper tooling.


Joey 16 months ago

They forgot to mention that tungsten is brittle, so if it drops it could break


RubyHeart 13 months ago

The article says,

"Cheap tungsten is made with cobalt which is used in light bulb filaments. You want to find tungsten with a nickel alloy."

But it also says,

"It's hypoallergenic so if you have any allergies, it won't happen with tungsten."

These two sentences are contradictory. The tungsten alone might be hypoallergenic, but once it is combined with nickel, the hypoallergenic quality goes out the window. The vast majority of people with metal sensitivities are allergic to nickel. I am one of them.

If the only two possible alloys are cobalt – a carcinogen – and nickel – an allergen – then it would seem a tungsten ring is not a good choice for me.


Harry 7 months ago

Tungsten Ring is comfortable in all way. In-fact for men, i think in near future it will become a tradition to wear a tungsten ring on their wedding day. Even a simple tungsten ring looks so stylish. So i would suggest everyone for this : https://madtungsten.com.au/

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