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Tungsten Jewelry VS Gold in Mens Jewelry

Updated on August 13, 2012

Traditionally, men’s jewelry like wedding bands and rings were made from gold and later platinum caught up a little fancy. Only in the recent years, Men’s tungsten jewelry has entered the fashion industry and is fast catching as a style trend. The versatility of tungsten has made it a hot favorite amongst current fashion designers. This metal is strong and resilient and has an ever lasting mirror finish. It is corrosion resistant and does not fade or tarnish easily. Tungsten is the second hardest element (Diamond leads the list) with a ranking of 8.5 to 9 on Moh’s hardness scale. Its virtually untarnished image leaves you with jewelry for a lifetime that looks as new as you had first brought it even after decades of use.

Men’s Gold Jewelry

Gold jewelry is normally considered as a woman’s world or is believed to best suit the older generation. The younger generation prefers more subtle jewelry like stainless steel or diamond, and now opts for the current rage tungsten jewelry. Gold jewelry is comparatively the costliest among metals. They can be easily scratched and get faded over time. They need to be polished regularly to maintain the shine. Being a soft metal, gold needs to be mixed with other metals such as nickel to be converted into strong jewelry. Many people develop an allergy to the gold jewelry mainly due to the nickel content.

Men’s Tungsten jewelry

Good quality tungsten jewelry has a brilliant mirror finish and is slightly darker in color when compared to platinum. Lesser quality tungsten would be darker and grainy and is best avoided. Jewelry made from tungsten is more durable to constant use even during outdoor activities like water sports and does not loose its shine by sweating or continuous skin contact. Tungsten rings are heavy and masculine and are a perfect match for men’s jewelry. The cool steely color can be offset with white gold, diamonds and other precious stones. This attention grabbing stylish men’s jewelry will win you a lot of hearts. Originally, tungsten too is a slightly soft material and is combined with carbon to form tungsten carbide, the indestructible metal. Men’s tungsten jewelry is normally made of out this tungsten carbide..

Tungsten vs Gold in men’s jewelry

Men’s gold jewelry look worn out after a couple of years of continuous use, while the mirror finish of tungsten jewelry will usually last a lifetime. Tungsten is ten times harder than gold and hence, unlike gold it will never change its form or shape over years. Over a period of time, gold jewelry need to be “reshaped”, while the shape of tungsten jewelry remains unchanged forever. People who are allergic to gold or platinum can easily wear tungsten without any problem. When compared to men’s gold jewelry, men’s tungsten jewelry are cheaper. A plain tungsten ring would begin at a price of about $50 while the same ring in gold could easily start at $300 - $400. Gold prices fluctuate while the tungsten price remains more or less the same.

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      4 years ago

      I LOVE IT

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      7 years ago

      Tungsten is beautiful and the durability is unparalleled. Highly suggest for a basic long lasting accessory.

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      7 years ago

      In comparison to gold wedding bands, tungsten wedding bands are so much more reasonable in cost and they last longer! I found mine at

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      8 years ago from Far Far Away...

      Thanks bladesofgrass!!

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      8 years ago from The Fields of Iowa

      Great hub! I prefer the look of Tungsten over gold and so does my bf apparently, as he has been looking at them for months.


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