Facts, Myths, Pros and Cons of Tungsten Rings

Posted by drclintcornellpac on September 4th, 2015

Part 1. Facts and Myths about Tungsten Rings:

There are a lot of misconceptions about the tungsten rings especially among people who’ve never used them; and hence those who are planning to buy, often get misguided. And because this is a new trend in the market, there isn’t much information available for the satisfaction of the potential customers. Gold and silver jewelers are often the ones who don’t have proper information on this topic and hence mislead the people. Following are some of the misconceptions about tungsten jewelry, and their answers.

Misconception # 1:Tungsten rings are difficult to remove in case of injuries and the finger have to be cut down for removing it.

Clarification: Tungsten is a dense material and it doesn’t deform, damage or harm the fingers during accidents. Medically, it’s easier to remove tungsten rings after injuries as compared to gold, silver and platinum. Unlike gold and silver, tungsten doesn’t deform to cause problems. There are many videos available on the web on this issue.

Misconception # 2: Nickel or cobalt are the bad thing about tungsten carbide rings.

Clarification: Naturally, tungsten is an ore which doesn’t provide the shine that people like so it can’t be used in rings in pure form. In reality, the rings which are generally referred to as tungsten rings, are actually tungsten carbide rings – which is a carbon plus tungsten compound. To achieve strength, comfort and beauty together – tungsten ore has to be mixed with binders at high temperature. So, nickel or cobalt are one of these binders which is used majorly because of its color keeping property.

Misconception # 3: These aren’t for women.

Clarification: Women can like the same qualities of tungsten carbide rings which men like. The beauty combined with the strength – why won’t a woman like it? And because the rings can be custom designed, there’s no reason that a woman can’t wear it.

Misconception # 4: These can’t be destroyed.

Clarification: Well, yes – let’s be honest here. There’s no reason to lie for marketing or advertisement purposes, but tungsten rings aren’t unbreakable. Although it’s hard, scratch resistant, and doesn’t bend easily. But if sufficient force is applied, they can break. Moreover, there’s no such thing as pure tungsten carbide ring. As mentioned above, something like nickel or cobalt has to be used for binding. Ideally, these rings can be 85% tungsten carbide.

Part 2. Pros and Cons of Tungsten Rings:

Pros (Advantages):

  • It’s durable and long lasting. Good for those who’ve a tough job.
  • Low maintenance cost. Unlike gold, etc. frequent polishing isn’t required.
  • Affordable and budget friendly, but still exotic.
  • Tungsten rings are hypoallergenic and good for those who’ve allergies from other metals, or have a sensitive skin.
  • These are available in different colors which include gray, black and white.

Cons (Disadvantages):

  • Heavier in weight as compared to titanium. Tungsten matches the weight of platinum.
  • In case you gain some weight, you can’t get your ring re-adjusted or re-sized. Make sure to ask your dealer about the lifetime guarantee so that you can get it replaced in case it doesn’t fit at some stage in life.
  • Traditional engraving is difficult, however laser engravings are possible and popular – which are unique and cool.
  • People who’ve allergy from nickel or cobalt, can have problems.

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