About Tungsten Jewelry
Tungsten jewelry. It’s low maintenance. It’s tough. It’s affordable.
How Tungsten Metal Becomes Tungsten Jewelry
Tungsten is a hard and dense metal, with a high melting point; science and geology buffs might recognize it as W on the periodic table of elements. However, when it is combined with carbon alloy, it transforms into tungsten carbide (WC): one of the coolest metals on the jewelry market. Because this is relatively new metal to be used in jewelry, some common misspelling of “tungsten” are tungston, tungstan, tungstein and tungstin. The proper composition of tungsten carbide to have in a wedding ring is about 85%, which is the purity level of all tungsten carbide rings carried by us. This optimal purity level gives the metal the most scratch resistant. Any more, the ring will become too brittle and any less, the metal will become too soft.
Thorsten and Benchmark Rings’ unique formula of tungsten carbide allows our tungsten rings to be both visually stunning and incredibly durable for years of everyday use. Washing dishes? Working in the yard? You don’t need to remove your tungsten ring to protect its finish or because it’s uncomfortable. Tungsten carbide is four times harder than titanium and twice as hard as steel, so tungsten jewelry is virtually scratch-proof. And because our tungsten rings and tungsten wedding bands are comfort-fit, you won’t ever have a reason to take it off.
Tungsten vs. Titanium
Many people think Tungsten and Titanium are very similar metals, but in reality they are actually very different. If you were to hold a tungsten ring and a titanium ring in your hands, the first thing you would notice is the weight. Titanium is very light weight. It feels as if the ring were made of plastic, many people do not believe they are holding a metal object. Tungsten, on the other hand, is a very dense metal. It feels as if you are holding a gold ring. Many people prefer the weight and heft of tungsten because they feel that their wedding ring should be something strong and heavy feeling. After all, one of the reasons people cherish platinum is because it also has a heavy weight. A difference between the metals that is not noticeable immediately is that tungsten is very hard, so it is very difficult for a tungsten ring to get scratched. In fact it is the hardest metal on earth, only non-metals such as diamonds are harder than tungsten. Titanium is about 4 times less hard than tungsten. It is quite easy to scratch a titanium ring. One drawback of tungsten being so hard, is the metal does not bend. If enough force is applied the ring can crack or break, whereas titanium will bend out of shape. This is why we offer a free replacement warranty on our tungsten rings if breakage should occur.
Why is Tungsten and Tungsten Carbide used throughout your site?
All of the tungsten rings on our website are made of 85% pure tungsten carbide. We do not carry rings made of 100% pure tungsten, as they would basically turn to powder without carbon to alloy. Throughout our website we use the words tungsten and tungsten carbide interchangeably. This is because often times having to say “tungsten carbide wedding bands” is a bit of a mouth full and we, as well as other retailers, just write “tungsten” to mean “tungsten carbide”. It is like saying “Coke” instead of “Coca-Cola”.
Women’s Tungsten Rings Get a Popularity Boost
Tungsten rings are traditionally more popular for men, who enjoy their strength and commanding style. However, tungsten rings for women boast the same durability but in a wide range of delicate, feminine designs. Take a look at our tungsten rings for both men and women; many are available with stylish textures, precious metal inlays, diamond settings and custom engravings.
Tungsten is a naturally light grayish colored metal, similar to stainless steel. Recently, people have come to appreciate black colored rings, such as onyx or black ceramic. These materials are non-metallic. There are many people who like the black color, but still prefer their wedding rings to be made out of metal. Black tungsten combines the strength and weight of tungsten with the beautiful black color of onyx. The black material is a titanium alloy coating that is applied to the surface of the ring by shooting atomic particles at extremely high speeds, so high that the particles embed themselves into the surface of the tungsten ring. This process is called ion vapor deposition (IVD), or Ion Plating for short. This type of plating process creates the most durable coating and is used in many industrial applications. While the coating is tough and not easily scratched off, it is not as scratch resistant as the tungsten ring itself, because it is a titanium based material. Depending on the individual’s lifestyle, the black coating can wear off over time.