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Tungsten Ring Info A site about Tungsten Rings

5Jan/110

So what is a Tungsten Ring?

So what is a Tungsten Ring?  How does it vary from other precious metal rings that have been around for 1000's of years?

Well, imagine wearing a ring that is permanently polished, they will always look brand new!

Tungsten Rings have an amazing, permanently polished look.  They make excellent wedding bands, promise rings, engagement rings, or just awesome pieces of durable jewelry.   The manufacturing process is quite extraordinary.  The Tungsten and Carbide powders are forged together at about 2400 degrees fahrenheit, to form a ring blank.  The ring black is then machined into the desired shape, channels are cut, and the comfort fit interior of the rings is ground using very strong, powerful, diamond grinding and polishing tools.  Afterword the ring will be polished using a powerful diamond compound that involves several finishing steps.  The result will be a ring that looks polished, forever.   Tungsten rings offer an amazing combination of strength and style!

Why Tungsten Carbide?

Tungsten is the only element found on earth that can be permanently polished.  The polish and finish can be as strong as your bond to each other, 20, 30, 40, even 50 years!  With traditional metals such as gold or platinum (heck, even titanium) you will see varying degrees of wear.  Scratching, denting, and even bending.  However, with Tungsten Rings, the surface will maintain it's original, polished, strong appearance.

Tungsten Carbide is a heavy material.  It gives the ring a substantial feel, about the same weight as gold.  This is in contrast to the first alternative metal ring, Titanium, which is ultra lightweight, almost to a fault.  I've heard many people tell me that wearing one of those rings almost feels like having a piece of plastic on your hand.  However, there are several people that are fans of the lightweight material - it simply does not have the durability of Tungsten.

So, a summarization of the facts about Tunsten Rings:

  • Tungsten Rings are the most wear resistant rings on the planet
  • Tungsten is roughly 10 times harder than 18K gold, 5 times harder than steel, or about 4 times as hard as titanium.
  • Tungsten Carbide measures between an 8 and a 9 on the mohs hardness scale.  Compare that with a diamond which measures a 10, the hardest material on the planet.
  • Due to the extreme hardness of these rings, they will hold their shape - no bending.
  • Tungsten Rings will remain permanently polished.
  • Yes - Tungsten rings can be removed in the event of an emergency!  (We will post a video of this soon)

A bit more about the manufacturing process:

Tungsten with carbon and other elements are ground into a powder and then compressed with high pressure dies to form a ring blank.

The blank is then fired in an oxygen free furnace at an astounding 6,200 degrees Fahrenheit. This process creates the hardest metal used for making jewelry.

The ring is then cut and shaped using diamond tools with approximately 30 steps required for completion. The cutting and shaping of a tungsten ring is similar in many ways to the cutting and polishing of a rough diamond.

Tungsten rings inlaid with gold, silver, platinum or mokume gane are created by grinding a channel in the center of the ring and precisely "swedging" the metal into the channel under extreme pressure.

The ring is then skillfully polished with diamond polishing tools and wheels creating a permanent luster and polish not possible with other metals.

A Tungsten Carbide ring will remain polished forever, and is scratch resistant. It is a unique metal that epitomizes today's man more than any other.

Is there a difference between Tungsten and Tungsten Carbide?

YES!  There is a significant difference between Tungsten and Tungsten Carbide.  Tungsten is a naturally occurring element that is very heavy and strong, but it does not have the scratch resistant properties displayed by Tungsten Carbide.  Although most jewelry shops and retailers of these rings will refer to them as Tungsten Rings, most of them are in fact selling Tungsten Carbide Rings.  Be leary of rings that have a material stamp on the inside that says "Tungsten", or that have company logos, what you want your Tungsten Ring to say on the inside is "Tungsten Carbide".  If the ring is just simply a Tungsten Ring, you are basically purchasing a ring that is about as strong as plain steel. 

What is the difference between Nickle and Cobalt binders?

Some manufacturers will use Cobalt to bind the Tungsten and Carbide together to make their Tungsten Ring blank.  Cobalt is an easier material to work with, however in combination with Tungsten and Carbide is does not make a good binding agent.  Although Cobalt has many useful purposes in jewelry, using it as a binder for Tungsten Carbide jewelry.  It can actually have a negative reaction with your skin over time.  Also, a Tungsten Carbide ring containing Cobalt may develop oxidation spots over time that will not be able to be removed.  To solve this problem reputable manufacturers of  Tungsten Rings will use a nickel binder.  Although the nickel binder is harder for the manufacturer to work with, it results in a much better finished product that will not react with your skin like Cobalt will.