Are Tungsten Rings A Good Choice In Alternative Metals?
April 8, 2012
Many prospective buyers of tungsten rings, choose this alternative metal, because they are looking for a contemporary style that distances themselves from the traditional look of yellow gold. There are of course other metals that can do that. For instance…
Pros: If you want a lighter colored metal, white gold is an option. While natural gold is yellow, white gold is created by combining the natural gold with other elements, usually nickel, manganese or palladium. The finished product is then most often coated, or plated with rhodium (sometimes known as flashing) .
Cons: To keep the white gold from yellowing, the “flashing” process will have to be repeated at least once a year, so as to keep its white appearance. White gold is extremely soft and will easily scratch or lose its shine, so regular maintenance and polishing is often required to keep its showroom appearance.
Pros: A dense and durable precious metal that is twice as hard to chip or scratch as white gold. Platinum has a beautiful lustrous white shine.
Cons: Only half as hard as mens tungsten wedding bands. Over time platinum will inevitably scratch and need professional polishing and attention to retain showroom shine. additionally, platinum is definitely one of the higher priced choices of metal.
Pros: This metal has the highest ratio between strength and density of all metallic materials and is extremely light weight. Its gunmetal gray appearance makes it highly desirable to contemporary jewelry lovers.
Cons: Due to its lightweight feel, if the fit has loosened, some wearers have lost their ring without knowing. Due to the extreme density of the metal, re-sizing can also be very difficult/impossible. However many reputable retailers have a reasonable re-sizing exchange policy if your ring size should ever change. Be sure to ask ahead of time.
Pros: Tungsten is the only rare and exotic metal (with the exception of cobalt chrome) that can be permanently polished. With gold, platinum and even titanium rings you will get varying degrees of scratching and acquired imperfections. Tungsten is so highly scratch resistant, this will never happen, it maintains its showroom appearance for the life of the ring. Tungsten is also highly affordable, with some styles beginning at only $99.
Cons: Due to tungsten wedding bands hardness, re-sizing is not an option, however many reputable tungsten retailers have a reasonable re-sizing exchange policy if your ring size should ever change, so be sure to ask ahead of time. Unlike the lightness of titanium, tungsten is heavy and some who are unaccustomed to wearing jewelry may need time to adjust to the weighty feel.
Hope This Helps
Tungsten wedding bands are a great choice for the working man who wants an affordable ring, that will maintain its showroom sheen without much maintenance. Clean your ring with a mild soap and warm water, and your tungsten band will shine as bright as the day you bought it.