Essex, Florida (PressExposure) July 13, 2009 -- Other than gold and platinum jewelries, tungsten jewelry has become a very popular choice for wedding rings. This is because of tungsten jewelries possess features that are rarely found on other forms of jewelry, one of which is their durability.
We all know that wedding rings symbolize the relationship shared by the marrying couples. However, wedding rings are also the only jewelries prone to damages unlike other jewelries.take off their wedding rings, except during rare occasions when jewelries are required to be taken off such as insurgical operations and/or during airport security inspections. This is because people rarely
Because of this, jewelers are constantly looking for materials that could endure years as well as the damages usually associated with daily wear and tear. One of the many metals used for this included tungsten, now used to make tungsten jewelry. So what qualities did the jewelers found with tungsten that made them believe that it is tougher than gold and platinum?
Tungsten Vs Gold and Platinum
Other than in jewelries, particularly wedding rings, gold and platinum have been used for currency such as coins. Gold has been known to be chemically unaffected by air, moisture, and the most corrosive reagents. This is the reason why it is well-suited for use in coins and jewelry. On the other hand, platinum is a precious metal commodity. Its bullion has the ISO currency code of XPT. Platinum finds use in jewelry, usually as a 90-95% alloy, due to its inertness and shine.
Tungsten, in contrast, isn't used for those kinds of applications. Tungsten is usually found on heavy machineries as well as in a simple light bulb. Tungsten is known to possess the highest melting point in all non-alloyed metals. This is the reason why it's used as a filament for light bulbs and rocket engine nozzles. Other than its high temperature applications, tungsten is also popular as a high speed metal which is typically found with metal cutters.
Because of its density, which is similar to that of gold, tungsten jewelry is considered by many professionals as the perfect alternative to gold and platinum. Its hardness makes it ideal as a wedding ring because it's known to resist scratches and corrosion. Another advantage of tungsten is its hypoallergenic composition which is rare with the majority of jewelry. Gold causes skin irritations because of the nickel found in the material. Platinum is also said to cause allergies mainly because of the nickel found with its composition, though majority of today's platinum-based wedding rings are composed of palladium which is the perfect alternative to nickel.