Essex, Florida (PressExposure) June 24, 2009 -- Many have said that tungsten wedding bands are the new gold when it comes to wedding rings. This is because tungsten is known to have the same density as that of gold, even though it is tougher and more durable when it comes to retaining its metallic gray luster.
Some jewelers have also made comparative studies between tungsten and platinum. According to these studies, although platinum is stronger, more durable, and much better at holding out its luster than gold, it is still inferior to tungsten in terms of durability and strength.
As a matter of fact, the only competition that tungsten wedding bands have are the titanium rings.
Titanium, just like tungsten, is a newcomer in the world of wedding rings. The same as with the latter, titanium is also significantly stronger and more durable than platinum and gold. In fact, before it was even considered as a material for jewelry, titanium is already being used for heavy duty applications such as alloys for jet engines, missiles, and spacecraft. It is even used widely in the military as well as in the medical field for surgical purposes such as in dental or orthopedic implants. Because it is incredibly strong yet amazingly light, titanium is considered as the "space age metal". These are the reasons why jewelers have taken to like this lustrous, silver-colored, corrosion-resistant transition metal.
Tungsten, on the other hand, is known for its high temperature and high speed applications. Several applications in which tungsten is known for include filaments for light bulbs, cathode-ray tubes, vacuum tube filaments, heating elements, and rocket engine nozzles. Other known applications are in turbine blades and wear-resistant parts and coatings. For military purposes, tungsten can be used for cannon shells, grenades and missiles to create supersonic shrapnel.
Difference of Titanium and Tungsten for wedding rings
Both materials are known for their heavy duty applications, even in the military. However, when it comes to jewelry, things get more complicated between the two. Because of their features, metallic gray and silvery color and luster, titanium and tungsten are said to be perfect as a man's wedding ring. Though titanium is strong, durable, and comes with a natural luster, its light weight becomes a disadvantage. This is because, for some people, the weight of a jewelry conveys a sense of luxury, especially when accentuating the masculinity of a man. Tungsten, on the other hand, is bulkier and heavier compared to titanium.
Another advantage of tungsten wedding bands over other types of ring is its hypoallergenic nature. Compared to other wedding rings such as platinum and gold, tungsten does not cause skin irritations and allergic reactions due to nickel. Its hypoallergenic composition is perfect for people with sensitive skins.