Essex, Florida (PressExposure) June 03, 2009 -- Some of the most popular types of wedding rings today are tungsten carbide rings. This is because the material's inherent characteristics
such as its durability, affordability, luxurious luster, and hypoallergenic composition coincide with most of the qualities couples are looking for in a ring. Considered as a new comer in the market, tungsten carbide rings quickly became popular all over the world. However, different popular myths have surfaced surrounding the use of tungsten carbide as a form of jewelry. One popular myth is associated with surgical means of removing a tungsten carbide ring.
Removal Of The Actual Finger
One popular myth concerning tungsten carbide rings is that they cannot be removed in the course of emergency medical treatment, requiring the finger to be removed instead. This started when a story circulated about a man rushed in for emergency surgery. Because it is common procedure to take all jewelry off in a surgery, doctors tried to take off the man's ring from his finger but found it very difficult to do so. Doctors tried to use soap and water (or oil in some story) to make the finger slippery enough to get the ring out.
When this failed, doctors then used different tools to cut the ring in half (one story told of a doctor using a hacksaw just to remove the ring). Again, doctors found it very difficult to cut or to even scratch because of its sheer durability and toughness. With time pressuring them, doctors are left with no other choice but to surgically remove the actual ring finger to get the surgery going.
The next morning, the man woke up with a start when he saw that his ring finger is gone. He called the doctor demanding to know what happened to his finger. The doctor showed him his amputated finger, with the ring still attached to it. The doctor said that they couldn't start the surgery unless they take off the ring. However, the ring proved difficult to remove which left them with no other choice but to amputate the finger itself.
This story caused a slight drop to the sales of tungsten carbide jewelry, particularly with tungsten carbide rings. Fortunately, this myth remained a myth when medical practitioners stated that emergency rooms and many full-service jewelry repair shops are equipped with jewelers' saws that can cut through tungsten carbide rings without injuring the hand or finger. An easier way to remove tungsten carbide rings is to use a tool such as vice grip style locking pliers.