Essex, Florida (PressExposure) June 12, 2009 -- There have been many kinds of metal used for jewelry, particularly in wedding rings. The most popular types include gold, platinum, and white gold. Some use silver. However, when it comes to wedding rings, many kinds of metal have been initially selected because of their toughness. Unfortunately, of these supposedly strong metals, many would show drawbacks only after being worn for several years. One popular example of this is platinum. Though at first, it would look luxurious than other forms of metals because of its silvery-white features, platinum would usually lose its whiteness due to years of wear or develop a hazy patina (though its whiteness can be restored by re-applying thin plates of rhodium).
Now, jewelers have tried to find another metal that would provide the everlasting effect the couples are looking for. One candidate that jewelers have only come to realize recently is tungsten. In fact, tungsten jewelry is so new that only a number of jewelry shops have a collection. Other stores still prefer the traditional types of jewelry over tungsten jewelry.
However, those that do showcase tungsten highlight tungsten rings. This is because those who are familiar with tungsten know that the tungsten ring possesses durability and toughness that surpass even that of platinum and gold. It is also known to be highly resistant to scratches and denting compared to other traditional metals. Unfortunately, because it was only introduced a couple of years ago, many couples are still having second thoughts about the idea of a tungsten ring. Who could blame them? Before they were considered for jewelry, very few people were familiar with tungsten.
Tungsten, also known as wolfram, is a chemical element that appears in the periodic table as W. A steel-gray metal, it is found in several ores, including wolframite and scheelite. It is remarkable for its robust physical properties, especially because it has the highest melting point of all the non-alloyed metals and the second highest of all the elements next to carbon. Common applications of tungsten before it was considered for jewelry include being part of light bulb filaments, rocket engine nozzles, cutting tools, ballast, weights, counterweights, armor piercing ammunitions, and more.
Because of the wide range of uses of tungsten, particularly with heavy duty applications, plus the fact that it has a hypoallergenic composition and lustrous shine when maintained, many jewelers have come to consider its benefits particularly when used as a wedding ring. This is the reason why many jewelers are confident that tungsten made wedding rings will be able to last as long as the relationship of the marrying couples.