Essex, FL (PressExposure) July 24, 2009 -- One of the most popular yet recently introduced wedding rings today are tungsten rings. The reason why tungsten rings became popular is because of their natural durability which are rarely found in other wedding rings such as gold, which relies on nickel for strength. What other reasons gave the ring its rise in popularity when it comes to wedding rings? One apparent reason for its rise in the market is because of its principal uses, mainly on heavy machinery applications.
Tungsten is remarkable for its robust physical properties, especially the fact that it has the highest melting point among all the non-alloyed metals and the second highest of all the elements after carbon. Because it retains its strength at high temperatures and has a high melting point, elemental tungsten is used in many high-temperature applications, such as in light bulbs, cathode-ray tubes, vacuum tube filaments, heating elements, and rocket engine nozzles.
The hardness and density of tungsten are applied in obtaining heavy metal alloys. A good example is high speed steel, which may contain as much as 18% tungsten. Superalloys containing tungsten, such as Hastelloy and Stellite, are used in turbine blades and wear-resistant parts and coatings. Applications requiring its high density include heat sinks, weights, counterweights, ballast keels for yachts, tail ballast for commercial aircraft, and as ballast in race cars for NASCAR and Formula One.
The reason why tungsten became popular with jewelry is because its density is similar to that of gold. Thus allowing tungsten to be used in jewelry as an alternative to gold or platinum. There are many other reasons for this. It became ideal as a wedding ring when jewelers found out that tungsten rings usually resist scratching, which are very common for wedding rings. Another is that the ring never needs any polishing, which is perfect for designs with a brushed finish.
What made it really popular is that tungsten rings are some of the few wedding rings that rarely causes any kind of skin rashes, allergies, or irritation. Compared to gold, which is said to cause the majority of jewelry related skin allergies and irritations, tungsten rings are known for their hypoallergenic composition. This makes them perfect as wedding rings, or simple rings for people with sensitive skins.