3724 Ashwood Drive Essex, Florida (PressExposure) April 13, 2009 -- Because of the growing industry of jewelries, the selection of materials used in making wedding rings has become more varied than ever. Today, in addition to traditional gold and platinum, wedding rings can be made from nickel silver; stainless steel; palladium; and more recently, even titanium and tungsten.
Though both have just been recently introduced into the market and are apparently receiving a lot of popularity from couples, there are significant differences between a tungsten ring and a titanium ring. This article will discuss these so-called differences and the factors that make titanium and tungsten rings more attractive than other types of rings. The first difference is that titanium was largely popularized through media. Tungsten was not. A lot of movies were shown that specifically mentioned titanium as the strongest known metal around. This idea made a lot of couples think that a wedding ring made of titanium is the perfect way to symbolize the strength and longevity of a relationship.
Secondly, titanium is indeed considered as the strongest light-weight alloy of all the precious metals. It has a low density; a lustrous texture; a silver pigmentation; and the ability to strongly resist corrosion. Tungsten, on the other hand, did not receive the same popularity as titanium. Yet, it is known to be the one of the toughest non-alloyed metals around. It has the highest melting point of all the non-alloyed metals and the second highest of all the elements after carbon. Because it retains its hardness at high temperatures and the fact that it has a very high melting point, elemental tungsten is used in many high-temperature applications or structures such as engine nozzles in rockets. In today's industry of jewelry, tungsten is considered as a perfect alternative to gold and platinum, because it possesses the density of a gold and the hardness of platinum.
As a tungsten ring it has a finer finish than titanium. It also has a higher resistance to beatings and scratches. In fact, by adding carbon alloy, a tungsten ring can possess a high gloss mirror-like finish which makes it a popular choice for a man's wedding ring. Because it is denser and heavier than titanium, the tungsten ring also gives a more luxurious feel to it than a titanium ring.