Essex, Florida (PressExposure) May 29, 2009 -- There are many kinds of precious metals used for jewelry today that were initially thought to be "unnatural". One of these popular precious metals that was once regarded as an unnatural choice for jewelries is tungsten. Tungsten jewelry, particularly the tungsten ring, is becoming more and more popular because of the benefits that people could get from it. Why? What possible reasons do jewelers have for considering tungsten as a precious metal? Before looking at tungsten's popular applications today, consider first what tungsten was principally used for prior to being utilized as raw material for jewelry. Principal Use of Tungsten
Before it was used as jewelry, particularly as tungsten ring, tungsten was used for heavy duty and high temperature applications. Because of its density and inherent high melting point, tungsten was popularly used for applications such as these:
* High Temperature Applications:
o light bulb
o cathode-ray tube
o vacuum tube filaments
o heating elements
o rocket engine nozzles
o gas tungsten arc welding process
* Heavy Duty Applications:
o Cutting tools for o ther metals
o turbine blades
o heat sinks
o ballast keels for yachts
o tail ballast for commercial aircraft
o ballast in race cars for NASCAR and Formula 1
These are some of the many industrial applications tungsten was popularly used for - applications which most people are understandably not familiar with, but more importantly, applications that attest to the toughness of the said metal. It is because of this unique toughness that jewelers were inspired to consider using tungsten in jewelry, particularly in wedding rings. The metal's toughness can ensure that the wedding ring is durable enough to endure daily wear. In contrast to other strong metals such as platinum and gold, tungsten is the least expensive.
Though platinum can withstand a number of beatings and gold could also be durable enough, platinum are too expensive and gold can loose its quality with higher durability. Jewelers have solved this problem through using tungsten. Tungsten as Precious Metal
So what good does tungsten do as jewelry? Through its principal uses, tungsten is known for its durability. Metallurgists even consider tungsten as the strongest known metal around in terms of melting point and density. Because of this, jewelry such as wedding rings is capable of withstanding a number of beatings and scratches due to daily wear. Also, because of its affordability, which is almost half the price of platinum, people are allowed access to durable yet stylish tungsten ring. But other than its durability and affordability, tungsten is also known for its hypoallergenic composition which is unlike gold that could cause skin irritation for sensitive skin.
Disadvantages of Tungsten
Though durable, tungsten is still vulnerable to a number of scratches, particularly with other metals. Unlike gold and platinum, tungsten is much more difficult to repair when fractured. When this happens, jewelers would sometimes recommend for it to be replaced with a new one.