3724 Ashwood Drive Essex, FL (PressExposure) May 12, 2009 -- One of the most popular types of wedding rings today are tungsten wedding bands. Tungsten is one of the newly introduced materials for wedding rings. Many jewelers have come to use the material for its benefits, especially with the traditional understanding that wedding rings are reflections of the relationship shared by two people in marriage.
Tungsten as metal
Tungsten is one of the strongest known metals around. It is remarkable for its robust physical properties, especially the fact that it has the highest melting point of all the non-alloyed metals and the second highest of all the elements after carbon. The pure form is used mainly in electrical applications, but its many compounds and alloys are used in many applications, most notably in light bulb filaments, X-ray tubes (as both the filament and target), and superalloys.
Tungsten as wedding ring
Because of its durability, tungsten has been used as the main catalyst for wedding rings. Because wedding rings are worn everyday, even at work or on rigorous activities, jewelers have been looking for the perfect material that wonât only provide a tougher wedding ring, but also offer a stylish finish. Tungsten, along with titanium, is among the many materials used today for that reason. Its density, similar to that of gold, allows tungsten to be used in jewelry as an alternative to gold or platinum. Its hardness makes it ideal for tungsten wedding bands that will resist scratching and denting. It's also known for its hypoallergenic compound, perfect for sensitive skins. Also, it will not need polishing, which is especially useful in tungsten wedding bands with a brushed finish.
Although tungsten is tough, it isn't as tough as platinum. Tungsten is still vulnerable to scratches, especially from other forms of metal. This said, jewelers found another material that could solve that problem, and that is by using carbon alloy.
Tungsten as Tungsten Carbide
Tungsten carbide can now be found in the inventory of some jewelers, most notably as the primary material in men's wedding bands. When used in this application the bands appear with a lustrous dark hue often buffed to a mirror finish. The color is more similar to that of hematite than to that of platinum. The finish is highly resistant to scratches and scuffs, holding its mirror-like shine for years.