3724 Ashwood Drive Essex, Florida (PressExposure) April 28, 2009 -- Tungsten is one of the many materials used today to make jewelery. This type of jewelry is commonly used as a main catalyst in making wedding rings for men though some women have also used it as their wedding ring. This is because of its masculine features such as its bulky appearance along with its dark metal gray pigmentation that suits a man's preference in jewelry. But the real reason why tungsten is very popular as a wedding ring is because of its toughness. Tungsten is known to have the highest melting point of all the non-alloyed metals. Tungsten is also known to be tougher than platinum which makes it perfect as a wedding ring.
Disadvantages of tungsten wedding band
Though tungsten is enough to make a sturdy, durable, and luxurious wedding ring, it is still a material vulnerable to some scratches. Though denting isn't an issue to tungsten, coming in contact with other forms of metals from everyday wear may leave some scratches on its surface. Also, wedding rings made from tungsten will eventually lose its luster. Another disadvantage of using tungsten as a main catalyst is its irreparable compound. Jewelers found it very difficult, though possible, to repair a fractured tungsten wedding band. Its toughness that makes it irreparable.
To counter this, jewelers have found another material that would suit the needs of marrying couple's desire for quality wedding rings. Another form of tungsten used as a main catalyst for wedding rings is tungsten carbide. The difference of simple tungsten from tungsten carbide is its properties. Tungsten carbide is a combination of the element tungsten and carbon alloy. By adding carbon, tungsten became tougher, able to hold any kind scratches though scratches from adhesive materials such as diamond cutters would still inflict damages on the material. It also developed a glossy black color buffed to a mirror-like shine which makes it more appropriate as a man's wedding ring. Another great advantage of tungsten wedding band is its hypoallergenic property.
Issue Pertaining to Tungsten Carbide with Cobalt Binders
Many manufacturers of this emerging jewelry material state that the use of a cobalt binder may cause unwanted reactions between the cobalt and the natural oils on human skin. Skin oils cause the cobalt to leach from the material. This is said to cause possible irritation of the skin and permanent staining of the jewelry itself. Many manufacturers now advertise that their jewelry is "cobalt free". This is achieved by replacing the cobalt with nickel as a binder.