Essex, Florida (PressExposure) July 20, 2009 -- There have been many kinds of metals used for wedding rings today. Some have passed the tests put up by jewelers, and some have not. One of the most recent wedding rings today are tungsten carbide rings. Unlike silver, copper, brass, and other cheaper metals that are not good enough to be used for wedding rings, tungsten carbide is one of the few that can be considered among the most successful metals used for wedding rings because of its durability.
The properties that jewelers would always look at with jewelry are its density, inertness, and most particularly its shine. However, when it come to wedding rings, its toughness and durability, along with its luster, are the key elements that jewelers are looking for. This is because unlike other forms of jewelry, wedding rings are prone to damages due to its daily wear. Scratches, scuffs, abrasions, and denting are some of the usual damages that jewelers are trying to avoid with wedding rings.
Though there are materials known for their durability and known to resist a number of scratches, jewelers are still looking for the kind of material that could provide the durability and strength that couples are looking for. One of the two materials that fit that description is tungsten carbide. So what made jewelers think that tungsten carbide is the perfect ring for that description?
Aside from its use in tungsten carbide rings, tungsten carbide is also known for its use in a number of applications, one in particular is its use in heavy machinery. Carbide cutting surfaces are often used for machining through materials such as carbon or stainless steel, as well as in situations where other tools would wear away, such as high-quantity production runs. Most of the time, carbide will leave a better finish on the part, and allow faster machining. Tungsten carbide is also often used in armor-piercing ammunition, especially where depleted uranium is not available or not politically acceptable.
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, tungsten carbide rings 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.