Essex, Florida (PressExposure) June 12, 2009 -- Aside from traditionally being exchanged as gifts, the wedding ring is considered as a symbol that signifies the relationship shared by couples. Because of this understanding of the nature of wedding ring, jewelers have sought many ways on how to provide the most durable type of wedding ring. Though wedding rings made from gold and platinum are popular for their stylish and elegant look, they are also very much appreciated because of their toughness. Unfortunately, there are still those that find these rings lacking in terms of the ability to maintain the lustrous and luxurious feature. Platinum, though durable, is said to lose its white luster and develop a hazy patina after years of wear. Gold, on the other hand, may hold its luster for long years of wear, but are susceptible to scratches and denting.
For years, jewelers have searched for the right kind of material that would truly represent the symbol of wedding rings, and that searching lead them to use one of the most durable metals known today. This metal is known as tungsten. Tungsten is one of the few metals used today to make jewelry, especially wedding rings. Because of its durability and its ability to retain its lustrous shine for a longer time, couples have come to appreciate the tungsten ring as a symbol of their long lasting relationship. So what is tungsten before it was known as a tungsten ring?
Nature of Tungsten
Before it was used for jewelry, tungsten was principally used for high temperature applications. This is because, apart from its bulky features, tungsten is known to have the highest melting point of all non-alloyed metals. Tungsten is used in a variety of applications ranging from simple filaments of a light bulb to rocket engine nozzles of jet planes. Aside from high temperature applications, tungsten is also used for high speed steels, or those used for cutting other metals, mainly because of its density and hardness.
For sporting purposes, tungsten is also used as ballast in race cars for NASCAR and Formula 1. It is also used as ballast for commercial aircrafts, keels for yachts, weights, counterweights, and more. Because of its natural durability and wide successful uses for heavy duty applications, jewelers have come to consider its use as jewelry, thus creating tungsten jewelry. Because of this, couples have finally found the perfect wedding ring that could exactly and undoubtedly signify their strong love for each other - a love that would last as long as tungsten.