Essex, Florida (PressExposure) May 19, 2009 -- There are currently two types of wedding rings that marrying couples are debating on having as their wedding. These are the tungsten wedding rings and tungsten carbide ring. These two wedding rings are similar in terms of the key catalyst used in the ring which is the element tungsten. The difference is when carbon alloy is added on the mixture, producing a new material called tungsten carbide or W2C, which is similar to titanium carbide. So what is the difference between a wedding ring made of tungsten and those made of tungsten carbide? Tungsten Wedding Ring
The main reason why tungsten is used as a main catalyst for wedding rings is because of its durability. Usually used for industrial purposes such as in rocket engine nozzles, cathode-ray tubes, and light-bulbs, tungsten has been proven to have the highest melting point among all metals, even higher than platinum. Unlike gold and platinum wedding rings, tungsten wedding rings are much stronger. A higher quality of gold loses its durability, making it vulnerable to damages, whereas tungsten does not. Tungsten is able to put on a luster or shine that would last for years without jeopardizing its durability. Another reason why tungsten wedding rings are popular is because of the hypoallergenic composition of tungsten. Unlike gold, which could cause skin irritations to sensitive skin, tungsten does not cause any form of skin irritation making it a perfect wedding ring for people who have sensitive skins. Though tungsten alone is strong, it is still vulnerable to scratches and damages like any other metal. Tungsten gained its extreme durability by being combined with carbon, transforming it to tungsten carbide.
Tungsten Carbide Wedding Rings
Tungsten carbide, like tungsten, is commonly used for industrial purposes, but with much higher capability. Tungsten carbide is used as a cutting tool for other hard metals such as carbon steel and stainless steel. It is also used in military for armor-piercing ammunition used in tanks. In jewelry, tungsten carbide is used because of its durability. A tungsten carbide ring is said to be four times harder than titanium, twice as hard as steel and almost impossible to scratch. Other than that, because of tungsten's hypoallergenic composition, a tungsten carbide ring is also the perfect wedding ring for sensitive skins. Tungsten also developed 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 also highly resistant to scratches and scuffs, holding its mirror-like shine for years.