Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Fantastic Variety of Tungsten Rings

By Henrietta Baw

Tungsten rings are a superior choice for anyone who values high quality jewelry that will last a lifetime. This is because of the visual aesthetic appeal and virtually indestructible design. Why would anyone settle for alternatives such as silver rings, gold rings, or platinum rings when tungsten has all of the best properties you can find anywhere?

Tungsten is an extremely strong metal. It has the highest melting point of any known pure metal (3,422 degrees Celsius), and it has one of the highest tensile strengths of all metals. Types of Tungsten Used to Create Wedding Bands: Tungsten is alloyed (mixed) with other metals to increase it's strength and durability before it is formed into rings.

Tungsten carbide is the latest cutting-edge metal to reach the jewelry market. Our tungsten rings and wedding bands have a brilliant high polish and/or a fabulous brush finish. We offer hundreds of options including black tungsten carbide rings, tungsten rings with inlays, tungsten carbide with diamonds, and faceted tungsten carbide rings.

What is the difference between tungsten rings and tungsten carbide rings? There is a great deal of confusion regarding the differences between a tungsten ring and a tungsten carbide ring. Both terms describe the same wonderful product. Why are we confusing the ring world by using two terms? In actuality, all of these rings and wedding bands have at their core a material know as tungsten carbide.

It is a wide misconception that tungsten rings cannot be easily removed in an emergency, but due to the unique properties of tungsten the rings can be 'cracked' off using vice-grip locking pliers or regular jeweler's tools. Tungsten wedding rings are very affordable, even inlaid pieces come with a low price tag. Make sure that you know what type of metal the tungsten has been alloyed with. Avoid tungsten engagement rings or wedding rings made with cobalt. As tungsten rings cannot be resized or repaired, check to see if the company has any warranties on the ring in case you need a different size or if damage occurs to the ring in the future.

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