Monday, January 16, 2012

Black Tungsten Make Excellent Wedding Bands for Women

By Marisa Tingley

When it comes to men's rings, long lasting, durable and maintenance free tungsten rings are the clear choice. Second only to diamonds in hardness, tungsten rings are cut and polished using the same tools reserved for the hardest precious stones.

Many jewelers would like to dissuade you from considering a tungsten carbide ring, because they are not educated on them (or just don't sell them!). Here are a few of the myths we hear regularly and the truths about tungsten carbide rings that make them an excellent option as you shop for a ring!

Myth:Tungsten carbide rings cannot be removed in the event of an accident, and may cause your finger to be amputated. Fact: Actually, if you're in an accident, a tungsten carbide ring is one of the safest rings to have on your hand! Because tungsten carbide rings are so dense, it is nearly impossible for them to deform or injure your finger in an accident. Wearing a tungsten carbide ring may even protect you. Rings made of silver, gold or even platinum may deform, becoming harder to get off or embedding in flesh. Hospitals have a number of ways to remove a tungsten carbide ring (depending on the accident) - none of which require amputation. Here's a video of a device American Concepts & Technologies manufactured and will soon be readily available.

Tungsten carbide formulations are required to create durable jewelry with polish and scratch-resistance. Tungsten carbide requires expensive equipment and diamond tooling to fashion into rings. It is not enough to make tungsten carbide rings with tungsten carbide, though - manufacturers must use the correct blend of tungsten carbide. Believe it or not, it is possible for a tungsten carbide blend to be too hard, resulting in a ring that can be fragile. With the wrong blend, a tungsten carbide ring will be brittle, and may break or shatter when dropped on hard surfaces.

Nickel- powder are superior for several reasons. Nickel- powder tungsten carbide is hypoallergenic, chemically inert and therefore will not oxidize, cause rashes, or irritate the skin. We do not use cobalt as it can have an adverse reaction with some wearer's skin, sometimes causing a rash. Cobalt bonds with oils in the skin and leeches out of the ring resulting in oxidation. The oxidation appears similar to tarnished sliver, but cannot be removed by polishing or grinding. Nickel, on the other hand, does not bond with oil and therefore does not oxidize.

About the Author:

No comments: