Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Stylish Wedding Jewelry Trends for a Current Wedding

By Dahlia Owen

Tungsten carbide rings are completely safe to wear. When manufactured well the metal is cobalt free and hypo allergenic. Tungsten is an extremely hard metal, one step below a diamond on the Moh's Hardness Scale. This makes the metal very unique. Many people worry about tungsten rings in the case of an emergency. One major concern they have is their finger swelling around the ring in the case of injury. Some are even deterred from purchasing tungsten rings due to this one major factor.

Some retailers sell tungsten carbide rings that contain cobalt, these are cheaper to make but have the downside of causing a reaction with the oils in our skin. Cobalt can cause an allergic reaction and leave a green mark on your skin, and sometimes permanently stain your ring.

Tungsten rings are particularly durable, especially compared to other popular metals like titanium. While this is typically a positive aspect---they are harder to scratch and damage than other rings---it can also pose a safety hazard. In certain emergencies, wearing a ring may be hazardous for the wearer and require emergency removal.

While hospitals and emergency workers are usually equipped for such a scenario, tungsten is too hard to be cut off by standard ring cutters. It is possible, but it requires vice grip pliers and considerable effort. Complications can arise if the wearer is in a situation that prevents the ring from being easily accessed by pliers.

The durability of tungsten rings poses a problem regarding resizing. Many styles of rings, like gold and titanium, can be resized as the wearer's fingers grow; tungsten, however, cannot be resized. A tungsten ring must be completely replaced as the wearer's finger grows. If the finger begins outgrowing the ring, the ring should be immediately replaced before any damage can occur.

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