Tungsten Carbide Rings: Engagement and Wedding Bands for Men
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Tungsten Rings at Niv's Bling
This category features our professionally handcrafted, unique tungsten carbide rings. Named after the Swedish word for “heavy stone”, tungsten carbide wedding bands offer the expensive feel of a weighty precious metal, but the material is much stronger and more affordable than gold or silver.
We offer a wide variety of tungsten wedding bands featuring one-of-a-kind designs and exclusive inlays so that you can choose a ring that matches your personality and style.
What is Tungsten Carbide and How is it Made?
Tungsten Carbide is an alloy that is equal parts tungsten and carbon. Tungsten itself is very hard and rare metal that is naturally found on Earth, typically in chemical compounds. When combined with carbon, this material becomes the strongest metal used for jewelry—even stronger than titanium or steel.
In order to hone this material into the form of wedding bands, jewelers must use specialized machines to press the tungsten carbide powder into its desired shape and form. Traditionally, it has been used to create industrial machinery and tools, but in recent years it has grown in popularity as a metal used to create beautiful and unique jewelry. The strength and immensity of this metal make it a highly desirable option, especially as tungsten rings for men who are searching for a unique alternative to traditional precious metals, without sacrificing the expensive look and feel.
What Are the Advantages of Tungsten Over Other Rings?
The greatest advantage of these type of rings over other materials is that this metal is the hardest and most scratch-resistant metal currently used for jewelry. Tungsten is rated at level 9 for hardness on the Moh scale, making it about ten times stronger than gold and four times stronger than titanium. In fact, the only way to scratch tungsten carbide is with a diamond—making it a very durable and practical option for the everyday wearer.
Unlike gold and silver which are much softer metals, and can be bent and damaged easily, these are wedding bands that will never lose their shape, and require minimal maintenance to preserve their luster and shine. With silver and gold rings, especially white gold rings, you have to polish and clean your band several times a year in order to preserve its finish. With tungsten carbide rings, on the other hand, the finish will remain intact and look as good as new for decades to come.
Lastly, many are drawn to this type of band, as opposed to titanium or steel, because of the satisfying weightiness of the metal, which gives it an expensive feel. While you may accidentally forget that you are even wearing a titanium ring, tungsten carbide rings offer a pleasing sense of importance and weightiness. In fact, these rings are the closest in heaviness to gold or platinum.
The Difference Between Tungsten Carbide vs Tungsten Cobalt
Reinforcing tungsten with carbon results in the top most scratch-resistant metal used for jewelry. Some jewelers will mix tungsten with cobalt instead, but this combination can cause several unwanted complications. To begin, outside of the tungsten carbide formula, many of the metals that are commonly mixed with tungsten, including cobalt, can create unwanted allergic reactions for wearers. For this reason, it is of utmost importance that you ask your jeweler what materials were used in the production of your wedding band.
At Niv’s Bling, all of our tungsten carbide rings feature a “tungsten carbide” engraving on the inside of the ring for quality assurance. In addition, all of our rings utilizing this metal are hypoallergenic, to ensure a comfortable and safe fit.
Rare Style that is the Perfect Alternative to Silver or Gold
Some of the main reasons why silver and gold are viewed as traditional jewelry metals are because they are rare, they have a beautiful shine, and they have a weighty, expensive feel. Tungsten carbide offers all of these features, but better, for a fraction of the price.
In its naturally occurring form, tungsten is a rare metal that is listed as the 74th element on the periodic table. Nevertheless, despite its rarity, tungsten carbide remains a much more affordable option than silver or gold—without sacrificing quality and style. Further, this metal is made even more unique because it has not been as popularized and commercialized as much as silver or gold has. While this option is rapidly increasing in popularity, as many are catching on the advantages of this metal, it is still one of the lesser common ring options, giving you exclusive style.
As for the shine of the metal, it can maintain its luster much more effectively than silver or gold. Silver and gold are soft metals that are very vulnerable to scratches and abrasions. Further, these metals, especially white gold, can lose their color over time, requiring the owner to do maintenance on their ring several times a year. With tungsten bands, on the other hand, your ring will never lose its luster and polished finish because of its sheer strength and durability.
Lastly, in terms of the metal’s weight, tungsten is very close to the heaviness of gold, providing the same expensive feel. Compared to some other precious metal alternatives, like titanium and steel, tungsten is a heavyweight metal—making it perfect for jewelry owners who enjoy the feel of a ring that is easy to notice.
When you compare all of these advantages, along with the exceptional durability of tungsten jewelry, it is clear that this metal is a much better value than silver or gold.
Why Get Your Ring from Us?
Tungsten is a great option for men’s wedding rings, as it is extremely durable and offers the same elegant look and feel as silver or gold—with virtually no maintenance required.
In addition to the inherent uniqueness of tungsten itself, at Niv’s Bling, we work tirelessly to bring you the widest variety of one-of-a-kind designs that will make your wedding band personal. Our tungsten wedding bands come in multiple shades, including classic gray, silver, black, rose gold, and even gold. Further, some of our designs also feature handcrafted inlays and special stones, and all of our tungsten bands are hand polished so that your ring will never lose its shine.
Lastly, all of our highly durable tungsten rings are designed with “comfort fit” to ensure that it will be as comfortable as it is long lasting.