Tungsten Carbide Ring Are Excellent Wedding Rings for Women
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!
Tungsten carbide Rings are not made of pure tungsten ore. Instead, the tungsten ore is mixed with various binders (materials) – such as nickel and sinter – at high temperatures to create a ceramic (tungsten carbide). Not every tungsten ring advertised is tungsten carbide. There are manufacturers making rings out of tungsten alloy, a soft, non-sintered metal that is easier to process and manufacture. These alloys lack the hardness needed to create a highly polished and scratch-resistant surface.
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.
The unique formula of our tungsten carbide allows these rings to be both visually stunning and durable enough for every-day use. You are no longer required to constantly remove and replace your ring in order to protect its finish. Our tungsten carbide rings are made with the superior nickel-binder alloy instead of being made from pure tungsten or with the cobalt-binder alloy. Nickel-binder alloys are superior for several reasons: * Nickel-binder 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 the 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.