Post # 1
Sigh, my poor DH. He always takes his ring of when doing messy jobs or taking a shower. Well apparently this morning when he drying his hand this morning his ring fell off his finger and shattered all over the bathroom floor. Our bathroom and kitchen is ceramaic tile. He felt so bad he didn’t tell me til a bit ago over text, assuming I would be mad.
I am sad… we will have to get a replacement ring for him. It was a tungston ring.
Post # 3
This happened to a friend of mine at his wedding reception. It definitely sucks. My husband was originally going to go with tungsten, but switched to cobalt for a couple of reasons, one being that it’s not supposed to shatter. He has this unconscious habit of rhythmically banging his ring on things (like wine glasses, haha), so we needed to go shatter-proof.
Post # 4
@Sassygrn: Oh no! Your poor DH! I knew tungsten rings had their issues such as not being able to get resized but I had no idea they could shatter.
Post # 5
@MsMeow: You know I didn’t either until I called to see if his ring was insured, DH couldn’t remember if he insured just mine or both of our rings. The lady I spoke to said that is indeed known for Tungsten rings.
Post # 6
@Sassygrn: The salesgirl when we were shopping for tungsten rings for my FI told us one of her customers slammed his hand down on a table to make a point during a meeting and had it shatter.
The fact that they can shatter as one of the things that attracted us to it in the first place- I’m an ER nurse and I spend enough time cutting off rings that the idea of one that can just be cracked off with a vise was very appealing.
Overstock.com has very nice tungsten rings- we got one exactly like the one we tried on in the store, for 1/10 the price.
Post # 7
WOW! I was thinking of getting a tungsten ring for FI since they market it as being virtually indestructable. (At least from what I’ve seen.) I’m glad I went with platinum.
Post # 8
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@Sassygrn: Wow! My DH’s is Tungsten Carbide (IDK WTF the difference is….) and he bangs it around on everything!
Post # 9
I’ll second the above poster — you’ll save a boatload of money if you buy a tungsten ring through an online vendor as opposed to places like Kay or Zales. Same ring, lower price. My husband ordered a couple of them as backups.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Aww that sucks.
I knew this could happen with Tungsten, we right now do have a Tungsten ring for FI and he likes it a lot plus it was cheap ($24) so we’re not worried about the cost. If we find something else we like before the wedding we might switch otherwise we’ll upgrade when we need to for him.
Post # 11
I never knew that about tungsten either (and was recommending it for my guy as well). So sorry, OP, that that happened to you! Hope you can find a nice replacement for it soon! (hug)
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
Oh goodness I had no idea tungsten can shatter. That’s what my FIs ring is made out of. I will have to let him know he needs to be careful!
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
We knew this before getting my DH’s tungsten ring, but figured that if it shattered, we’d just get him another one. We could get him tons for the price of a single gold ring.
Post # 14
Thanks for the tip! I was seriously considering a Tungsten at first but glad I changed my mind and switched to white gold.
Post # 15
@mchitt329: Most rings marketed as “tungsten” are actually tungsten carbide- which looks and feels metallic, but is actually a ceramic. Metallic tungsten alloyed with nickel does exist but isn’t nearly as common. I don’t think they make any jewelry out of pure tungsten.
@lenabee: It is virtually indestructible in that it is very hard and difficult to scratch, and in most forms it can’t be cut. But that very hardness makes it vulnerable to shattering, the same way diamonds, despite being incredibly hard, sometimes crack or shatter.
Post # 16
@Bubblesmcgee: +1 We also liked the fact that it can be shattered off rather than cutting in an emergency situation. Plus, DH’s ring was like… $37 on Overstock, lol.