Post # 1
FI has had his ring less than 2 months, and it’s already severely scratched. His ring is stainless steel with a black coating (When we bought it, I thought it was just black steel all the way through, oops) and he’s hit with the sander twice, which has taken off a lot of the coating. Luckily the ring was only $20 so we want to find a new one. He works a lot with his hands, and the ring is definately going to get beat up. What metal have you or your SO’s gotten that’s held up well? Any recomended vendors?
Post # 3
I hear tungsten won’t scratch, but may shatter.
Gold will scratch, but not as much as platinum, which gets scratched up very quicky.
I don’t recommend anything with any kind of plating on it (such as most white golds) because the plating will be sure to wear off, just like it did with this ring.
Post # 4
If he works with his hands DONT get tungsten. It won’t scratch, but if he injures his hand, hospitals don’t have the tools hard enough to cut it off him. It means his finger is coming off.
I agree with a PP, definitely nothing plated. But if he works with his hands, it’s all likely to scratch at some point.
Post # 5
Tungsten carbide or a low Karat gold like 10K.
Post # 6
(And my friends who work in medicine say there is no problem cutting them off if they need to.)
Post # 8
@bluegreenjean: Hmm, that’s not what I’ve heard. I assume some hospitals must have the proper tools, but I was warned when FI and I were looking into them that it was no guarantee that they would have them and that most don’t.
Post # 9
Definately tungsten. We got my fiance tungsten. I work for the ambulance and disagree with above post. Tungsten is quite easy to be cut off. They just put pressure on the ring in 2 spots and it breaks in half cleanly. There are a few videos on youtube of this being done.
Post # 10
Tungsten carbide can be BROKEN off with a pair of vice grips–any hospital or medical personnel will have the tools to get the ring off.
Maybe he should get a white gold ring and wear it around his neck when he’s working?
Post # 11
My husband is a nurse and also works with his hands with carpentry projects. He wears a tungsten, and he says it can be removed if need be. It has held up amazingly well, even thru being dropped in the driveway and lost for a week!