Post # 1
FI and I stopped into a couple of jewellry stores yesterday while at the mall, and he was particularly interested in the look of the gunmetal/black coloured rings. The majority of these rings were tungsten carbide, which carried a price tag of about $500. I was confused to find that these particular rings were priced at under $100 on etsy. Does anybody know whether there is a different range of quality in these types of rings? We are looking to have this ring be his work ring, and have another ring for everyday wear in white gold or palladium.
Does anybody have experience with tungsten carbide rings? I know that these rings are particularly heavy and cannot be resized because of their nature. I would apprecite any input to help us make our decision.
Post # 3
@blushbliss: I don’t think I’d pay $500 for one of those, that seems like price gouging. I got one off of Amazon for $20, he’s had it for 3 months now and not a scratch. It’s beautiful too. Especially if its a work ring, go with cheaper. They are still pretty resilient.
Post # 4
I don’t think there’s really a difference in the ones you buy in the store vs. the ones available for cheap online. I just think the store had a ridiculous markup on those. Tungsten carbide is really strong, but also very brittle. If it gets dropped on the wrong kind of surface, like ceramic tile or concrete, it could shatter.
Post # 5
We bought my hubby’s ring off Amazon for $30. He’s been wearing daily for almost a year and it still looks great. When we were looking at Tungsten rings in jewelry stores they averaged $200.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies, I agree that the store probably had a massive mark up on the rings. We will likely go through an online source for his work ring now.
Post # 7
i bought my fi’s black triton tungsten ring from a chain jeweler for $225. $500 is too high. You can get them for cheaper off of amazon or etsy but their cheaper bc they aren’t the triton brand. And also if something happens to a triton ring like his size changed or the black wears off then they replace it I think.
Post # 8
Got my FI’s off of Target’s website. They have Tungsten listed but none were available so I had to go with Titanium, but it was just under 30 (including tax and shipping). It’s really nice, light and smooth. I would personally suggest going with the Triton brand if you can because, as mentioned before, if anything happens they replace it.
Post # 9
My husband has a tungsten ring as his “work” ring. It was $25 in Amazon. He loves it and prefers to wear it over his white gold band.
Post # 10
We had looked at Tungsten rings, but didn’t end up getting one primarily because none of them had the style with stones that he wanted. We were informed during shopping that they can’t be resized, which seemed like a downfall (if you do end up paying a few hundred for it).
Post # 11
My husband wanted tungsten carbide, and the ring he chose was $100.
Post # 12
FH wants a tungsten carbide ring, but he hasn’t chosen a specific one yet. But all the ones I’ve seen were under $100.
Post # 13
My FI is wearing a “mangagement” ring and his is blue tungsten carbide. I want to say it was about $35-50 on Overstock.com. We were looking at a similar one in black at Kay Jewelers with diamonds in it and it was about $500 even with the diamonds, so unless those were the ones you saw, I’d say they were way overpriced.
Post # 14
I got my fiance a tungsten ring off of amazon.com. I didn’t pay any where near that
Post # 15
@blushbliss: I got FI’s ring off Tanga.com and they have a lot of different kinds of men’s rings (stainless steel, tungsten, tungsten with carbon fiber inlay, ceramic, etc). I got it for about $17 including shipping. It is what he wanted (they change their prices and have sales all the time, but always low prices) without the huge price tag. He works in demolition, renovation and maintenance of apartment/condo/townhome complexes, so cheaper is what we both decided because if it gets wrecked or lost it’s not a big deal to go spend about the same amount on a new one….not that we want to keep buying new ones if one gets wrecked lol.
This is the exact ring we got for him – https://www.tanga.com/deals/dc0a111bd0/light-tungsten-ring-with-black-carbon-fiber-inlay
Post # 16
FI’s Tungsten Carbide ring was about $400 but it’s got a diamond in it – we got it off e-weddingbands.com – highly recommend them their service is amazing. Rings without a diamon are much cheaper. When we were looking we were told to be careful as some of the cheaper rings are just tungsten as opposed to tungsten caribide, tungsten is not scratch proof if it is not mixed with carbide.