Post # 1
Has anyone had any experience with Tungsten rings? Fi and I went shopping for a wedding band for him today. He found one he really liked and was tossing up between this Tungsten metal which iv never heard of or white gold. The sales lady was telling us its really tough and doesnt scratch as easy as white gold. Its also a bit duller than white gold which I think he liked. We then went into another jewelery store where they didnt sell Tungsten. The guy in that shop said it doesnt scratch but is brittle so if you drop it on a hard surface, its likely to shatter? Anyone have experience with these rings? Any feedback would be great!
Post # 3
We got FI a tungsten band… they never said anything about it shattering. Hmm… I’d still go with it over the white gold, but that’s just my preference
Post # 4
We got my FI a tungsten carbide band too. I’ve heard about the possibility of shattering, but my FI’s was only $45 on Amazon, so it wouldn’t break the bank if we had to replace it some day. My FI just really liked it because it came in black, which he thought looked pretty badass 🙂
Post # 5
My DH has a tungsten ring. He is a cop and a lot of his married cop friends have them because they can be shattered in case of an emergency. Another friend of ours had to have his platinum ring cut off at the hospital when he got hurt at work. I digress…our jeweler said that while tungsten rings can be shattered, the chances of it happening just randomly are very, very slim. The company that made DH’s ring will replace it if it ever shatters. DH loves his. It’s a pretty thick band but he says it’s comfortable.
Here’s a picture of his (and mine which is set in 18k white gold)
Post # 6
My husband has a tungsten carbide ring and its’ held up great! No scratches at all. Actually, one tiny little hairline scratch cause after moving a whole bunch of paving stones. It still looks great a year later and he normally keeps it on all the time, yard work, house work… cept now he takes it off if moving rocks. It doesnt seem like it’d shatter if dropped, but at $50 bucks.. no big deal. I’ve debated buying him a few back ups just to have around.
Post # 7
I actually own a tungsten band, and it is supposed to be very brittle. I’ve dropped it once or twice, but luckily it hasn’t shattered. I’ve worn it off and on for about a year, and it’s without a single scratch!
Definitely try not to buy a tungsten ring at a fancy jewelry store. I bought mine at Overstock.com for maybe $40, and later found it for $200 at a mall store (?!). I’ve heard a lot of people buying from Amazon with success.
Also, if you can get your hands on a comfort fit band (gently curved on the inside of the ring), it is AWESOME. My ring is about 7mm wide, and I forget it’s on all the time.
Post # 8
Wow thanks for all the great feedback! The pics look great! Iv just watched a video of one being dropped on youtube and it does break but who holds there ring over a balcony and drops it haha! kinda deserve it to break if you think thats a good idea :S
We just went into the local jewellery store. It was $400! now looking on the net and overstock can defiantely get one alot cheaper than that! If we were to pay $400 id be wanting a lifetime warranty if it did break. FI wears another ring that he got in high school and never takes it off so im sure wedding band would be the same!
Post # 9
@MeeShell: We got ours at overstock. No complaints, personally, I’d save the money and just buy a new one if he actually ever broke it.. with that price difference, he’d have to break his ring like 8x to make it worth it, which seems pretty unlikely.
Post # 10
My DH has a tungsten band and has worn one for 1 3/4 years and has never had any issues.
Post # 11
My husband has been wearing his tungsten ring almost a year with no problems. He was married twice before and had gold rings both times and he wanted something different. I love that it’s something he loved and chose himself. I wasn’t important to me to have him “match” my ring, which is white gold.
Post # 12
@MeeShell: yea…SO liked Tungsten but they also said the same thing about it shattering if it drops on a hard surface…I say go with Titanium or Platinum..
Post # 13
We sell tungsten rings at our store, and it’s what I chose for my FI…. I hate white gold because it does scratch very easily and there is more maintance. If you are worried about it breaking (I wouldn’t be) you can go with titanium, they are equally strong and scratch resistent bur it just weighs a lot less. I liked the weight of tungsten which is why I picked it for FI.
Post # 14
Do NOt Highfive someone with a tungsten ring on their hand. My FI broke his in half because of it. We can’t find it and it was the first diamond that I ever bought.
Post # 15
My FI decided on a tungsten band for his wedding band. They are a fair bit more expensive here in Australia though, at $280 he loves it. The jewler told us about the shattering thing and how tough it is, saying that the jewler we got it from has a $50 no questions asked replacement warranty on the life of the ring 🙂
Post # 16
Mr CL has been wearing his tungsten engagement ring for 5 years. It hasn’t scratched at all, but the tiny diamond which was set into the band has come out and we were told that it couldn’t be replaced. It also chipped slightly where the diamond was set. He just wears it without the stone now and I wouldn’t buy another tungsten ring with a stone, but otherwise he loves it.