Post # 1
I have been looking at different types of men’s wedding rings and I was wondering what is the difference between 1. tungsten 2. Bonded tungsten and 3. Duratungsten?
There is a huge difference in price between these so I was wondering if one is really worth it over the other:)
Post # 3
Duratungsten is tungsten that uses titanium instead of nickel or cobalt in the alloy results in a lighter ring than tungstin carbide almost as scratch resistant more shatter resistant (could be problimatic in an emergency since tunksten is usually shattered off by ems using a vice grips)
Bonded tungsten usually means one of two things. It can mean bonded ie plated or mixed with another material such as gold or carbon fiber …honestly its just glued or plated on in most cases. The other is bonded ie the binder material nickel or cobalt… nickel is okay if you don’t have an allergy cobalt is bad since it can cause ugly oxidation.
Tungsten is usually the generic term for any ring made of tungsten carbide.
Be carefully as many vendors even overpriced Jewelery stores often don’t openly list that it contains cobalt so ask ask ask.
Cobalt is hard to work with since machine tools are usually made of the same material so higher end laser and diamond are often used to manufacture. Tungsten carbide due to its industrial nature is an inexpensive material. Anyone trying to charge alot for it is blowing smoke or charging for a more unique design or name.
If you check content you can find good tungsten carbide rings (tungsten nickel) for around $20 the same ones a zales or such will charge you $90 to $200 for.
Do keep in mind they cannot be resized but I will say the oily deep gray silver color looks very nice.
Hope that helps
Post # 4
So overall duratungsten is the best ans worth the extra cost? (250ish vs 60s)?