Post # 1
Fiance is looking at Tungsten and Ceramic rings. I honestly agree that they look amazing and are totally his style. Most places are charging under 40 dollars for the rings–which surprised me a little. I am buying his ring, and I am willing to spend a decent (not overboard) amount on it because I want it to last. I know that since they don’t have diamonds or precious stones in them, that majorly reduces the price, but is it normal for them to cost this small amount? The only one I found that was more expensive was from Zales for around 200 bucks, and it was the same ring that we saw on other sites for much less, I just wonder if they jacked up the price (and I’m sure there may be a warranty in there, too).
Do any of your husbands/FIs have/want a tungsten or ceramic ring? How have they held up?
Post # 3
We’re looking into tungsten and titanium.
I’ve seen them vary from 700-200 in regular jewellery stores.
Between $70-$200 at asian stores and a lot less online, like $24-$60.
There is a huge difference in prices so I say shop around. We found some unique ones we are keeping an eye on and they were decently priced.
I really want a tungsten faceted 4 mm ring as my wedding band because I work with my hands and would like to wear it alone.
Good luck finding the rings. Tungsten is also a lot heavier than titanium, and the ones with ceramic and something in layed are more fragile. Also the rings are super hard and wont break., they can not be resized so if you change your size the warranty (check to see with store) will cover an exchange of sizes.
Post # 4
I’ve heard really great stuff about tungsten rings, and my Fiance is considering one too. I think the only downside is that they can never be resized. What you get is what you get so if his fingers get alot bigger or he looses weight and they shrink, he needs a new ring. On the plus side it will last a lifetime and no one is allergic to the metal and it doesn’t scratch and shouldn’t need polishing.
Post # 5
My Darling Husband has a black ceramic “seranite” ring by Benchmark. He loves that it isn’t as heavy as tungsten, nor as light as titanium (this was oddly a big deal for him, the weight of the ring). He has had no problems in the months since we’ve been married with it with daily wear, and he is quite an active person. No scratches on it, even! Thumbs up for the ceramic for us, or at least the kind we ended up getting!
Post # 6
Thanks, ladies!! This is really helpful information!!
What about pricing–did you buy online or in-store? And did you find a good deal wherever you bought it from? Is around $50 the going rate for these, and is that normal?
Post # 7
@yellowlace: Yes, isn’t nice they’re so cheap? I was completely estatic over this fact! My fiance tried on tungsten and titanium at Helzberg’s & Dunkins- none were under $250 & they were all just basic solid black rings. We basically just went to the store to get him sized & see what he liked because I knew I could find the same thing online for around $50. And I did- $45 on Amazon 🙂 Chain jewelry stores = huge markup. I’d recommend Overstock too.
Post # 8
My fiance’s is about $80 (sale in store) and mine weas about $120 last time I asked but I found it online for $24 so if he has to pay full price for his then I don’t mind because it’s more difficult to find and I can get mine from ebay or etsy.
If the style is common you can probably find it online, just type in the name and size in ebay (make sure he is sized properly and tries some on in store)
If it’s a more rare style to find, snatch it at the best price available I say.
Post # 9
My husband bought a black tungsten ring from Amazon. He really likes it. I think it looks more like a fashion ring though. The price was very inexpensive. About $40. I think that tungsten holds up better.
Post # 10
Let me just start this by saying that hubby & I are both engineers, and I work with metals a LOT with my job.
I’ve read a few people argue on here about the different grades & quality of Tungsten wedding rings (with the argument usually implying that the more expensive ones are better). As far as “grade” and “quality” goes.. Tungsten Carbide is primarily used as precision and/or high-speed tool steel for metal machining. So even ‘low grade’ tungsten-carbide is still incredibly hard! Furthermore, I haven’t seen any wedding ring that comes with a material certification that states or implies the material grade.
So, go with a cheap one and don’t worry about it unless your Darling Husband plans on taking a sledge hammer to it. 🙂
Post # 11
My Fiance wanted a tungsten ring that I got on overstock.com for about $55. I would’ve spent more, but the fact is he’s probably going to lose it at least once, so I’m glad replacements won’t put us out too much. It’s got a really solid, manly feel to it, and there are some really beautiful brushed designs available as well. I think it’s a great choice!
Post # 12
The thing with them, is they DO shatter. BIL has been married less than a year and managed to shatter two different rings by dropping them on tile floors. And it wasn’t a super cheap ring either. Maybe it was just a fluke but as nice as they are for other things and being hard to mess up, if they get messed up it is destroyed.
Post # 13
I’m happy to know that the going price is what I am finding. I had a feeling the major jewelry stores were just jacking up the prices. I didn’t want to feel like a cheapskate buying him a fairly inexpensive ring, but it seems like tungsten is pretty strong.Thanks for all the insight!! Totally appreciate it–you all rock!!
What about ceramic? Does anyone or the FI/Husband have a ceramic ring? How is it holding up?