Tungsten carbide ring

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We looked at them but I refused for him to wear a ring that could not be cut off his finger if something serious were to happen.

Sometimes they make them with breaking points but I didn’t want to chance it. If it really ‘so durable’ then that means if something terrible ever happened to FI’s hands that the FINGER WOULD HAVE TO BE CUT OFF TO REMOVE THE RING. No thanks.

My grandfathers had gold and white gold and so did our fathers – it never fell apart, got scratched or wore out for them so I am not worried about it for his. We are sticking with white gold 🙂

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@suburbian:  We were told that they are common enough now that EMS has the equipment to remove them.  I personally find them too thick for my tiny fingers.  I’m a ring size 7.5

Post # 5
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Worker bee

They are durable, they are heavy, if they are coated they can scratch, make sure they are cobalt free or they can discolor overtime.

They cannot be resized and are difficult to engrave. 

Contrary to some they can be removed in an emergency simply by crimping with a vicegrips which will or should shatter the ring… cannot be repaired.

Hope that helps

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Duncan:  hmmm…good to know. Weird that the jewelers haven’t been made aware of this yet.

Doesn’t change my mind though. That’s still a terrifying thought – maybe just because you have to first think of an accident or injury terrible enough that would require the ring being removed.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@suburbian:  I just plain don’t like them much.  There are some stainless ones that were ok, but just too thick for my girly fingers, lol.

Oh… there goes my theme song in my head again.

Post # 8
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286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My FI ultimately decided against them because he wanted his band to match my band. However, one of my male friends has a tungsten wedding band and it’s really cool looking! His is a brushed finish and very masculine and modern looking. 

 

Post # 9
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144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My husband has a black one. The black has faded a bit but he still loves the way it looks and he wears it for absolutely everything, including putting a new engine in the car, and it isn’t scratched up at all. He actually prefers the more worn in color than the stark black it was brand new. 

Post # 10
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1007 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My husband has one that he wears to work, hiking, beach, etc. I also have a plain titanium band I wear for hiking and going out of town. Both bands are great and have no scratches or anything. I couldn’t get anyone to engrave his tungsten band, and since I had been so excited about what I was going to engrave I ended up buying him a plain white gold band last minute. He wears that one on his days off or when we go out somewhere nice. He prefers his tungsten band tho bc his gold band scratches really easily. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

DH’s second band is Titanium Carbide. He loves it, it is very very light, which is good because although he does not have a occupation in which he ‘works with his hands’ he is always doing something with them, lots of camping, hunting, fishing, outdoorsey things.

His first band had a coating on it that was alledgedly the same that they use on cars and to coat firearms, I call horse crap! He completly ruined the coating on the ring within three months, and this was in winter, so he was not dooing all his outdoor hobbies. I purchased DH a new ring that had a camo coating (like the first) but was topped with a thin layer of fiberglass. The new ring, still looks brand spanking new. Not a scratch.

As for size, DH prefers his ring to be about 1/4 too large. I’m just happy he wears the damn thing.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

FI and I both have tungsten bands. I will agree that they carry similar weight to platinum but can’t yet attest to their strength or durability. We got his for $22 from Amazon. We’re not concerned about the shattering (my coworker had one and broke it) or wear and tear. Worse case, we get him another one.

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

You asked about the black coating scratching, and here’s a pic.  I knew it would eventually, but don’t think this might be typical since husband works with his hands so much.  He trades off wearing other rings, and I’d say this one has only a couple months of solid wear.  He began to wear tungsten more because he feels it could be safer since he can crack it off, and usually has the tools nearby.  I happen to love how it has worn though, almost medieval-looking…

 

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