Post # 1
I bought DH a new wedding band for our one anniversary and it is tungsten. I heard they are durable, but then today I was talking to someone who had nothing good today about them. Any one have any reviews for me?!
I am surprising him with it soon and now I’m nervous!
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@jessmex12: DH’s is Tungsten Carbide and we love it. He doesn’t work in a field that would beat it up regularly so I’ve got nothing to say there. I just make sure that he takes it off when he’s using the table saw because apparently you can’t cut them off medically if there were an emergency.
Also, they can’t be re-sized.
Post # 4
I would also like to know more about tungsten rings! I don’t mean to threadjack, but if any posters could also comment on the durability of them (as compared to other metals like white gold or platinum), that would be great!
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Post # 6
I don’t think tungsten is as durable as people say it is. However, in most respects I’d say it is tougher than gold.
DH had a tungsten ring with an inlay. He dropped it on our bathroom floor and it broke when it hit the tile. I think the inlay made the ring more susceptible to breaking.
We got him another ring, again tungsten. It is a solid band so I think it will be much more durable.
Post # 7
DH has one and so far so good. He is always using his hands and is outside. There are a few scratches though and I thought they couldn’t scratch but you can’t tell unless you’re looking really close! I got it off etsy for about $30 so if he needs a new one in a year then that’s fine!
Post # 8
Tungsten carbide is about as likely to scratch as moissanite (they’re both about a 9.25 on the MHOS hardness scale. Obviously there is some differences amongst different alloys.). So it is hard to scratch if that is a quality you are looking for. However, as a general rule the harder a material the more brittle it is. You can absolutely shatter tungsten carbide. Tungsten carbide can also be a poor choice for those with a Nickel allergy since it is a commonly used wetting agent. You can of course find alloys with Cobalt wetting instead of Nickel if that is your only concern.
Tungsten by itself is not an exceptionally durable metal. If you are looking for durability it need to be tungsten carbide. The carbon is what gives the alloy its hardness.
All of which I found out when I was researching to buy FI a ring two years ago. He has worn the ring every day since and it looks exactly the same as the day I got it in the mail. I would recommend it to anyone.
Edit: It is also true that they cannot be resized but if you buy from a reputable manufacturer they generally come with free lifetime resizing and replacement if they do happen to be shattered.
Post # 9
I got my hubby a tungsten carbide knife edge band and it is DEFINITELY durable. It is a year old, has been dropped and hit on numerous surfaces and looks BRAND new. NOT 1 scratch and the knife edge is PERFECT with no dents. We did our research and are fine with the possibility of it shattering as well as the problem wth resizing. The everyday durablility out weighs the negatives. He get’s compliments on it all the time. If your man is hard on things I strongly suggest the tungsten. It is alot less painful to replace a cheaper tungsten ring that to constantly having a platinum ring fixed because it has been scratched.
Another STRONG recommend from us! 🙂
Post # 10
FI’s man-gagement ring is tungsten. We love it; it’s super super strong. He’s owned that ring for more than a year now and there are virtually zero scratches on it.
Post # 11
I ordered one for my SO to try but it was a mistake bc it’s heavy! I think he may try Titanium next.
He doesn’t have a job where he works with tools etc or anything so not too worried about scratches.
Anyone know the best metal for a guy who barely wants to notice his ring?