Post # 1
I’m trying to decide between titanium and tungsten for my fiance’s wedding band, and I keep getting conflicting reviews.
Who has a husband who has a very hands on job and either types of these rings?
Please tell me what these rings are like from experience!
Maybe specific examples if there have been problems or successes?
My fiance is in the army and I know his ring will take a beating. He will be deploying very shortly after we are married. I’m not worried about the ring’s price – I just want to know the true qualities of each of these metals.
Post # 3
I bought a rose gold plated tungsten band just to beat up around the house, farm etc so my fingers aren’t naked.
It has been great! I can’t speak for titanium, but Im sure both are comparable!
Post # 4
My e-ring is titanium, and both FI and I have a r-hand ring that is tungsten. Titanium (IMO) is a lighter metal, and looks better as an e-ring. Tungsten is HEAVY. I have not had a problem so far, but tungsten will shatter if hit too hard. I am pretty clumsy and have knocked them both all over the place, and the titanium does get light scratches, but they aren’t really noticeable unless you are looking for them. None to speak of on the tungsten. I don’t know too much about the metals, this is just from my experience. HTH!
Post # 5
I did a lot of research on tungsten and titantium and spoke to jewelers before I bought FI’s band.
Tungsten is the hardest to scratch and break. Until recently, the emergency room would have to cut off your finger because tungsten would not break. Now they can pressurize it and get the ring off. Tungsten is HEAVY and not very comfortable because of its weight. A lot of guys do go with tungsten because it’ll still look good and you can beat the hell out of it.
Titanium is easier to scratch, but still more scratch resistant than gold and stainless steel. It is easier to break than tungsten, but can stand a good beating. It is a lighter metal and is very comfortable for a man to wear everyday. You can get a tungsten and titanium ring to look just alike so the initial look is the same. The only way to tell the difference is to pick them up. Tungsten will be about 10x heavier.
In the end, I bought my FI a titanium ring. He serves our country on a fast attack submarine and works in really tight small places. I was scared that would not have the latest technology and end up having to cut off his finger if he got trapped somewhere. Plus, he plans on wearing his ring everyday and always so I knew he would be a ton more comfortable wearing titanium. In the end, its $100. If we have to buy him a new ring in a couple of years, I would have gotten my money out of it so it doesn’t matter.
Post # 7
@HawaiiBamaBride: What she said! 🙂
My DH wanted Tungsten, but we couldn’t order it big enough for him, and he ended-up with Titanium. He likes it after all and I’m relieved that we don’t have to worry about how to get it off his finger (his job isn’t dangerous but he works with heavy equipment on weekends).
Post # 8
We went with Titanium just because Tungsten is so dang heavy. I love the titanium, you can hardly feel it on your finger.
Post # 9
@jjmomma:Ooh that reminds me!
Tungsten and titanium you have to know his exact size because they can NOT be resized. Don’t guess. FI wears a 10 or 10.25, but on titanium you size down because you can’t get quarter sizes so he wears a 10 in titanium!
Post # 10
My husband has a tungsten band. He doesn’t think its to heavy for him at all. But I know it is to heavy for some mens comfort level. Esp. if they have never worn a ring before. You should have him try the both on & see which is more comfortable for him before buying. Tungsten is suppose to be the stronger of the two. All I know is my husbands band has zero sratches & he wears it to work. He also lifts weights with it on. Its never bent or scratched.
Post # 11
@HawaiiBamaBride-I think it depends on where you purchase the ring if it comes in half sizes or not. My titanium from titaniumrings.com is an 8.25, and my tungsten from JVLJewelry.com is an 8.25 also.
Post # 12
I’ll weigh in (haha) on this issue. My husband is a landscaper who works with tools all day long, and on top of that, he can ruin anything given a chance. He has Tungsten in a dark charcoal shade and he loves it. That said, it is heavy, like something Fred Flintstone would wear but it doesn’t have a scratch on it.
Post # 13
thank you all so much! it really helps to have real experiences instead of just the basic facts.