Post # 1
I had a not so amazing realization the other day…
Fiance is getting a Tungsten ring. In fact, we decided to get him two. One with a black / gray carbon fiber inlay and one with a wood inlay. Fiance has several watches and 2 ID bacelets, which vary in color and material (leather, carbon finber, yellow gold accent, etc..) So by buying two rings he can match all of his jewelery.
So what’s the problem? Well, just because the tungsten doesn’t scratch doesn’t mean the inlays wont scratch, right? Fiance is an electrician and even in his spare time he always has some kind of tool in hand. We picked tungsten so it could stand up to his activity level but most of the exposed area of these rings will be then inlay.
Does anyone out there know if the inlays are scratch resistant??? For some reason it seems like the carbon fiber would be more resistant then the wood, but maybe I’m just being wishful…
Post # 3
I’m getting a little antsy because I haven’t gotten any reponses. I was really hoping someone out there would have some advice for me. Does anyone have an oppinion on this?
Post # 4
I really wish I could answer that but we got my hubby a titanium ring with just a groove where an inlay would be. His ring has held up pretty well so far and he loves it, which was a surprise to me since he can’t stand wearing any jewelry. Good luck, I hope someone can answer that for you.
Post # 5
My Fiance is also an electrician and doesn’t want to wear his ring to work at all! He currently has a nice Tiffany’s ring that he’s worn for 4years taking it off for work. My thought was he’d lose it, but if he hasn’t lost the other one? So the answer, I have no idea about inlays, our bands are matching 18KWG Cartier Love bands. Sorry.
Post # 6
Mr. Doctor got a wood inlayed titanium ring.
We discussed the issue extensively with the craftsman we purchased from. This particular etsy shop replaces the inlay if anything were to happen to it no matter what.
They recommend not exposing it to water at all, and they seal it initially with a light coat of beeswax. You can reseal it occasionally with a light wood wax, but otherwise to clean it just use a slightly damp cloth.
There are some woods that are much harder than others– like cocobolo. Of course they’ll be susceptible to scratching, but the harder the wood, the less scratches. We got manzanita.
I hope this helps!
Post # 7
Just like doctorgirl, we are getting ours from an etsy seller and it looks a lot like hers. I would get a traditional ring for my Fiance but he is a mechanic and would never wear the ring anyway so I’m not to worried about anything happening to it- plus, the price is right so its no big deal if I have to replace it every couple of years
Post # 8
doctorgirl- that ring is really beautiful! Knowing my husband we would find some way to destroy it, he’s already lost his ring once and I had to get him another one to replace it.
Post # 9
Thanks for the help girls.
@Doctor girl – I was particualrly worried about the wood ring so thanks for the info. I read on a previous post that the All wood (non inlay) rings were really really delicate. I was hoping that they would be stronger within the metal. I like the idea of the band of metal through the center like your FI’s. Less surface area to destroy!
Post # 10
Oh, and according to the poll it seems like a lot of people don’t know what an inlay is.
Definition – Inlay is a decorative technique of inserting pieces of coloured materials into depressions in a base object (A ring in this case). Inlays commonly use wood veneer, but other materials like shells and niello may also be used.
Above Doctorgirl’s FI’s ring has a wood inlay and below is a carbon fiber inlay.
Post # 11
i can’t help with the question but my fiance and i love that ring rnc620, can you tell me where you found it?