(Closed) FI's wedding band? Help!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which is best?
    Tungsten carbide : (6 votes)
    86 %
    Black titanium : (1 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
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    1152 posts
    Bumble bee

    @Misscandice8907:  My FI’s engagement ring is titanium an his wedding band is tungsten. So I should be able to help you! 🙂

    Titanium is beautiful and extremely lightweight. You can hardly feel it on your hand. It’s nearly indestructible and a good classic choice. However it is not scratch resistant! FI’s ring started to scratch almost immediately after he started wearing it. It offers a nice textured look which I don’t mind, but Fiance doesn’t like it and chose against titanium for his wedding band.

    Tungsten is a very heavy metal. Fiance loves the substantial weight on his finger – that’s something for you to judge, whether or not your Fiance will want a heavy ring. It is scratch resistant and beautifully shiny. It is also nearly indestructible, but when it is ruined, it shatters. Our jeweler told us that they’ve had two tungsten rings break – one just got hit in the wrong way and shattered, the other got caught in machinery and actually saved the man’s hand! Keep in mind that it cannot be resized. 

    Another thing you should know about tungsten – the super cheap ones on amazon etc. have very little percentage of tungsten – as low as 3%. This means that they will break easier, have much less shine, and will lose their color within a matter of years. We invested in a more expensive one ($200) that is patented 85% tungsten and are happy with the choice.

    So I guess it’s up to these two decisions on your part:

    • Would your Fiance prefer a lightweight ring or a substantially weighted ring?
    • Does your Fiance want a ring that will stay scratch-free forever, or will he like the texture of an increasingly scratched ring?

    Let me know if you have any more questions! 🙂

    Post # 5
    Member
    1318 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My hubby’s ring is carbide. He likes the weight to it and that it won’t scratch.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1152 posts
    Bumble bee

    @Misscandice8907:  Those are the only two stories I know of. The jeweler (we trust him a LOT, don’t worry) said that he was shocked that someone’s ring shattered just by hitting it on something – it must have hit some weird cleavage angle. He said that the machinery story is more typical. Check to see if those jewelers have a warranty for tungsten. Ours does – if anything happens or if we need a different size, we can get a new ring for $30.

    Post # 8
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    34 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I work at a jewelery store and the tungsten rings do have a tendancy to beak or shatter, beyond just machine workers.  Guys have a tendancy to be tough on things.  My best friend works @ the same store in a different location and she said the same thing.  We work at a nice store and of course they will repair it.  I had a very upset guy last week who didn’t have his ring for his 1st anniversary because it randomly broke on him, he said he wasn’t being rough with it.  If you want something that will last forever I would go with white gold or plat.  The WG will scratch and dull, but you can always get the rhodium redone and it’ll look new.  My Fiance and I went with WG for his.  

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