Men’s Wedding Bands: Tungsten vs. Titanium

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Tungsten carbide doesn’t scratch (seriously!), and has some weight to it–more than gold, less than platinum.  It is very hard to break but can be cracked off very quickly in an emergency with a special vise tool most ambulances and all emergency rooms should carry–it can also shatter accidentally, for example if dropped on certain types of tiles (but this is fairly rare).  Tungsten carbide sometimes contains nickel which some people are allergic to.  It is a darker (but still shiny) grey than platinum, white gold, or silver.  I’m not sure if it can be made with a black finish, but I think so.

Titanium DOES scratch, although less so than platinum or gold, still noticeably.  It is very lightweight–feels almost like plastic in your hand.  It is also very hard, but pure titanium can be removed with standard jewelry cutters, although it takes longer.  Aircraft grade titanium, which some stores also sell, is much harder to cut off.  I have never heard of a titanium ring shattering or cracking accidentally like tungsten though.  Titanium rarely causes metal allergies.  It is lighter grey than tungsten carbide, but still darker than the other white metals, and can also be made with a black finish..

Mu hubby has a tungsten carbide ring he never takes off, and I have a titanium ring for only nighttime and chore wear.  My hubby LIKES the extra weight (titanium is so light its a little eerie), his is still mirror-polished after a year and mine–which gets far less wear–is dull, and I think tungsten carbide is a little safer than titanium.  And to me, the no-scratch finish outweights the rare chance he might shatter it accidentally.  So in a nutshell, I would go back and get the tungsten carbide if I could.  But you may value different things than we did!

For *where* to buy, i highly recommend http://www.titaniumstyle.com — they sell both metals, and have a nice variety, good prices (~$100), and good policies/service.

Post # 4
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3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

My hubs chose Tungsten… he loved the look of it (not too shiny, not too matte) and the color (he chose a dark gray) and liked that it had a little more weight than titanium. Plus, it was seriously inexpensive. He gets compliments on it all the time!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My husband has a Tungsten ring too.  It has a warranty on it in case he ever needs a different size (since they can’t be resized).  He really likes it and it doesn’t have any scratches after 7 months.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i got mine a tungsten, he picked it out tho.  He loves it plus i has 1 small diamond 🙂

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

My hubby has a tungsten as well and he loves it! The only downside is that it cannot be resized, but we also have a warranty on it so that if he ever needs a new size, he can go back to our jeweler to get it. Also very dark, and has a small band in the middle that is shiny vs the outsides which are matte. It CAN be engraved despite what some jewelers will tell you. My husband’s is engraved on the inside. They are a little heavier than an average white gold ring.

Post # 8
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654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

my husband as well has tungsten and he LOVES it!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My Fiance and I are looking at tungsten for him but also considered titanium but Im glad i saw this post!

Post # 10
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824 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - The Tribute Golf Club

We’re looking between the two, so this post really helped!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

My husband has a tungsten carbide band.  We chose it for its durability and because Darling Husband preferred a heavier ring.  He said the Titanium could fall off and he would never even know because it’s so light! 

He’s worn it now every day for over a year and it looks BRAND NEW!  It is still perfect- no scratches, no dullness, nothing!  It was a great choice 🙂 

Plus, some people will try to tell you that it can’t be engraved, but it can.  I got DH’s engraved at the place where we bought it.  After doing much shopping around, we ended up buying it online at http://www.titaniumkay.com.  They had great customer service and they engraved the ring for me with their special laser engraver. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

my husband has tungsten and it is really shiny and doesn’t scratch.  it’s also pretty heavy, which i would think would be uncomfortable.  i would imagine titanium would be a lot lighter, but I’m not sure if it is the same strength-wise.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My Fiance requested titanium after comparing the two. He likes the light weight of it and for possible allergic reactions figured it would be a better choice for now until we upograde and he gets platinum some time in the future.

Post # 14
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322 posts
Helper bee

I’m considering tungsten… but now that I’ve read about the allergies this makes me reconsider

Post # 15
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1336 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Great post, we’re in the process of deciding, and I personally liked Tungsten, so I’ll mention this info to him.  Thanks!

 

Post # 16
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3539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We got my FH titanium, he was adament that he wanted this and took us 10 ring stores to find it an a whole day. ( I was over ring shopping within the first 2hrs and 4 stores)

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