(Closed) So what’s this I hear about Tungsten? (A couple Q’s for you bees!)

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@cmvmph: It is true that tungsten can’t be resized but most stores have warranties that allow you to trade in the ring should you ever need a new size. I don’t know how well it will retain its luster sorry >.<. My husband actually chose a titanium ring over tungsten which he was originally going to get. I can’t remember the reason for it but I think tungsten is more brittle (found this on Wikipedia “Because of tungsten carbide’s hardness, rings made of this material are extremely abrasion resistant, and will hold a burnished finish much longer than rings made of metallic tungsten. Tungsten carbide rings are brittle, however, and may crack under a sharp blow.”). I did think about getting a tungsten/titanium band (actually got a titanium band as my stand in ring) but I really liked the look of the band I have with my ering (ering and wedding band were bought separately and from two different stores but look like they were made for each other). If you like the way it looks though go for it! They are really beautiful rings.

ETA: Titanium cannot be resized either.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@cmvmph: Titanium is much much lighter than tungsten. Tungsten almost has a “platinum” heaviness to it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My Fiance and I were considering alternative metals for his wedding band, but in the end we decided agaist it. This was mainly because of the fact that if it ever stops fitting, or needs to be cut off, it couldn’t be salvaged. The sentimental value behind the ring for us meant that we would be sad if it couldn’t be fixed or replaced.

 

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Titanium can be resized, I just don’t think that most jewelers have the equipment to do it.  It is difficult and needs someone who is experienced in metals.  Darling Husband works with titanium occasionally and it can be welded.

Tungsten does shatter and cannot be resized.  I am not a favor of tungsten bands for anyone who is going to be working with their hands at all, especially outside jobs.  Cold/heat variances makes tungsten brittle.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

1.) Is it true that you can’t get Tungsten Carbide rings resized?
Yes. Tungsten also cannot be buffed if it gets scratched.

2.) How well does a shiny Tungsten Carbide ring retain its luster after everyday wear compared to other common metals?
I’m not sure, I rarely wear mine as it was bought as a cheap ring (it was $25) to wear outdoor or to unfamiliar places.

3.) Is there a reason to choose Titanium over Tungsten Carbide, besides price?
I didn’t really research any other alternative metals. Darling Husband and I purchased soley based on price.

4.) Any ladies here decide on a Tungsten Carbide wedding band?
I don’t wear one for everyday use, but since I have a yellow gold set, it’s nice to have a ring that looks white gold/silver. I like it. It’s comfortable and has a nice weight to it.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I got my Fiance a tungsten band. They let us know it can’t be resized so we got the lifetime protection plan. If he needs it resized they will just give him a new band! It was definitely the best choice we saw out there… Gold was too soft for his job and platinum was way over budget.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Fiance works with his hands, so a gold ring would be ruined quickly.  After we decided no gold, he picked Tungsten based on looks, really.  

I also purchased a narrower matching Tungsten band that I’ve been wearing to the gym, to do laundry, etc.  I’ve been wearing it for these tasks for about 6 months and it does not have any scratches and does look brand new.  I don’t really plan on wearing this band with my ering, it’s really for occasions that I don’t want to knock my diamond around.  He has already purchased a gold wedding band that matches my ering.

We’re aware these rings can’t re re-sized.  But, since I bought them super cheap (thanks, eBay!  We’re not too concerned with that.

I do work with a guy who lost a lot of weight and now wears his original Tungsten band on a necklace, since he couldn’t size it down.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@tksjewelry: That’s good to know! The jeweler told my husband it couldn’t be but gave him a warranty in case he ever needs a different size.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

double post

 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My fiance has a tungsten carbide band and i love it its always shiny and looks brand new, he’s had it 2+ years. We will probably go with tungsten for his wedding band i wish i could get it for my wedding ring too! unfortunately they dont make them in the style that i like but if i can find one i will definitely buy it in tungsten for myself. I have a rose gold engagement ring and it is scratched already even though i dont wear it everyday kinda disappointing since i took care to not scratch it

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My husband and I debated between titanium and tungsten. He told me what he wanted the ring to look like, it was just a matter of making sure it could happen.

He’s allergic to the nickel alloy in gold, so it was going to be titanium or tungsten either way. He also wanted the ring to be engravable as he wanted words engraved on the OUTSIDE of his ring.

That only left us with titanium as tungsten can only be laser etched not engraved.

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