Post # 1
Well, Fiance and I went looking for a wedding band for him today. He found a ring he liked, in tungsten carbide. I’ve only heard the name a few times and wanted to know a little more about them and was hoping the bees could help! 🙂
I know that they’re pretty scratch resistant and they shatter under a ton of pressure, but I wanted to hear what you all thought of tungsten carbide vs. white gold.
This ring he likes is about 1/3 of the cost of similar white gold bands, so we’re hoping there’s enough good about the metal to justify purchasing.
Thanks for your help! 🙂
Post # 3
My husband has a tungsten and I wish we had gone with white gold. It’s really nice and he loves it, but they can’t be sized! If you need a different size you have to send off for a whole new ring. My husband lost a lot of weight so now his ring is always falling off. We went to go exchange it for another size, but we had already passed the available time gap in which you can exchange for another size so now we’re stuck with a ring that’s too big.
Post # 4
I agree with Bella. We got my husband a tungsten carbide ring, and now its huge on him…
If the tungsten ring you are looking at is identical to the white gold, go for it. Just know that it cannot be sized, so youll have to buy a new ring if it happens.
Post # 5
We LOVE my husband’s Tungsten Carbide ring.
And as far as getting another one if it becomes the wrong size, his ring was only $89! So who cares!
He has been wearing his ring now for over a year and it looks BRAND new – and he is HARD on jewelry! The ring is a “comfort fit” and he tells me it feels very good and comfortable. A ton of guys have actually mentioned to him that they really like his ring. It’s very “manly”. 🙂 I’ll see if I can post a pic…
We ordered it from an online company and had FANTASTIC customer service. Also, people might tell you that it can’t be engraved – but they are wrong. The company we bought it from engraved his ring for us and it looks fantastic. We bought it here: http://www.titaniumkay.com – we highly recommend them!
Post # 6
Tungsten carbide cannot be cut off your finger, in case of emergency/trauma. We were told that most manufacturers intentionally make TC rings with four thinner spots spaced equally around the ring, so that they can be broken off (the ring will shatter, apparently), if necessary.
Post # 7
@MrsK2be- That looks exactly like my mans ring! He loves it. We just wish it fit him a little better 🙁
Post # 8
Not to be disagreeable here, but in fact, a Tungsten Ring CAN be easily cut off a finger in the event of an emergency. This information was given to us from our jeweler (who did not sell us DH’s Tungsten ring):
“Please be aware that in any situation where there might be a medical necessity to cut off or remove a tungsten ring–for instance excessive weight gain, hand injury, etc.,–removing a tungsten ring doesn’t pose much more of a challenge than cutting through a gold or platinum wedding band. In our own jewelry shop, as in many other jewelry shops, we have a cutting tool designed for cutting titanium and tungsten wedding bands. In addition, tungsten bands can be fractured into pieces using vise-grip pliers. When we contacted our local hospital emergency room and asked if they were equipped to remove tungsten wedding bands in an emergency, they told us that most hospital emergency rooms are prepared to handle almost anything, and assured us that it would be no problem for them.
During our 30 years of jewelry repair experience, we’ve only seen a dozen or so rings that have been cut off in hospital emergency rooms, and in most of those cases the rings had been bent out-of-round and were putting painful pressure on the finger. Tungsten rings will not crush or bend out-of-round, so if you shut your hand in a car door or drop a heavy object on it, a tungsten wedding band is likely to fracture into several pieces and fall off your finger freely. You might be safer wearing a tungsten ring than a precious metal band!”
Post # 9
@ Bella: Where did you get it? What is their return/exchange policy?
Where we got DH’s ring they had a FANTASTIC return policy (paid shipping both ways and no questions asked…) We sent back his first band too because we ordered the wrong size…they had one sent out to us within 3 days in the correct size! And again, it was only $89 and it is heavy, smooth and great quality!
Post # 10
We got it at Kay jewelers. They had a 6 month return policy. We also ordered the wrong size at first and had to send it back for a new one. Then my husband went on a 7 month deployment with the Navy and when he returned home he had lost about 20lbs. We went to Kay to return the ring for another size and they told us we could no longer return the ring.
Post # 11
The metal that cannot be cut off is titanium
Post # 12
The difference between how tungsten carbide (and titanium) are made as compared to white gold is they are either machined to size or cast a really high temps. Yes, you will not be able to resize the ring. However, for the cost and look, they really are a good alternative. Tungesten Carbide can sometimes crack and you will need to replace it (a warranty usually covers this). Titanium is lightweight and rugged.
As state above, ER’s are now pretty much equiped to handle the situations for these metals. A number of the men (and women) i know who have titanium or tungsten carbide really like how they hold up to abuse. My Fiance really likes titanium so I’m going to make his in the machine shop.
Post # 13
My fiancee and I bought our ring at Zales and we got the tungsten ring he loves it we paid a little more but it was worth it we have ordered two different sizes because the first didn’t fit right we paid 200 and some change and we have a lifetime warranty which does include cleaning, damage and sizing among other things so if your fiancee likes the ring I personally would get it. Word of advice though get the comfort fit my fiancee says it feels a lot better
Post # 14
just to put everyone at ease – the titanium used for jewelry is easily cut off by the same thigns they use to cut of any other jewelry in an ER, so no worries.
the titanium that cannot be cut is the aircraft grade titanium which is not used in rings. Just make sure that what you buy is commercial grade. however even aircraft grade titanium can be cut through, its just a little more involved.
this is from two sources – my FH who was a jewler, and a friend of mine who is an ER doctor.
so have no fear!
but yeah you cant resize them – so if your man is one of fluctuating weight, you might want to go with a softer metal.
Post # 15
Tungsten rings can be found for super cheap though.. check out amazon and you’ll find tons for under $100. I know I read on here once about someone who just ordered 3 or so rings in her husbands size +/- a size or two so as he gained and lost weight he could just switch them out. They were so cheap that she still saved on the rings.
We went to Jared and looked at the Tungsten Carbide. They told us that they could do a lifetime gaurantee in which they would replace the ring if it needed resized. We didn’t end up going with this, but only because hubby found a white gold ring he liked better.
Here is a link.. there are several on there for less than $50 even..
Post # 16
i liked the tungsten rings,but my FH didnt want one cuz it cant be resized when he get old and gains or loses weight one day. he doesnt want to have to buy a new ring, he wants the ring he got married with. idk, were sentimental like that. i love love LOVE the scott kay brute cobalt, but same thing, no resizing threw us off. thats a no go for us.