(Closed) The good, the bad, the ugly about Tungsten carbide rings?

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I bought my FI’s tungsten ring from Zales, and it came with a lifetime warranty – including exchanging the ring if you need a different size (for free!), but I had to pay for the warranty.  Total, I ended up spending about $190 on it, but I got it on sale over Xmas.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Yep, you can resize and my bro in law was told if he ever had to get it off and it was stuck on…they’d have to cut his finger off! Hahaha 🙂

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The ugly with tungsten, unfortunately, is really really ugly. 

Most of the tungsten we have here comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it has fueled a 10 year civil war that has left over 5 million people dead and over 1 million living victims of violent sexual assault.  The situation there is so bad that it has been declared the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman or a girl.

There are a few bills before congress to ban it (at least the import from Congo), but until then I would steer clear if this is something that would worry you.  My boyfriend was interested in tungsten, but we quickly decided that we didn’t want (to be completely cheesy about it) something that would represent our love and our union to fund these horrors.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Sirouhi, thanks SO MUCH for posting that.  We were thinking of getting one for him, but definitely won’t, now.  Even if we knew where it came from, I’m not supporting the market at all.  I’m particularly sensitive since my mom is in the DRC right now, working to help those exact people.  Wow.  White gold it is, I guess. 

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My husband got a tungsten ring, and he loves it. He likes it because it doesn’t scratch, and because he’s really not into the whole jewelry thing, he didn’t want to spend a lot, but still wanted something that reflected his personality (which often means more money).

I ordered his ring from tungstenworld.com, and they have a lifetime guarantee for sizing and such. I think it’s only $20 each time you need to trade it in … for life. Not too bad, if you ask me.

And yes, tungsten CAN be removed in case of emergency.

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Sirouhi: Eek! Any sources on that we could see?

That’s the problem with jewelry. Every time I turn around more people are dying to make it! 🙁

I’m not a big fan of tungsten, mainly because it’s an industrial metal and not a precious metal; I greatly prefer traditional wedding band metals like gold and platinum for their intrinsic value, and the fact that they do scratch. I’ve seen tc shatter with relatively little force. It’s hard, but that doesn’t make it tough exactly…

Post # 23
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2010
Post # 24
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@Sirouhi

 

In the interest of clarifying where Tungsten comes from I found the following PDF by the US Geological Survey.  By far MOST Tungsten comes from China and not the Congo.  And in terms of powder for Tungsten Carbide the Congo isn’t a significant source for that at all.  So most assuredly if you get a TC ring the materials for it originated in China as opposed to the Congo.

 

Source:

http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/tungsten/680400.pdf

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Just wanted to add my two cents to this thread for anyone looking in the future.  No matter how many times the jeweler swears up and down, cross his heart and hope to die, that tungsten carbide is hypoallergenic, don’t believe him.  We initially went with a tungsten ring for my Fiance because he’s crazy allergic to several metals (nickel, so he can’t do gold or silver, in general).  Within a day of wearing the ring, he had a rash all up his ring finger, and on the near sides of the fingers next to it.  It was a really handsome ring, though.  Fairly lightweight, masculine.  I was sad to see it go, but we had to replace it with a titanium one.

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We got a tungsten band for my Fiance from Amazon.com, mainly because we are trying to stay within our budget. It looks great on, and I’m not too concerned about the size.. we will just get another one if he grows out of it. Someday we will probably upgrade it 🙂

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

We just ordered Fiance ring from Kessler jewelers and went with tungsten.  FI is hard on rings and the scratch resistence was a plus.  I asked repeatedly about the safety as Fi works with a fair amount of heavy machinery and it sounded like anything that hit it hard enough to cause damage would shatter the ring.  

My ring is from Kesslers also and one of the reasons we wanted to stick with them is the lifetime warrenty.  No routine inspections or anything- just a warrenty that covers if Fiance needs a different size years down the road, if he does manage to shatter it (we just have to bring in pieces/powder/whatever is left.) 

This is similar to what we got (I like how manly they look) http://www.kesslersdiamonds.com/jewelry/wedding-anniversary/gents-rings/details/4302/11/anniversary-wedding/mens-rings/wbkcg16055.html

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re looking at tungsten rings from LarsonJewelers.com right now and they’re really affordable.   What’s nice about them is that they have this free lifetime sizing so if FI’s finger size changes, the will replace it for free.

Post # 31
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Newbee

tungsten carbide, titanium, stainles steel has their place in the jewelry world but they will only be almost an equivalent to a costume jewelry. it doesn’t have any value nor will it appreciate overtime. stick with gold or platinum.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse

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jeffersonfaudan:  you do realize that as soon as you buy jewelry it drops in value tremendously right?  Not all value is found in dollars either.

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