(Closed) Tungsten Indestructable??? I think NOT

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I don’t remember hearing that they were indestructible… our jeweler actually told us they will break if dropped. But, some may not know that. Thanks for sharing!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Wow we just went a looked at rings this past weekend and were told that Tungsten was industructable and wouldn’t show any scratches like other rings would. Fiance was sold and wanted one but now, I’m not so sure.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I had actually heard the shattering thing as a selling point – for guys who do mechanical/machining work, where injuring your hands is a risk, they might want a ring that will break under pressure, so that if the ring is stuck on something, they can pull their hand away more easily; it’s also easier for doctors to get the ring off if necessary.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Frugalista – They don’t scratch – they chip just like diamonds!

This won’t stop me from getting a tungsten ring – but I did do a lot of research before Fiance decided on tungsten and never thought it was indestructable. I recommend everyone to get the facts from an outside source (not your jeweler) before you chose your metal!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My SO’s old wedding band was Tungsten with a white gold band. When we were in Vegas we went to a radio chemistry lab to perform some experiments on it. The radio chemistry dude placed the ring in pliers, squeezed, and it shattered instantly. The inlaid white gold band just bent. Then we put some pieces in acid and some in an arc melter. 😀

They’re hardly indestructible. I’d rather have white gold or platinum.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Guys in the military get them a lot for the exact reason that they SHATTER, but are durable.  A good jewlery store should offer a replacement policy because these rings also CAN NOT be resized.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

They are still really durable.  You just can’t drop them on a hard surface or they do shatter.  We knew this when we were purchasing my husband’s ring.

Pls 7 months later, there are still no scratches showing on my husband’s ring and he works on cars.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Philippe Park

Well, I seriously doubt my Fiance is going to be throwing his ring with force on a concrete slab like Scott Kay was doing. The shattering is supposed to be for safety, anyway. It’s a lot quicker to strike something with a hammer and get it off of your swollen finger than it is to have to wait for someone to come with the correct tools to cut it off. We didn’t see anything wrong with tungsten, and hell, if by chance something happen to where he has to shatter it, they’re not the most expensive rings on the planet, we can just but a new one. 🙂

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Oh, wow, thanks for sharing this.  I haven’t looked into rings closely, yet, but I have heard in passing so many times that Tungsten rings are very durable, but I didn’t know they would shatter.. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Minutiae- that sounds SO cool! What fun. IN 8th grade, my science teacher shattered a penny and taught us how to make a strip canoe… it was an awesome class.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I tend to agree with *Rainbow* on this one.  We bought my DH’s Tungsten ring with the knowledge that it could shatter.  We were never told that Tungsten was “indestructable” – p.s. Nothing Is!!!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Incidentally, I kind of wish my Father-In-Law would get a tungsten ring – he refuses to wear his wedding band at all, ever, b/c one of his army buddies lost a hand after getting his wedding ring stuck on something – he doesn’t talk about the exact details. I know it’s absolutely none of my business whether he wears a wedding ring or not, but it bugs me anyway.

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