(Closed) Tungsten.. or not?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Does your future hubs work with his hands and have the risk of getting them broken or injured easily?  When FH and I went shopping we were advised not to get tungsten due to having trouble with getting them off fingers if they were ever broken. (He worked in a mill) It has to be cracked into pieces and the time it takes to get one of those off can cause issues. Just a thought. 

Hope this helped!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

My Brother-In-Law has one, he doesn’t scratch it or anything. And he is active. He wears it rock climbing and things and hasn’t has an issue. The biggest issue is it can’t be sized. Oh and if one tries to prove how indistructable it by throwing it at a tile floor right over concrete… the floor will win. And there will be a very angry wife when one has to replace one’s wedding ring less than 3 months into one’s marriage.

But it isn’t like they are going to have to cut off your finger to get it off if something happens. They squeeze it with a vice grip which is a control squeeze that will crack the ring without cracking a finger. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hubby has one, and it still looks great 2 years on.

However, his first tungsten ring shattered when dropped on tile, so I have to agree with 

chasesgirl! This was his ‘mangagement’ ring though, so no matter!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We bought a tungsten ring for Fiance and he just loves it!  (not that he’s wearing it yet) but he’s excited to.  he’s a tile setter and the sales person told us the same thing, that he DIDN’T recommend it because it’s hard to break should your finger get crushed.  That didn’t scare my Fiance and we got it anyway.  After some research we learned that in an emergency they CAN crush the ring without hurting your finger.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Darling Husband has had a tungsten band for a couple of years now.  Before that he had a yellow gold one, then a titanium one.  He picked the tungsten this time because it had some etchings that he liked.  He has an office job so I can’t comment on durability too much because he doesn’t wear it doing yard work, etc.  However, he says it’s very lightweight and he really likes it.  It looks as good today as when he first got it.

He also liked the titanium one so I don’t think he had a preference over which metal he liked better.  He bought the tungsten one because the titanium one was too big.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

They actually told us the tungsten was safer.  It shatters off, where as gold will bend and squish.  I just wouldn’t wear the ring at all, regardless of material, if a job is that dnagerous.  Degloving is the worst and could happen either way.

Darling Husband has tungsten and is really hard on it.  It doesn’t have a single scratch, looks as good as the day we bought it.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@SarahSmilesDec28:  We bought tungsten because it’s safer as well. It will shatter if it’s under too much strain (something pushing down on it, for example) while gold will squish and stay squished until it’s removed resulting in worse injury . At least we don’t have to worry about tungsten doing that. Darling Husband is military but often on construction sites which is why gold being malleable was a concern.

My husband’s ring was suuper cheap, lightweight, exactly what he was looking for. He loves it.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Actually I’m glad to hear that its possible to get the ring off without hurting their finger.. FH doesn’t like his ring(he says it doesn’t fit right) and the one he really liked was tungsten. So we might be doing some more ring shopping.. or at least have an excuse to look at shiny things ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Actually I’m glad to hear that its possible to get the ring off without hurting their finger.. FH doesn’t like his ring(he says it doesn’t fit right) and the one he really liked was tungsten. So we might be doing some more ring shopping.. or at least have an excuse to look at shiny things ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@futuremrscallen:  We just ordered FH’s ring. He didn’t want Tungsten solely because of the sizing issue, but Kay’s offers free replacement on their Tungsten bands (only pay for shipping which is about $45) So he got the band that he wanted ๐Ÿ™‚ It is an extremely hard metal and much less prone to scratching.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Watch tower lodge, Black hawk state Park Rock Island, IL

we got my Fiance a tungsten ring hes super excited to wear it, as a carpenter/contractor he needed something strong and durable that wouldnt bend or scratch easy…and its safe because like many said its made to shatter under extreme pressure.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We were originally going to go with tungsten but here were our reasons why we didn’t:

  • cannot be resized, good thing we didn’t get it because hubby’s ring size got resized half a size smaller 3 months after the wedding
  • the metal is alot heavier than others
  • a friend of ours that got divorced was only able to sell his $500 wedding band for $50 because it cannot be re-sized.

In reality how many stories do you hear about hand injuries and wedding bands being an issue?  Just some things to think about.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@baletrina: If your friend paid $500 for a tungsten band he got ripped off. I bought DH’s for $20 on amazon. Even the more intricate ones are less than $50.

For some people the rings getting caught is a very legitimate concern. People who work in an office might not have to worry much, but it’s a huge safety issue for a lot of occupations. Welders, construction, military, mechanics etc all need to think about it. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@thursdayschild: If your friend paid $500 for a tungsten band he got ripped off. I bought DH’s for $20 on amazon. Even the more intricate ones are less than $50.

^ +1  we paid $25 for my FI’s tungsten band.

Like others have said, if it’s a safety concern for work or something, regardless of which metal he chooses, he shouldn’t wear a ring at all to work.

My Fiance wanted tungsten because of the durability.  He likes that it won’t get scratched easily, because he won’t take his off.

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