Post # 1
We looked at wedding bands last night and are trying to decide what to get for FH. He’s a personal trainer and lifts weights a lot so we’re thinking tungsten would be best because it won’t scratch. Anyone’s SO have any experience with tungsten rings and their durability? We’re also thinking about white gold but he would have to take it off all the time to avoid scratching it and that seems like a pain.
Post # 3
there is no such thing as a metal that doesn’t scratch. tungsten is pretty strong and scratch resistant but not totally scratchproof.
my brother in law is a mechanic. his tungsten ring has tons of scratches on it. he really wishes he had taken it off for work
one suggestion: what if your SO has a stainless steel ring for work and a nicer ring to wear when he’s not at work? steel rings can be really affordable– look at amazon.com.
Post # 4
If he is determined to get an alternative metal I would recommend titanium or stainless steel over tungsten. It’s not totally scratch resistant to begin with, and it’s much harder to remove in an emergency than titanium or stainless, so especially if he was to injure a hand while weightlifting and every second counts, tungsten is not really a super safe metal to wear. So if he gets tungsten, he should STILL remove it for working out.
The other thing to consider is that tungsten (and titanium) will never be able to be resized, so if his knuckles increase in size as he ages (as most peoples’ do) he will need a new ring entirely. He might not have a problem with that, but I like to caution everyone anyway just in case he is sentimental!
Post # 5
I personally would never wear any rings while weight lifting because I think that would hurt my fingers. I never wear any of my rings to the gym, partially because I do not want to damage them, but also because it’s uncomfortable to wear them while working out. I think you would be better off getting any ring you prefer and removing it before going to the gym.
Post # 6
I agree with the ladies here.. we bought my Fiance his wedding band- a tungsten for work- hes a chef and the reg metals are pilable and can heat up.
However before we spent the 300 on his wedding band , we went on ebay- found a tungsten for about 50 bucks and let him wear that one..to get an idea if that type of ring/metal was good at his job…hes had no problems!
Post # 7
My husband lifts weights with his ring on. He has many times & he wears it to work where he works with his hands & comes home completely black from dirt. Its not got one scratch on it!
Post # 8
@BrynnM: My husband does powerlifting and has a titanium ring, which is also scratch resistant and similar to tungsten, but he still takes it off when working out; he doesn’t want to risk damaging it. Tungsten is also a bit brittle so I’m not sure how safe that would be.
Post # 9
There are very few known materials capable of scratching tungsten carbide — sapphire and diamond are among the few things hard enough to damage a tungsten ring (and both are used in some abrassives so that could be the only way a mechanic might have scratched his ring, but I suspect that poster was not actually talking about a tungsten ring).
Also the safety concerns are completely bogus, tungsten is actually much safer than gold, steel, or titanium because it won’t collapse and cut INTO your finger if damaged, like other metals do. My friend caught her finger in a door and her gold ring was smashed into her finger, it was horrible and she was hurt much more because of the gold ring. Never would have been a problem with tungsten carbide, because tungsten will just shatter rather than distroy your finger. Also they can be removed in seconds in the ER (there’s a video of this on one of the main tungsten ring websites).
My husband and I both wear tungsten bands, never take them off (he wears his at the gym, lifting weights regularly), and after all these years they don’t have a single stratch on them. I can’t recommend this metal enough! It’s silly but I’m always indignant when people compare tungsten to steel or titanium, b/c tungsten seems so much better lol! It is relatively heavy, tho, which some people might not like. I love how substantial it feels.
Post # 10
My husband is deployed to Afghanistan and is wearing the tungsten carbide ring we bought of titaniumkay.com. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002IQVAN0/ref=oh_o01_s00_i00_details We both love it and it’s definitely going though hell over there. (He also lifts weights.)
Post # 11
We got my DH’s ring at titaniumkay too. He’s been wearing it for 4 years, spent three of those in a machine shop, and he has not a single scratch on it. It actually still looks polished. I don’t know that wearing rings while weightlifting is safe, but if you’re looking for the most scratch-proof you can get, get tungsten carbide.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada
I do weight lifting myself twice a week ad I never take my ring off. I just wear gloves or tape my ring so that it doesn’t scratch. Might be an option?
Post # 13
My husband has a Tungsten, he does take it off, leaves it at home to workout…
Post # 14
@BrynnM: My Fiance hasn’t worn his yet, but I got a tungsten ring for him also. I thought I’d share the site with you, Tungstenaffinity.com
I’m hoping it doesn’t get too scratched but it probably will. I know whenever I touch the thing my fingerprints show up on it instantly! 🙁