(Closed) Tungsten Shattering

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

We haven’t had any issues and my DH’s ring has been dropped more than once onto a hard floor. I think it is possible, but not common. In my experience jewelers try to steer you away from tungsten because they can make more money off of you if they talk you into gold 🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Fiance wants one of those as well since he is a carpenter and his ring would take a lot of abuse.  Our jeweler saud it would be fine, and I’ve never heard of one shattering.  Perhaps look up online for some reviews/articles to see what you find?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@CorgiTales:I agree with that!  They’ll say anything to get you to spend more money! 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We got a Tungsten for this reason! We actually have heard horror stories of other metals bending on the finger (from work related accidents) and hurting the guy’s finger.

BUT, i have a friend that has dropped his on the tile, concrete floor, and once from 3 stories inside a house with tile floors. The thing is PERFECT.

So I wouldn’t worry about the quality. Those suckers are durable!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The ring I got for Fiance is tungsten and he loves how sturdy it is, I too have never heard of it shattering..

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It will only shatter if put in a vice and tightened (which is how it would be removed in an emergency); it shouldn’t shatter just by dropping it.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My FSIL’s husband has a tungsten ring.  It saved his finger from being crushed by concrete blocks.  

Tungsten for the win, in my opinion.

Tungsten carbide is often used in armor-piercing ammo, too.  A neat bit of info, I thought.  They’re also used in sports and on tires.  

 

Both my band AND his are tungsten and I’ve dropped my ring A LOT and it hasn’t shattered or broken.  

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tungsten_carbide

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@CorgiTales: I fully agree, which is exactly why Jeweler’s started the rumor about not being able to cut off Titanium rings in an emergency. Which, they CAN be cut off.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@yellowlace: We looked into Tungsten and how they would be removed in an emergency. If you go onto YouTube you’ll find some more information (odd resource I know). We watched a video if how they are removed in an emergency which is with a pair of vice grips. Yes the vice grips shatter the ring but it has to be just the right amount of pressure at the right point. So yes there is the possibility that it will shatter but it is rare. Another video we saw was someone taking a sledgehammer to their tungsten ring and it did not shatter.

In terms of it being the ring you use on your wedding day and the sentimental value attached to it…if his size changes it will have to be completely replaced. There is no way to resize Tungsten. So if you’re only worried about having to replace it because of sentimental value Tungsten is not the option for you because more than likely it will have to be replaced at some point. Also, you can’t really get it engraved. I’ve seen one website that will laser engrave it for $40 but a regular jewelry store cannot have it engraved.

Make sure that when you buy your service/protection plan that it includes lifetime replacements for the sizing of the ring and covers a replacement if it shatters. Otherwise you will be buying a new ring when he needs it sized. For some men this won’t be an issue because they won’t need it sized for another 20 years and by then it isn’t a big deal to buy a new band.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My advice is to steer clear of the cheaper versions. Tungsten is an extremely hard and hard wearing metal, which should give you years and years of wear. Plus it is less likely to lose its shape. It may depend on the way it is machined. The more expensive versions will have been shaped in the correct way, therefore not allowing for flaws that may make it brittle in some circumstances, i.e. hot/cold extremes and collisions with other hard objects.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Zinzerena: ebay, actually.  We actually have two.  One is an elvish love ring from tungsten and, unlike the sterling silver version we had, the script looks like new whenever I wash mine.  On the sterling silver, the script had looked worn after a couple months.  (And, for the record, I am not easy on rings.)

The set we have are from ebay and were pretty inexpensive.  Considering the band on my e-ring (which is gold) has already been bent by me, I’m pretty happy we’re going with tungsten. 🙂

As long as you have what it is stamped inside the ring, it’ll be legit.  Kinda like gold: if there isn’t anything stamped on the inside of your ring, it probably isn’t legit.  (jewelry 101, you could say).  

My elvish ring has “tungsten carbide” stamped on the inside.  I think our wedding bands do also. I’ll double check tonight… if I remember! LOL!

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My fh is a welder so there is tungsten all over my kitchen right now. Tungsten would not be a great choice for any of those working in labor trades as it can be shattered, not just by knocking it, but trade guy are a lot harder on rings than the average joe. Tungsten also get more brittle with age and exposure to heat and cold. If you guy works in an office there should be no issue, but if he works in a trade you might give a look at a high grade stainless.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

This is a re-post of what I’ve said about Tungsten before:  (also, feel free to PM me if you have any metal related questions, it is what I do for a living)

Let me just start this by saying that hubby & I are both engineers, and I work with metals a LOT with my job.

I’ve read a few people argue on here about the different grades & quality of Tungsten wedding rings (with the argument usually implying that the more expensive ones are better).  As far as “grade” and “quality” goes.. Tungsten Carbide is primarily used as precision and/or high-speed tool steel for metal machining.  So even ‘low grade’ tungsten-carbide is still incredibly hard!  Furthermore, I haven’t seen any wedding ring that comes with a material certification that states or implies the material grade.

So, go with a cheap one and don’t worry about it unless your Darling Husband plans on taking a sledge hammer to it.  🙂

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