(Closed) Tungsten?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My husband has a tungsten ring- he thought it was so cool because he’s military and has shot with tungsten. I love it because it looks great and was so cheap. If it ever gets lost or damaged we can just buy another. 

Post # 18
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462 posts
Helper bee

As other PPs have said, tungsten cannot be cut off or resized. It has to be cracked off of the finger. I would not personally go with tungsten because I would not want something that my SO could outgrow or no longer wear, or something that would have to be destroyed in an emergency. I would want his ring to be his forever ring, just as mine would be. I do agree that they look very cool, and I appreciate the color options available and the affordability, but I think they’d be better for casual jewelry and not something symbolic like a wedding ring.

Post # 19
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366 posts
Helper bee

Tungsten is fine as long as he is okay with the fact that is cannot be resized and that there is a chance it could shatter.  Emergency personal do know how to remove industrial rings (like tungsten and titanium).

 

My husband choose a titanium band.  It has held up great.  Titanium doesn’t have the shattering problem that tungsten does and is nickel free.  We purchased his ring from TitaniumKay.  They also have tungsten rings as well and it was priced very well.

Post # 21
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Helper bee

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jayymed05 :  You cannot resize a titanium ring very much, and most jewelers do not have the equipment to do so. You can generally only resize it larger by shaving out part of the inside of the ring, and it would likely have to be done by the manufacturer or a larger-scale jewelry or metalworking operation that works with titanium. Has he considered something like an oxidized silver or gold ring? The black patina will wear off with time but can be reapplied. My SO is military as well so I understand where he’s coming from with needing it to look badass haha

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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jayymed05 :  I really don’t think the resizing thing is an issue, guys generally have to gain or lose serious amounts of weight before their ring size changes. My husband has gained & lost 30+ pounds since our wedding and it’s never been an issue with his wedding band. But if you’re concerned, you could always get an extra band in the next size to be blessed with the main one during your wedding ceremony. 

Also there’s always anniversaries to make new bands sentimental and special. Tungsten is just such a cool material, nothing else really compares, that I think you should go for it if it’s what your husband wants! Tungsten is also used in all sorts of industrial applications, because it’s one of the hardest materials, which makes it extra manly haha. And it’s also far more rare than gold or platinum. Titanium is also a cool option but it’s completely different, very lightweight whereas tungsten is heavy & solid.

Post # 23
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Helper bee

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jayymed05 :  No, titanium cannot be resized in the traditional way.  It can be shaved down inside or stretched.  Usually no more than a size.  Some places offer a lifetime sizing guarantee (at least I’ve heard some do)–so you’ll get a free ring if it needs to be resized.  It can be engraved with a laser as well.

Titanium is lightweight but doeesn’t scratch easily.  My husband liked the look of it better than precious metals and that is would be more durable.  I wanted him to get a precious metal, but he didn’t want any of that.

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