Post # 1
Long story short, I’ve asked my boyfriend what kind of ring he would want and he said it’s totally up to me. Originally I thought I’d just have his made out of palladium (since that’s what my ring is going to be made of), but then I discovered tungsten carbide. $30 for a ring that doesn’t scratch/dent/get dull…can it be true? And what about titanium…is it all it’s cracked up to be?
Tell me bees, wouldn’t I be crazy to pay $500+ for palladium if this other stuff is just as good? Did any of y’all choose tungsten or titanium for your man’s ring??
Just to make it clear, he really really really does not care if he has a $1 or a $1000 ring. I’m pretty sure he’d wear a piece of string if that’s what I picked. Dollar value of the ring doesn’t add or diminish any value of marriage to us. I just want to know the pros and cons of these cheap metals! 🙂
Post # 3
My Fiance chose tungsten and obviously hasn’t worn it yet but the jeweler said it’s guarunteed, if it does break all we have to do it bring the pieces in and they replace it free-it wasn’t $30 though, I think we paid $130?
Post # 4
@SecretBee23: My Darling Husband has a platinum ring as well as a titanium one.
The platinum one was the ring we used for the ceremony and the ring he will wear on nice occasions.
He will wear the titanium ring for day to day work since he works with computers and computer parts that scratch the platinum.
One thing to know about titanium and tungsten is that it cannot be cut and cannot be re-sized. So if something were to happen to damage your SO’s finger the ring could not be cut off. They can be shattered, but there is the risk that the shattered metal could enter the skin, further damaging the finger (where as platinum, gold, etc can be cut off with metal cutters).
Post # 5
@mrs_cameron12: I could be lying about the $30 price tag. That’s what I was seeing on Amazon/Ebay while browsing. I wonder if sellers are being honest on those sites?
@KatNYC2011: I’ve heard about this before. Totally scares the crap out of me! I’ve read the grade of titanium they use could be cut off but I know absolutely nothing about tungsten!
Post # 6
Oh, and also bees, which metal out of tungsten/titanium looks more like palladium? As that would affect my choice as well!
Post # 7
@SecretBee23: My DH’s titanium ring looks just like his platinum ring. only difference is that it’s a little thicker. But that’s purely design not because of the metal.
I don’t know as much about tungsten.
Post # 8
Darling Husband has 2 titanium rings; the one I gave him on our wedding day has gotten scratched…badly. It’s black titanium and not sure if that has anything to so with it. So he wears that one for work and play and he has a nicer one for other stuff. Both rings were $60 total. Do keep in mind most tungsten is alot heavier than titanium so he may not like it. I know Darling Husband didn’t bc when he tried a tungsten ring on it felt about 10x heavier than his rings now.
Post # 9
My husband has a tungsten carbide band. He wears it to work & he has even worked out while wearing it & it has no scratches on it at all. He loves it & there was so many styles to pick from! & I still think that it looks good with my rings even though they are different metals.
Here is his band:
We got his from overstock.com for 56 dollars. Its marked Tungsten Carbide on the inside also which is really nice.
& This is my wedding band. Two totally different metals. 🙂 Mine is white gold:
I need to get a good picture of them together & add it on here.
Post # 10
My fi just got his titanium ring and he LOVES it – he doesn’t wear any jewellery now, and he says that when he has his ring on (yeah, we try them on ALL THE TIME!) he can barely feel it, cause its so well fitted and so light.
As for the no cutting/no resizing of titanium rings, our jeweller told us that older titanium alloy rings couldn’t be resized (they can always be cut, regardless of the metal – surgeons saws can cut through anything up to 8.9 on the moh’s harness scale, which is nearly diamond’s hardness), but that newer ones can be resized by 2 sized up and down.
Post # 11
Have you checked out cobalt? It can be slightly resized and cut in emergencies but is harder than titanium and more scratch-resistant.
Post # 12
We got a “free” tungsten rign for Darling Husband ($25 shipping/handling) and it looks great! He is hard on rings and has already lost his forestry ring, so I didn’t want to spend a fortune. It is the “faith” ring on JVL jewelery. You can put in “Brides” at the cash to get it for $25.
Post # 13
My husband went with tungstun b/c he liked the color of that one more. He would have love to get titanium, if it came in the same gunmetal color as tungstun
Post # 14
My Darling Husband went with tungsten. He really liked the color and durability of it. But we did not go with a cheapy one from online. We got it from the same jewler we got my rings from. It cost around $200. His friend had a cheapy one that didn’t hold up very well, so he felt better getting a name brand one from the jewler. Still a great price, but it can not be resized we have already had to exchange it once.
Post # 15
It’s not totally about the cost, I would buy my dude any ring he wanted within reason.
Dude loves titanium because it’s super lightweight. He has a titanium watch from his mom and when I went e-ring shopping for him, I showed him a few other things but he wanted a titanium band. So I bought him a 2mm comfort fit titanium band. He just started wearing it and loves it. Also he doesn’t really fidget with it, which to me shows that it became unnoticable very quickly.
Post # 16
@SecretBee23: Aww, my choice isn’t available. I’m actually getting my fiance’s wedding ring custom made and it’ll be made out of a coin.