Post # 1
My fiance and I are planning on a traditional wedding at the church he grew up going to. We’re picking out rings to have blessed so we can exchange them at our ceremony with our vows. Vaughn wants a tungsten ring because he’s heard they’re indestructible but I’ve heard that’s not true. In fact, I’ve heard tungsten rings breaking can be pretty common. Can anyone please shed some light on if this is true and if they have any alternatives in the same price range?
Post # 3
My husband has tungsten and has not broken or scratched it. Yes, it is a bit brittle but that is only if you smash it with a hammer or something, not everyday use.
Post # 4
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I’ve heard the same, they’re more durable than gold but brittle so it *can* shatter, but I don’t think it’s something that will be done easily. And, it can be cut off in an ER in the event your Fiance ever hurts his hand…which is a common misconception. I think some jewelers tell you this so you’ll pay the higher price for gold or platinum, LOL.
Post # 5
however, there is no such thing as a totally scratch proof metal. my brother in law is a mechanic and has scratched the hell out of his tungsten ring.
if you work with your hands, take off that ring! there are safety issues for doing this too.
but if you don’t work with your hands, tungsten will probably look pretty good for a long time.
Post # 6
I’m a jeweler and I’m not the biggest fan of tungsten. It’s brittle because when you melt it and cast a ring with it, the metal develops airbubbles. This happens with steel too. Forged steel is tough as you can get, but a poor cast can shatter if you drop it on tile! Gold is ductile, and it’s much easier to fix a bent ring than a shattered one. When I worked at Zales their policy was no repairs for tungsten or steel. They’ll sell it to you but they don’t want to mess with fixing or sizing it!
Post # 7
Anything is breakable or bendable. I wouldnt even want to be in a postion where I’d have to worry about my ring being smashed cause at that point, I’d be more worried about how my hand would hold up! My husband has had his tungstun ring for almost a year and there isnt a scratch on it. And at its price point, I dont care if it could be resized, its no problem to buy a different size. We even joke about keeping a few extras around the house in case he lost it just cause its so cheap.