Post # 1
We’ve been having trouble picking out my fi’s metal for rings. He was set on doing tungsten, but then was hearing a lot about not being able to get it cut off, so we are looking at gold. One place suggested Stainless Steel.
My fi works in construction, and plans to wear a ring. We were thinking of getting a cheap band from walmart to wear at work, and wear the other band the rest of the time if he wasn’t going to go with tungsten.
Tungsten is about $95, Stainless is about $69, and gold was ranging between $350-700.
Is it best to go with gold? or should we think about the other metals?
Post # 3
I just had him go to a jewelry store and try stuff on. He ended up choosing a simple white gold band. (We then ordered it online for WAY cheaper.) Easy!
Post # 5
Does your Fiance work in a particularly dangerous career field? Honestly, unless he’s works in metallurgy, construction, or some other high-risk job, tungsten is a great choice. How many times do people need their wedding rings cut off them, and why?? It’s really uncommon…we went with a tungsten ring because of the durability and look. Darling Husband loves it, it’s the ONLY ring he’ll wear (seriously, he doesn’t do man jewelry and balked at gold rings!).
Post # 6
He works in construction, but just remodeling type of stuff, not the other kind.
Post # 7
Tungsten shatters quite easily, so it wouldn’t be a problem to get a tungsten ring off your FI’s hand in an emergency. It’s really more personal choice than anything; I’m a fan of gold and platinum because they’re precious metals, not industrial, and I appreciate their value. But industrial rings tend to be tougher and cheaper, so, it’s up to you!
Post # 8
Gold is fairly soft and will scratch easily. If he’s constantly working with his hands, the gold ring may get beaten up. My Fiance loves working on cars and repairs medical equipment for a living, so we’re going with the tungsten for more durability. Also, I’ve heard that should the need arise they can break tungsten rings to get them off.
Post # 9
My Fiance works in construction and basically destroys everything that goes to the job with him (you should see his cell phone!!).
The jeweler suggested Tungsten Carbide. Yes it is TRUE that you can not cut the ring off, but you can shatter it. The jeweler said all he had to do, if he needed to remove the ring, was to squeeze it with a pair of pliers.
Here is the best thing….the ring has a life time warranty. So if Fiance picks up the pieces of the shattered ring, puts it in a ziploc bag and returns it to the jeweler, Fiance will have a new ring in a few weeks.
Best of luck and I hope this info helps!
Post # 10
I went palladium. It was a compromise between the white gold (which he did not want to have to get re-plated) and platinum (which we did not want to pay the price for). It’s supposed to arrive tomorrow, but I’m expecting good things!
Post # 11
We’re looking at tungsten. The jeweler said if you need it cut off they will use a tool to crack it loose and that most hospitals are completely aware of the way to do this now that tungsten is becoming more popular.
Post # 12
My Fiance is an electrician so he won’t be wearing his ring to work. I’m getting him a plain whit gold band…
oh, & my brother had to get his ring cut off his finger and he doesn’t work construction, he’s a teacher…you never know!!!
Post # 13
In this situation, I’d save the money on the “work” ring & just apply it towards a gold band that he’d wear outside of work. It’s dangerous to wear a ring when you work with your hands… even if the band can be cut off. Fingers with rings on are more likely to get slammed, burned & caught on machinery!!
We’re going with white gold because it can be resized, replated & it doesn’t scratch as easily as platinum. 🙂 I think it’s a good investment!
Post # 14
If you are thinking about safety issues in an emergency, tungsten is okay. A jeweler told us that they can’t cut tungsten, but that they can put a device (I imagine in my head something like a cup-shape. This is not real, but in my imagination) over the ring, and it shatters.
The one metal is cannot do that is platinum, which you do not have listed, so you probably already know that.
They are all a slightly different color too (weight, shine, scratch-resistancy, etc), so go with something in your budget.
Post # 15
We’re doing palladium because it’s a naturally white metal but not nearly as pricey as platinum.