Tungsten is quickly becoming one of the most popular, contemporary styles for wedding bands, and for a good reason. Not only are they visually pleasing, but they offer several benefits over other wedding bands and materials.
In this article, we'll go over what tungsten is, why it's become so popular, and offer some samples of the sharpest looking rings.
What Is Tungsten?
Tungsten is a silvery metal with the highest melting point of any pure metal. It's commonly known for use in lightbulbs and heating fixtures due to that high melting point.
Tungsten rings are made from Tungsten Carbide, which is produced through bonding carbon and tungsten together. This increases its strength and durability. Tungsten carbide drill bits are common very common in machining due to this reason. Patrick Adair Designs utilizes a jewelry-grade Tungsten Carbide that exhibits a great amount of durability.
These rings can take some damage, heat, and stress. Tungsten wedding bands are a perfect choice for those who use their hands a lot or live a crazy lifestyle.
Tungsten Rings Have Tremendous Durability
The Moh's hardness scale is a determiner of what the strongest minerals are on the planet. Pure tungsten comes in at a 7.5, while tungsten carbide (what most tungsten rings are made of) comes in at an incredible 9.5 rating. These rings are incredibly strong. Compare that with 18K rose gold which comes in at under 3 on the hardness scale.
What's that mean for the wearer? It means they won't scratch, they won't wear or easily degrade, and that they can keep their sheen and luster for a lifetime, with very little to no maintenance.
Tungsten carbide wedding bands not tarnish or oxidize like silver rings, even if they have ion plating or other coatings on them.
There's a reason jeweler's call Tungsten Carbide rings scratch proof. These are tough rings and their owners should take note. There's little chance these rings will ever need to be replaced and are very easy to maintain and clean.
Tungsten Ring Safety
A valid concern for many is if that ring is so strong, what happens if it gets stuck on in an emergency situation? Let's break down some of the facts.
If something is extremely scratch resistant, it is inversely crack-resistant, which is the case with tungsten rings.
Tungsten rings can be removed if needed. Emergency responders carry tools strong enough to break through tungsten rings and, in many cases, they're easier to get off than traditional gold rings, which warp and flex and dig into the wearer's skin. Tungsten rings, meanwhile won't warp but will crack and break under extreme pressure.
That doesn't mean there should be zero caution. Like any metallic wedding ring, there runs some risk when wearing a tungsten ring while doing extreme activities.
Extreme sports, weightlifting, bow-hunting, and other situations can prove dangerous if wearing a metallic ring, so take note of when and where and when to wear your tungsten wedding ring.
Tungsten Carbide Wedding Ring Styles and Design
There are plenty of designs when it comes to tungsten carbide rings. Due to how durable and hard tungsten rings are, the designs of a men's tungsten ring can be a bit sparse. They tend to be quite simple and the only variations are the cuts and finishes of the ring. Luckily, at Patrick Adair Designs, you have the ability to customize your own Tungsten Glowstone Inlay Ring to have your own colors and exotic materials/gems.
Before diving in, let's talk about these different finishes and cuts that you should know about.
Different Cuts of Rings
Cuts are the way that the ring curves (or doesn't) around the finger. For example, the edges could be straight, flat, rounded or beveled. Beveled edges have slowly become more and more popular for men's wedding bands while most people still prefer rounded edges since they are the most comfortable on a regular basis.
When purchasing rounded edges, look for labels that read 'Comfort Fit' for a ring that feels and wears tremendously well. All Patrick Adair Designs men's tungsten wedding bands are beveled and comfort fit.
Next, there are a few different finishes that can be put on tungsten rings. One of the more popular finishes available for tungsten bands is a brushed finish. The ring will have a brushed center that is extremely subtle but will add a nice touch to the ring. Another great feature of tungsten is that it holds a high-polish extremely well, meaning that it will not lose its shine and luster. A high-polish finish is by far the most popular finish for traditional wedding bands. All Patrick Adair Designs tungsten wedding bands are offered with high polished beveled edges. Matte rings are also becoming quite popular. These replace the sleek, shimmering surfaces of a ring with a softer, less-shiny surface texture.
Hammered finishes are a more modern approach to ring design. This leaves a textured look on a ring that's hardy, powerful, and one-of-a-kind.
Patrick Adair Designs tungsten rings are customizable and meant to reflect the wearer as intimately as possible. Our tungsten carbide rings come with numerous inlays with different qualities and features.
Something we pride ourselves on is our colored and glowing inlays. Our Tungsten Glowstone Ring is a perfect example of this.
You can choose your daytime color, the glow color, and the inlay material you'd prefer for a one-of-a-kind ring. These can be as simple as malachite or copper, to as marvelous and extravagant as uncut diamonds, or even real meteorite.
Sizing and Cost
Another perk of Tungsten rings is their cost. You can craft a ring truly unlike anything else for a fraction of the price of a traditional gold ring. This comes with the extra perk that it will not damage or tarnish.
One thing to consider when purchasing a tungsten ring is that due to its high melting point, it cannot be resized later on. If you are unsure of your ring size, we can send you a free ring sizer before making your order through our "Request a Ring Sizer" size option. You can also google search to find a local jeweler who can fit you with an accurate ring size. Of course, because of the cost differential, you'll be able to pay for two or three tungsten rings for the price of one normal golden one.
Tungsten Rings Are Here to Stay
At Patrick Adair Design, we're committed to crafting only the best looking and most comfortable rings to go with your perfect wedding. Tungsten rings offer immense style and durability for a reasonable cost.
Search our shop for our complete Tungsten collection and feel free to craft and create your own using our tools as a base. Make your perfect day shine with a Tungsten Carbide ring.