It’s a typical question for those eager to tie the knot: what ring should I get my fiancé? There are so many options and styles that the possibilities are endless. Like your marriage, you want the ring to stand the test of time. A ring that will not only suit your future spouse’s lifestyle, but will also last until death do you part. If you’re nodding yes right now, then a Tungsten wedding band could be perfect for you.
Tungsten, also known as wolfram, has some pretty remarkable properties. Out of all the metals, tungsten has the highest melting point and the highest tensile strength. But tungsten wedding bands are not made out of pure tungsten, mostly because it’s too difficult to work with. Usually, tungsten wedding bands are made out of tungsten carbide. Tungsten carbide is twice as hard as steel, four times harder than titanium and has been used for years in mining machinery and rocket engine nozzles.
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There are three types of tungsten wedding bands available to you. First, you have your classic tungsten rings. Most likely, these grey, basic rings are what came to mind when you first considered buying a tungsten band. Second, there are black tungsten rings. The blackness is a result of a process that permanently changes the surface color from its natural gray to onyx and makes your ring even more resistant to scratching. Finally, you have white tungsten, made with a special bonding process that turns the grey exterior to a luxurious white, rather like platinum. However, white tungsten isn’t as scratch-proof as the other metals so you might want to take that into consideration.
All of these styles can be purchased at most jewelry stores or online vendors, but make sure you go to a retailer that offers lifetime warranties and uses jewelry grade tungsten. You want the ring to last through all the trials and joys of your new life together.