Tungsten Carbide Facts:
Tungsten Carbide is one of the hardest metals known to man; it is ten times harder than Gold, twice as hard as Steel, and four times harder than Titanium. It has become a serious competitor in the ring industry due to its enduring quality, sleek look, and affordability.
Tungsten Carbide is the most scratch-resistant metal used in jewelry. This ensures that your Tungsten Carbide will maintain its “brand new” appearance with little or no maintenance. Its shine does not diminish over time, Tungsten does not scratch, nor bend out of shape.
Due to its superior hardness, Tungsten Carbide rings can not be sized. It is important that you get the proper size for your ring when ordering. If you are not sure of your size, we will gladly send you a finger measuring gauge at no cost to you. Please keep in mind, since all of our tungsten rings are comfort fit, they'll run about approximately 1/2 size bigger than regular standard-fit rings. Comfort-fit simply means that the inside of the band is slightly domed resulting in a comfortable fit.
We recommend inscribing your Tungsten Carbide ring with high-quality laser engraving. Standard etching on tungsten carbide is not precise and will damage the structure of the alloy causing a chip in the ring.
Removing your tungsten ring is the same as any ring. In the event of an emergency, a Tungsten Carbide ring is actually one of the safest to wear as it can protect you. Rings made of silver, gold or even platinum can deform while on your finger making it hard to get off, Tungsten Carbide will not bend out of shape. Jewelry shops, and emergency medical buildings have a special tool to remove titanium and tungsten wedding bands. In addition, Tungsten bands can be fractured into pieces carefully using vise-grip pliers.
Did you know? Tungsten Carbide has been used in aerospace and mining industries for decades before it emerged as a popular choice in jewelry due to its extreme hardness and high resistance to scratching. It was first used by watch makers to make watch bands that are completely scratch-resistant.
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Titanium is the number one choice for wedding bands due to its amazing lightweight and bio-compatible properties. Often referred to as the "space age metal", Titanium is the hardest natural metal in the world. It has three times the strength of steel and is stronger than precious metals like gold silver, and platinum. Just like Tungsten, it will not bend out of shape. It's more scratch-resistant than gold, silver and platinum, but still susceptible to scratches with everyday wear.
At Tungsten Nation, we only offer pure titanium rings to our clients. Our Titanium rings are not only hypoallergenic, but also extremely bio-compatible to body because of its tissue compatibility and elastic attributes. Our titanium rings don't contain alloys that can produce skin irritation or discoloration, and will not react to sunlight, salt water, or body fluids. The color of the titanium rings is caused by oxidization, a heating process that causes the Titanium to change color. The oxide is hypoallergenic and the color will not fade or chip though it can be scratched off.
Titanium rings can not be sized since the metal is too hard for conventional jewelers' tools.
Cobalt is a hard, lustrous, tarnish resistant bright white metal that has been used in jewelry for hundreds of years. It is natural and less dense than other materials, allowing for greater height and shape to be yielded into designs. Cobalt is a hard metal with a hardness score of 5.5 on the Mohs scale. When compared, Platinum is approximately 140 Vickers and Cobalt is an impressive 450 Vickers. While highly scratch resistant compared to traditional metals such as Gold and Platinum, Cobalt Chrome rings are more susceptible than Tungsten to scratching and wear.
Cobalt is not only hypoallergenic but also bio-compatible. This strong, solid contemporary metal is durable, dense, and similar in weight to gold. Rich in shine and sophistication, it's a solid material that evokes classic masculinity and strength.
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