About Tungsten

The Amazing Tungsten Ring

Tungsten carbide rings and tungsten wedding bands are remarkable pieces of jewelry in many ways. Unlike rings made of traditional metals such as gold, silver, and platinum, tungsten is virtually indestructible. The only thing that can scratch a tungsten ring is a diamond, the hardest element known to man. There is nothing worse than going to put on your ring only to find it is what used to be a perfect circle now resembles a bent oval. With tungsten carbide you no longer need to worry about this as tungsten rings will never bend, nick, or become misshapen.

What about that beautiful finish you ask? All of our tungsten rings and wedding bands have a permanent polish, so you can rest assured your ring will look as magnificent 50 years from now as the day you bought it. Your new tungsten carbide ring will have a heavier precious metal feel, as opposed to other rings such as titanium which you could fall off and may not even notice until it is long gone.

Tungsten Ring Styles

Tungsten wedding rings are comfortable, durable, and come in many different stylish designs. Whether you are looking for a traditional tungsten wedding band, the latest in fashionable tungsten rings or something in between Tungsten Affinity has the perfect ring for you.

When discussing rings there are two main elements; the ring shape, such as domed, pipe cut, concave, etc. and the ring style/finish, such as brushed, polished, beveled, grooved, etc. At Tungsten Affinity we also go a step further in offering rings and wedding bands in a variety of colors ranging from light gray, to dark gray, gold, and even black. Our extensive collection of inlay rings pair innovative materials such as carbon fiber and traditional metals such as gold, with the enduring tungsten band. Each of our tungsten rings goes through multiple steps in the manufacturing process, thus allowing us to create unmatched depth and precision in each design.

Fun Facts About Tungsten

Tungsten carbide rings and wedding bands will not show flaws, and are the most wear-resistant rings you can buy. Tungsten is ten times harder than the strongest gold jewelry, which is also the lowest quality in terms of durability. Gold by nature is a very soft metal, the purer the ring, the more likely it is to be bent or scratched. Tungsten is five times harder than steel, which is highly corrosive, and four times harder than titanium. Tungsten rings and jewelry will hold their shape for a lifetime. Tungsten is a heavy metal and it will not bend or mar.

How to Care for Your Tungsten Ring

While tungsten rings are very sturdy and strong, they need a little care from time to time. Tungsten and ceramic requires very little maintenance, but you should routinely take a moment to clean and inspect your ring about once every month or two.

To thoroughly clean your ring we recommend you use a mild detergent and a soft cloth or tooth brush. If you choose to use an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner do not leave your ring in the machine for more than a minute. Do not use harsh chemicals or cleaners as they may negatively react with your tungsten band. If you sense there is a problem with your tungsten ring, don't worry, we've got you covered with our lifetime warranty

Common Questions

Are your rings made with Cobalt?

No we only use high quality nickel as the binding agent in our rings and mens wedding bands. Our tungsten carbide jewelry is cobalt free.

Why is it important to have a Cobalt free Tungsten Ring?

Cobalt is used in low quality tungsten rings as an alternative binder. Tungsten rings with cobalt are susceptible to scratching, marring, corrosion, and cracking. Tungsten bands manufactured with cobalt often negatively react with skin causing rashes and itchiness. NEVER buy a tungsten ring which contains cobalt.

Can a Tungsten Ring be removed in an emergency?

Yes. There are many misconceptions regarding what to do if you need to remove your tungsten ring in an emergency.

To remove a tungsten carbide ring in an emergency situation, follow these simple steps:

  1. Clamp vise-grip pliers loosely on the ring.
  2. Tighten slowly until you hear a crack.
  3. Remove vise-grip and place in another position on the ring.
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 until the material breaks away. Take care not to slide or rotate the cracked ring on the finger. If the ring contains an inlay of gold, or other soft materials, the inlay can be cut or clipped away in the usual fashion.

Can Tungsten Rings be resized?

No, unlike traditional metals such as gold, silver, and platinum, tungsten rings can not be resized. The metal is simply too hard to cut with any conventional jeweler's tool. Tungsten rings run approximately 1/2 size larger than traditional metals. If you find your finger size has changed over time and you require a new size, do not worry, with our lifetime warranty you can quickly and easily have a new, properly fitting ring in no time.

Are Tungsten Rings Comfortable?

Yes. With our high polished, comfort fit band we are confident you will find your tungsten carbide ring or wedding band is most comfortable piece of jewelry you have ever owned.

Is There a Difference Between Tungsten Rings and Tungsten Carbide Rings?

There is a big difference between pure tungsten and tungsten carbide rings. Pure tungsten rings are very soft and can be scratched, bent, and damaged very easily. Tungsten carbide on the other hand is one of the hardest, most durable metals with which jewelry is made. Tungsten carbide is scratch resistant, will not bend, and will not tarnish. All of our rings are made of tungsten carbide.

How is a Tungsten Carbide Ring Made?

Tungsten carbide rings are created by combining tungsten powder with carbon and nickel. The powders are then placed in a high pressure dye to form a blank. To bind the nickel and carbon with the tungsten the blank is fired at 3600 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once the tungsten rings have cooled they are then cut, shaped, and polished. Due to the fact tungsten carbide is almost as hard as a diamond the shaping and polishing process is very similar to that of the diamond. From start to finish your tungsten carbide ring will go through approximately 35 steps.

Are the Black & Gold Plated tungsten rings as tough as the natural tungsten rings? Will the plating scratch or fade over time?

The Black or Gold color is actually plating affixed to the tungsten via a process called "IP plating" tungsten itself is silver in color so the only way to achieve the color is to use plating. The plating will not scratch or wear off as easily as traditional metals, but it is not as scratch resistant as the tungsten underneath. Plating can be damaged or scratched by coming into contact with an abrasive surface or substance, chemicals, hard surfaces (metal, wood, tile, etc.). Plating can also be damaged by frequent exposure to hard water, or frequent/repeated contact with moderately hard surfaces such as a computer mouse or inside of a glove. Feel free to ask one of our representatives if a plated ring will hold up to your lifestyle. **You still receive the protection of our lifetime warranty coverage with all purchases from Tungsten Affinity.

I keep hearing about the Mohs Scale and how strong Tungsten Carbide is. What is the Mohs Scale and what does it have to do with rings?

The Mohs Scale of mineral hardness is a way to measure the strength of your ring. A metal with a higher number on the Mohs Scale is stronger and less likely to be scratched or bent, where a metal such as gold with a Mohs number of 3 is more likely to be scratched or bent then say a titanium ring with a Mohs number of 6.

The following is a list of common metals used in jewelry production and their corresponding Mohs number:

  • Gold 2.5-3
  • Silver 2.5-3
  • Platinum 3.5
  • Stainless Steel 4-4.5
  • Titanium 6
  • Ceramic 8
  • Tungsten Carbide 9
  • Diamonds 10

What this all means is that if you lead a more active lifestyle and you choose a gold band you are far more likely to see significant damage and scratching then with a titanium ring. With a titanium ring you are more likely to see bending and scratching then with Tungsten carbide. To put this all in perspective, Tungsten Carbide is 4x harder than Gold & twice as hard as Stainless Steel

Not only are tungsten carbide rings stylish and comfortable, they also are the only ring which will never bend and can only be scratched by diamonds.