Tungsten Ring and Wedding Band Information
With summer months currently sizzling in our favor, love is certainly in season! Let’s face it -- human beings love being in love. From our first-date jitters to the final walk down the aisle, men and women alike have either been struck by cupid’s arrow, or dating around until the next love connection is made. But as they say love doesn't come cheap. In 2012, the average U.S. wedding budget was estimated at $28,000!
“June” reigns supreme as the most sought-after wedding month, with 10.8 percent of U.S. couples who prefer its warm weather. Interested in more wedded-bliss facts? Just take a look at some highlights.
Valentines Day is a wonderful time of year. Love is in the air, spring is around the corner, and many are well on there way to fulfilling their New Years resolutions. The one constant with Valentines Day though is the gift. For some finding that something special for your significant other is simple, for others this can be quite a daunting task. The one question I hear over and over again is, does the perfect Valentines Day gift really exist? Of course it does, the only hard part is finding it. Fear not though, we are here for you in your time of need.
I am sure many of you are familiar with the phrase analysis paralysis. You get so caught up in trying to make the perfect decision that you don't make any decision and are far worse off than if you had simply made a bad decision. With Valentines Day especially the longer you wait to make a decision on your gift of choice for the significant other the worse off you are going to be. Sure everyone thinks, "Hey it's still the first part of January I still have plenty of time to make decision.". Little do you know you couldn't be more incorrect. Restaurants only have so many seats, florists only have so many roses, and Hallmark only carries so many copies of that perfect card.
Choosing the perfect tungsten wedding band, while seeming complex, is simple process if you follow these basic principles: durability, design, and comfort.
Tungsten rings have exploded in popularity. Not only are they stylish, but they are also incredibly strong. In fact, in its processed state, tungsten carbide becomes stronger than titanium, gold, or platinum. All while maintaining its polished shine for a lifetime.
Tungsten wedding rings are known for their unmatched resistance to scratching, while maintaining that permanent shine. The only way to scratch a tungsten ring is with a diamond. Don't be afraid to put your tungsten ring to the test. Not only will it stand up to a steel file without scratching, you can even beat your new wedding band with a hammer without any adverse effects.
Trying to find the perfect tungsten ring may seem overwhelming at times. While there are many factors which weigh heavily in the decision making process there are two tips I always give. First if you are not sure ask. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service team is always ready to assist you. Second go with your heart. I know it sounds cheesy, but think about how many times you second guessed yourself only to kick yourself all the way home for making the wrong decision. While some rings are designed with men in mind and vice versa, tungsten rings are generally unisex. With our wide range of widths and sizes most of our rings make great wedding bands or accessories for both men and women.
Womens tungsten rings are generally smaller in diameter as well as width, while mens bands tend to be a bit wider and larger in diameter. That is not to say that a smaller ring would not look good on a man, however mens tungsten rings are generally a bit wider. Women's tungsten rings are generally smaller and have a feminine look mixed into the ring. It is amazing the difference the width of a ring makes in its overall appearance. Keep in mind when ordering your ring that the width affects the fit. The wider the band the tighter the fit, the more narrow bands fit a bit on the looser side. Generally one would order a ring approximately a half size smaller than traditional metals such as gold and platinum.
Finding the perfect ring for your groom is no easy task. While most people initially think,I'll just pick a gold band for him and we'll be done. Unfortunately, that simply no longer cuts the cake. Mens tungsten wedding bands come in such a wide variety of metals and styles that couples are putting as much effort into finding the perfect ring for him as well as for her.
The first thing to consider when purchasing a man's wedding band is what type of metal works best, gold, silver, platinum, titanium, or tungsten carbide. Each metal has it's benefits and drawbacks, not to mention there is no accounting for personal tastes.
Jewelry is a type of craft or human artifact that is worn to adorn the body. Necklaces, bracelets, headpieces, and rings are all types of jewelry. Pieces of jewelry can be made of organic compounds such as coral and pearl, or of inorganic compounds including gemstones or metals. Some jewelry is worn as a type of human body modification within a body piercing. Jewelry has been used to symbolize social status, wealth, romantic love, or as a part of religious rituals.
Early Human History
Archeologists have found ancient jewelry in Middle Eastern excavation sites dating back to 5000 BC. These items of jewelry employed a variety of materials from numerous regions, as trade routes distributed materials throughout the area. Obsidian glass from Turkey, cowrie shells, gold, silver, steatite, and lapis lazuli were all used in bracelets, headpieces, rings, and other articles of adornment (Tait 2008, 22-8).
Custom engravings have long been a popular way to add that special touch to your wedding bands. Typically engraving a ring involves working with a seasoned jeweler who has a special set of tools known as gravers. Gravers are hand tools which require great precision and practice to properly and cleanly engrave your ring. While this works perfectly for traditional metals such as gold, platinum, and silver, a graver can not even scratch the surface of a tungsten ring. To engrave tungsten rings you will need to work with a jeweler who has either a laser or diamond drag engraver. Laser and diamond drag engravers are large machines with the capability of engraving both inside and outside the band. With laser engravers the machine does all the work, while a graver is only as good as the hands in which it's held.
Laser and diamond drag engraving can be done on both the inner and outer portion of your band. While most engravings are on the inside of the band, just having the option of engraving the outside opens up a whole new world of possibilities. This gives you the opportunity to create your very own design or a special set of characters which only you and your significant other will understand. With the rise of the Lord of the Rings tungsten rings many couples seek to incorporate the Elvish language onto their tungsten wedding bands.
Do you love the look of precious metal rings such as gold, silver, and platinum but dread having to replace your wedding band every few years to due to the damage sustained from everyday wear and tear? What if there was a way to have the precious metal accents in a more durable ring. Well inlay tungsten rings provide just that. By combining the reliability of a tungsten carbide band with your desired precious metal one can truly have the best of both worlds.
Now comes the tough part. What kind of inlay would you like and how would you like it to be fashioned. If you prefer more of a classic style to your wedding ring perhaps you may choose to go with a basic pipe cut band with a single gold or silver inlay. To spice it up a bit you may go with dual inlays or a wider single inlay paired with a step or beveled edged tungsten band. If you are really into style then perhaps a band with a gold or platinum mokume gane designed inlay would be a style to look into. The most intriguing part of a mokume gane design is no two designs are alike.
Planning Your Wedding
To the inexperienced planning a wedding seems like a simple event. You buy a man's and woman's wedding band, pick out a dress, a church, a place to party, and your work is done. Nothing can be further from the truth! Most couples start planning their big day 12-16 months before the date of the ceremony. While this can be a daunting task, fear not for our helpful guide will have you chuckling at your friends wedding planning horror stories.
Make Life Easy on Yourself
Before you rush out to place a down payment on your diamond wedding dress and make a reservation at St. Thomas Church in Manhattan there is a lot of planning to do. First and foremost you should hire a wedding planner. Whether your budget is large or small, a good wedding planner is worth their weight in gold.
In the early stages of planning your wedding you will want to:
As you see the list starts to grow pretty quickly and without a wedding planner this can all be a bit dizzying. Having someone with established contacts saves time, money, and headaches.
Think tungsten carbide wedding bands are just a passing fad? Think again! Not only are tungsten carbide rings the most durable piece of jewelry you will ever own, they are also incredibly comfortable and stylish. Long gone are the days when a man was restricted to a plain domed gold band. It used to be that men didn't care what their wedding band look liked, or so it seemed. The real issue was that they weren't given any options. The main focus was on finding a way to get the man to spend as much as possible on his soon to be wifes engagement ring. What was left over he could use to purchase his band with.
Well fortunately for men those days are long gone. Tungsten rings solve many problems in one fell swoop. Now mens wedding bands are stylish, durable, and affordable. The days of having to settle for a boring, run of the mill simple silver or gold ring are over. The modern man is learning it's ok to be stylish from head to toe. Including accessories such as rings and wedding bands.
In jewelry production tungsten carbide wedding bands have many advantages over traditional metals. Tungsten as a raw element is comparable to titanium in terms of strength, which is to say very strong. However when combined with carbon to create tungsten carbide, the strength is only surpassed by diamonds. Gold, platinum, and silver while beautiful in their own right just can't withstand the day to day wear in the same way that a tungsten carbide ring will.
In terms of durability tungsten carbide rings are top notch. Tungsten carbide is roughly 10 times stronger than gold and 4 times stronger than titanium. Also with the more traditional metals the purer you get the softer the piece of jewelry is going to be. For instance a 10k wedding band is going to be stronger than a 24k wedding band, however the 10k wedding band has many other "filler" metals in the ring. This means you are paying for a gold ring however you are getting a band that has 58.3% filler materials in it. You will notice with the softer traditional metals that your ring will go out of round more and more often as time goes on. This brings us to the first major advantage of tungsten carbide rings, tungsten carbide will not bend out of round ever. Tungsten carbide can not be bent, so no more rings that fit funny on your finger after that frustrating round of golf.