Tungsten carbide was first discovered in the later years of the 1700’s and credited to brothers and Spanish chemists, Juan Jose and Fausto Elhuyar. The words tung sten can be directly translated from Swedish, meaning “heavy stone”. While this metal was only discovered a few hundred years ago, it wasn’t until the early 1960’s that it began being used in the production of jewelry products. It is said that tungsten carbide was first used by a company known as Rado. Not long after the release and success of the worlds first “scratch-proof” watch, did other companies follow suit in using this mineral for their own jewelry. Since then, tungsten carbide has been growing in popularity, especially with the newly engaged and soon
to be wed.
At this point in time, there is a greater selection of styles for men than there is for women, however, the metal is often less expensive and more durable than its precious metal counterparts. When looking for the right band for either you or your future spouse, it’s important to note that some tungsten carbide rings are made with cobalt, which can cause allergic reactions and permanently stain the ring. Different binders used in the process of tungsten carbide jewelry making, such as nickel and cobalt and even the quality of tungsten used, is what gives us the vast range in prices. It is for this reason that you can see prices listed for as low as $10.00 and as high as $3,000.00.
Dense, heavy and durable, tungsten remains long lasting, modern and rare. While it might seem that tungsten carbide is only suitable for masculine tastes, there is a variety of styles for those looking for a flare of femininity. Sleek, diamond set and two toned inlay options are all available. An important note when starting your search: only go with retailers that offer lifetime warranties and will allow the return of the product if it doesn’t fit properly because tungsten carbide can not be resized. Ensure that the jeweler you’re working with is using the proper grade of tungsten and can properly inform you on the material and all its features.
Due to its heavy nature, scratch resistance and durability, tungsten rings can withstand wear and tear from many kinds of professions, especially from those working with their hands. Overall, selection is limited but the strength and long lasting pros of this type of wedding band will make for a remarkable, striking and unique piece for that special day. For more information about tungsten carbide wedding bands, please contact us.