Tungsten Carbide Rings

Tungsten carbide is one of the most scratch-resistant metal known to man. It is ten times harder than 18k gold, five times harder than steel, and four times harder than titanium. In short, it is the hardest metal on Earth. Tungsten wedding bands give you peace of mind because they come with a lifetime warranty that covers size exchanges and accidental damage. For this reason, they are the most popular choice for practical and stylish couples all over the world. 

From Pros & Cons to Facts & Myths:

Pros

Cons

Extreme scratch resistance 

Tungsten rings cannot be sized, they have to be exchanged.
Tungsten does not bend like gold or soft precious metals

Tungsten rings can fracture or shatter if enough force is applied, making them easy to remove in an emergency.
Multiple color options: white, black, & classic gray


Keeps its finish forever

Tungsten is very affordable compared to white gold.


Tungsten has a heavy weight, similar to the weight of platinum

Tungsten has a heavy weight, similar to the weight of platinum

Hypoallergenic
Nickel allergies can be affected by tungsten rings


Pros: Tungsten carbide is the most scratch resistant metal known to man. Tungsten carbide jewelry is affordable, and has a nice weight to it, like gold and platinum. Tungsten rings are quick and easy to remove from your finger in case of medical emergency, easier than gold. Tungsten does not bend out of shape due to its hardness, so in an accident the ring will not become deformed where it would injure your finger even more. It is hypoallergenic. People with allergies to gold jewelry can wear tungsten jewelry. Tungsten wedding bands come in a natural gun metal grey color, but can be plated black, white, or even gold colors.

Cons: Just like a diamond, tungsten is very scratch resistant and will not bend out of shape, but it will break if enough shock or pressure is applied to it. Reputable jewelers and manufacturers will offer a lifetime warranty that covers this by providing a replacement ring in case of accidental breakage. Again, due to its hardness, tungsten rings cannot be resized. Reputable jewelers and manufacturers should provide a lifetime sizing policy to provide for size exchanges when your finger size changes. Tungsten carbide is not easily turned back into cash. Gold is traded on the world’s commodities markets and is very liquid. This means anyone can change gold into cash or gold is just like cash. Tungsten is not traded and easily valued if you want to pawn it someday, it will be difficult. 

Tungsten has the highest melting point of all metals at an astounding 6,191.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Tungsten is rated at about a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. A diamond, which is the hardest substance on earth, is rated at a 10. Tungsten carbide is about 2 or 3 times harder than titanium and cobalt chrome. Tungsten carbide wedding bands are the top selling metal for men’s wedding bands in America today. 

Myths: "Tungsten carbide rings cannot be removed in case of an emergency." As mentioned in the Pros section, it can be and is the easiest ring to be removed in case of an emergency. "Tungsten rings are indestructible." This is not true. For some reason, many people associate tungsten’s ability to withstand scratching, as proof that it is indestructible. There are dishonest companies posting videos online showing tungsten rings being hit by a hammer and not breaking. These are either edited or they are not really hitting it that hard. Tungsten’s hardness is what makes it so resistant to scratching. That same level of hardness also means that it won’t bend, but it will break or crack if enough force is applied to it, kind of like a diamond. "You want a pure tungsten carbide ring." Pure tungsten carbide rings are not possible. Tungsten carbide by itself is a powder. You need a binder, like nickel, to hold it all together to form a shape. It is kind of like a granola bar. You need the sugar or honey to have all the grains stick together to form the shape of a bar. The ideal amount of tungsten carbide to make jewelry is about 85%.

Womens Tungsten Rings

Both lightweight and eye-catching, a women’s tungsten wedding band is the ideal choice for a lifetime of wear. 
Women’s tungsten carbide rings are scratch-resistant—harder than steel, titanium and 10 times harder than gold—and won’t bend out of shape over the years. Tungsten is also a more affordable alternative than typical jewelry metals like silver, and a unique wedding band for women.

Whether a bride’s style is classic and elegant, bold and colorful, or somewhere in between, there’s a tungsten wedding band for her. Gold-plated rings have a traditional look, while a wood or ceramic inlaid pattern offers a creative touch. Styles are available in wide and narrow widths to suit each bride’s taste. 
Our men's and women’s tungsten wedding rings are backed by our lifetime warranty that covers accidental damage and offers free size exchanges. These elegant rings can also be laser engraved with a personal message from a future spouse.


Mens Tungsten Wedding Bands

Durable men’s tungsten wedding rings are perfect for the active guy. These scratch-resistant bands can stand up to wear and tear better than typical jewelry metals. In fact, tungsten and tungsten carbide are some of the hardest metals out there—they’re harder than steel and titanium, and 10 times harder than gold.

Tungsten wedding bands range in style from grey to black to wood inlay. They’re also available in extra wide or flat styled designs. Opt for a band with diamonds, or choose a white tungsten ring—the same color as platinum or white gold—for a traditional look without the high price tag. These affordable wedding rings are less expensive than both gold and platinum.

Our tungsten rings for men are made with jewelry-grade tungsten carbide, and every ring comes with a lifetime warranty that covers accidental damage and size exchanges. 


Ceramic Rings

Ceramic rings are incredibly shiny and sleek, making them ideal for both women’s and men’s wedding bands. Because ceramic has a high melting point, they are strong and won’t be bent out of shape after years of wear. Ceramic jewelry is also hypoallergenic. It's a great alternative for those who have reactions to metal.

If you're looking for durability, we offer a selection of ceramic wedding rings that also include options made with tungsten carbide. From black ceramic rings to wood inlays, colorful patterns and metallic accents, there are hundreds of unique styles to choose from. 

All our ceramic wedding bands come at an affordable price to fit your budget.


Titanium Wedding Bands

Beautiful, lightweight and strong, titanium rings have the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal. Titanium jewelry is much more durable than gold or platinum (even stronger than stainless steel) and won’t crack under pressure.

This durable metal has some unique advantages. Titanium wedding rings are whiter than tungsten but darker than cobalt, chrome, platinum or white gold. Lightweight and comfortable, a titanium band is easy to wear yet strong, and it’s great for those with sensitive skin—they do not contain nickel, making them a perfect choice for a hypoallergenic wedding ring. 

Best of all, both women’s and men’s titanium wedding bands are a stylish and affordable wedding ring that will fit in your wedding budget.

Black Titanium Rings

Black rings have been in fashion since the Greeks and Romans crafted them from onyx, and black wedding rings are still a popular choice for many couples today. They’re hypoallergenic and lightweight, making them comfortable to wear. Black titanium wedding bands are also strong enough to resist everyday wear without bending.

But they’re not just for that special wedding day. Both men’s and women’s rings make great gifts to mark any special occasion, from birthdays to graduation.

Wood Inlay Rings

Unique wood wedding rings combine natural elements and shine for a stunning selection.

This striking option unites jewelry-grade metals with real wood to create a beautiful and unexpected band. The wood is inlaid in the metal, then a jewelry epoxy covers the wood ring, ensuring the design is waterproof and durable. For extra resilience, wood tungsten rings are made with tungsten carbide, one of the strongest metals in the world.

Styles of wooden rings include dark grains like black walnut and redwood, as well as ash, teak and koa. Wooden wedding bands can be matched with gold, silver, platinum, ceramic and titanium to fit any aesthetic. For a more masculine look, select a men’s wood inlay ring in a darker grain, while a lighter color—paired with a rose gold lining—is a perfect women’s wood inlay ring. The neutral, natural tone makes them easy to wear every day.

Cobalt Wedding Bands

Cobalt wedding bands won’t count as your “something blue,” but they are a perfect way to celebrate your love. This durable, scratch-resistant metal is more accurately known as cobalt chrome. Together, cobalt and chrome form a strong bond that turns the metal’s signature deep blue color into a stunning white.
As white as platinum rings or white gold, these rings are an affordable option for white jewelry. They’re even whiter than titanium wedding bands and offer a better scratch resistance. Plus, they don't require rhodium plating to keep their color. Cobalt is free of nickel alloys and hypoallergenic. It’s even used in the medical implant industry because it’s bio-compatible and unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. A cobalt chrome ring is a perfect selection for someone who experiences sensitivity to traditional jewelry metals.
Both women’s and men’s cobalt wedding bands are budget-friendly. 

Silver Wedding Rings & Bands

Traditional sterling silver wedding bands are popular for a reason—they’re timeless, beautiful and affordable. But today, they’re just one option among many. For a more durable ring, opt for argentium silver. These rings are alloyed with germanium and won’t tarnish. With a minimum silver content of 93.5 percent, they contain more pure silver than sterling bands.
 
Silver wedding rings bring plenty of opportunity for personalization. Add your signature touch by choosing an extra-wide or diamond-studded band. For a classic look, opt for a polished finish. Select a matte or hammered finish to create interest on an otherwise simple ring.
Both women’s and men’s silver wedding bands can be engraved. 



HOW HARD IS TUNGSTEN?

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Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness

 Mohs Scale of Hardness - Comparison of material hardness

Scratch Resistance of Tungsten vs. Titanium and other Metals (Moh's Scale of Hardness Chart)

Ever wondered about how tungsten carbide stacks up to titanium and other materials commonly used to make men's wedding bands? Below is a chart using Mohs Scale of Hardness to measure the scratch resistance of common materials used in the jewelry business, and as a comparison we have included some materials everyone is familiar with, such as your fingernail or tooth, so you can get an idea of how hard something is. As you can see, diamonds get a perfect 10 for being the hardest and most scratch resistant material on earth, which means nothing can scratch it except another diamond. Tungsten is the hardest and most scratch resistant metal, but non metals such as diamonds, sapphires and other hard crystals can still scratch. Titanium is far less scratch resistant than tungsten. 


Comparison graph of material hardness


Choosing the Perfect Metal for Your Wedding Band

When it comes to choosing the perfect metal for your wedding band, it really comes down to what qualities you are looking for in that metal.  Most people want a durable metal that will not easily get scratch or look worn, like tungsten or ceramic rings.  Some want a certain color, maybe a white metal, maybe a dark one.  Some prefer a metal that has a high value, like platinum or gold.  What ever the case may be, we can help you make that choice.  Take a look at the chart below, which compares each metal by the most common criteria that couples feel are important to them when selecting what type of metal their future wedding bands should be.  Also listed below, are the biggest advantages and disadvantages of each type of metal.  

Metal TypeScratch ResistanceAffordabilityMetal PurityHypoallergenic
Level
Density (Weight)
Tungsten Carbide




Cobalt Chrome



Titanium



Black Ceramic
Platinum
Palladium
14k Gold
Silver


Pros and Cons of Metals:

Tungsten –  
Pros: Most scratch resistant metal, very affordable price. Very easy to remove in case of medical emergency, no cutting or sawing, hypoallergenic. 
Cons: Not naturally as white as platinum, due to its hardness, it doesn’t bend, it breaks if enough force is applied.

Ceramic – 
Pros: Just as scratch resistant as tungsten, black color is not plating like black tungsten, so can’t scratch off, won’t set off metal detectors, hypoallergenic.  
Cons: due to its hardness, it doesn’t bend, it breaks if enough force is applied.

Cobalt Chrome – 
Pros: Color of Platinum, Better scratch resistance than titanium, hypoallergenic, doesn’t crack under pressure.  
Cons:Scratches easier than tungsten, must be sawed off in medical emergency.

Titanium – 
Pros: Hypoallergenic, does not crack under pressure, affordable.  
Cons: Not as white as platinum, must be cut off in emergency, scratches easiest of all alternative metal rings.

Palladium – 
Pros: High precious metal content, almost as white as platinum, more affordable than platinum or gold rings, better scratch resistance compared to platinum, silver, and gold, hypoallergenic.  
Cons: Not as white as platinum, harder to cast compared to gold and platinum.

Platinum – 
Pros: Most luxurious metal, very white color, hypoallergenic.  
Cons: Most expensive metal, scratches easier than palladium.

Silver – 
Pros: Least expensive precious metal, very white color, hypoallergenic.  
Cons: Tarnishes, but can be cleaned at home, only more scratch resistant than gold.

Gold – 
Pros: Good store of value, easy to work with, can be made into many colors.  
Cons: Scratches easily, high cost, white gold is plating that scratches off and needs to be re-plated.