Watchmakers were the first to use tungsten carbide (a tungsten mix) in the jewelry industry. The strength and amazing scratch resistance of tungsten have also made the metal a very popular choice for modern rings, and tungsten wedding bands are ideal for even the toughest lifestyles. Tungsten’s light hue also makes it a less expensive option for buyers who don’t want to pay the hefty price tag for platinum or palladium.
Tungsten rings look fantastic as just bare polished metal, but the silvery sheen of tungsten also creates the perfect backdrop and blank canvas for colorful inlays. Choose warm woods or even fiery opal inlays. Dinosaur bone or meteorite inlays incorporate an otherworldly style.
Advantages of Tungsten jewelry:
- Durable: Because of its high hardness, tungsten jewelry is durable and will not scratch easily.
- Shiny look: Tungsten jewelry maintains a lustrous look for a long time. You can expect it to keep looking as good as new even after years of purchase.
- Hypoallergenic: It’s a safe metal for people with sensitive skin.
- Budget-friendly: Tungsten jewelry is affordable compared to other hard metals like platinum and titanium. If you’re on a low budget and want to choose an engagement ring that’s durable, tungsten is a great option.
- Unique color: Tungsten jewelry often comes in a unique, metallic color that many people love. It comes in steel-gray, silver-white, or black.
Sitting on the Periodic Table of the Elements as #74 and bearing the chemical symbol “W,” tungsten is very dense and has an extremely high melting point. In its natural, raw form, tungsten is light-hued white metal, like platinum and palladium. The element is naturally occurring alongside the mineral Wolframite, aptly named as tungsten was also originally known as Wolfram (thus the ‘W’ as the chemical symbol).