Many jewelers offer pure tungsten wedding bands which lack the hardness of tungsten carbide and can scratch quite easily. Some offer tungsten rings made with cobalt binder because it is cheaper to produce than nickel-binder carbide. We caution you against buying from a jeweler that doesn\’t specify that their tungsten wedding bands are made with the nickel binder alloy. Many stores don\’t list which alloy they are selling because they don\’t know which alloy they are selling. If they don\’t know, it is most likely cobalt alloy or pure tungsten which are cheaper and inferior to the nickel binder tungsten carbide wedding bands.
Due to their extreme hardness and fine, scratch proof polish, tungsten rings are maintenance free and last longer than silver, gold, titanium or nickel, keeping a peerless and untarnished finish that will last a lifetime. Men wear tungsten rings for their classy finish, their durability and their long lasting design. Whether you are on a business trip, or changing the oil on your car, a tungsten ring is the perfect accessory for class, comfort and dependability.
Hand lotion additives, dirt and hand oils can accumulate on your ring that can give it a slightly discolored appearance. With a quick clean, your ring will will be as shiny as the day you bought it. When it comes time to clean your tungsten ring, remember that all you need is a soft cloth and some soapy water. Do not clean your tungsten ring with a supersonic cleaner, a steam cleaner or with harsh jewelry cleaning chemicals. These methods can cause spotting or discoloration on your ring that cannot be removed. Tungsten rings are denser than both steel and titanium. You will find that they are virtually impossible to scratch or scuff. From the moment you slide it on your finger, you will feel the incredible handcrafted quality and superiority of your tungsten carbide ring.
Tungsten carbide is four times harder than titanium, twice as hard as steel, is virtually indestructible, and has been widely used for decades in industrial applications such as cutting tools, mining machinery, and rocket engine nozzles. Tungsten Carbide is commonly referred to as the engagement band that is permanently polished. Tungsten carbide is the most durable ring anybody can purchase. Tungsten by itself could shatter when dropped and easily cracks due to its unique hardness, so therefore requires carbide to prevent shattering. On its own, tungsten is vulnerable to scratches and damage just like any other metal, such as titanium and steel. Tungsten does not gain its extreme hardness until it is combined with a carbon alloy, transferring it into tungsten carbide (WC) with a hardness between 8.5 and 9.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.
Nickel- powder are superior for several reasons. Nickel- powder tungsten carbide is hypoallergenic, chemically inert and therefore will not oxidize, cause rashes, or irritate the skin. We do not use cobalt as it can have an adverse reaction with some wearer\’s skin, sometimes causing a rash. Cobalt bonds with oils in the skin and leeches out of the ring resulting in oxidation. The oxidation appears similar to tarnished sliver, but cannot be removed by polishing or grinding. Nickel, on the other hand, does not bond with oil and therefore does not oxidize.
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