When I heard about black tungsten rings, I wasn’t exactly sure what they were. After doing some research, I found that tungsten carbide is three times stiffer than steel, and it’s denser than steel or titanium. The dark silver color can be buffed to a shiny, mirror-like image and makes handsome jewelry. It is popular for rings, particularly a man’s tungsten carbide wedding band.
One thing to make sure is that the tungsten is cobalt free. Apparently, if tungsten is used with a cobalt binder, it can mix with the oils in human skin and cause an unpleasant reaction. The oils cause the cobalt to leach from the jewelry. That doesn’t sound very appealing to me! So, it’s very important to make sure tungsten rings are cobalt free.
One special thing is that engravable tungsten rings can be laser etched for a personalized design. This etching should last the life of a ring, so it’s important to make sure a lifetime guarantee comes with the ring.
Anyone buying tungsten jewelry should make sure of three things, that it is cobalt free, that there is a lifetime guarantee, and that it’s not generic tungsten which might not fit comfortably!. Something as special as a wedding ring should definitely be comfortable and last a lifetime!
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