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Once a couple has decided to tie the knot, they typically spend months mapping out the perfect wedding. From the three-tiered cake of their dreams to the high fashion suit from an up-and-coming designer, everything is carefully chosen. Since the details are important to both the bride and groom, they will extend to more major things that will last a lifetime, such as, the wedding bands.
When addressing wedding bands, you'll likely have a lot on your mind. Most couples end up spending a lot of time thinking about questions like, "Does a man buy his own wedding band?" and "Should we buy a tungsten band for the groom and/or bride?"
In this article, we're going to help you answer the latter. By first, explaining what tungsten is, and second, by going through the pros and cons of purchasing a tungsten ring. In the end we hope to make your decision easier.
Tungsten can be found in the Periodic Table of Elements under the symbol ‘W’ and atomic number ‘74’. It is a rare metal found naturally on earth and is rated a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. This compares with a diamond, the hardest substance on earth, which is rated a 10.
Tungsten is a greyish silver lustrous metal that routinely ranks among the best and most popular materials for men's wedding bands because of its durability and cost. When a product is as popular as a tungsten band, you know that there is some truth to its reputation. After all, what could be better than millions of men and women globally using it for their wedding bands and giving it excellent reviews?
Like I mentioned earlier, tungsten is extremely hard. This means that tungsten bands are virtually scratch-resistant and don’t bend easily, like bands made from silver or gold. For example, if you're out gardening there is a good chance you will scratch or damage your gold ring, but if you're wearing a tungsten band, you will have very little to worry about.
Tungsten bands are excellent options for grooms and brides with active lifestyles. Anyone looking for a ring that requires low maintenance would benefit greatly from a tungsten band. A tungsten band requires little care. If your band gets some dirt on it then you simply use mild detergent and water to dampen a soft cloth and wipe the ring. Then use a dry lint-free cloth to dry the ring. How simple is that?
Tungsten is much lower in price when compare to bands made from precious metals. For example, tungsten looks a lot like platinum, and is not only stronger but a platinum band can cost you up to $1,000, whereas, a tungsten ring will cost you usually less than $150 and can even be less than $100. Meaning, you can get about six to ten tungsten rings for the price of one platinum band.
If price isn't your primary concern, then this factor won't hold a lot of weight for you. But for people trying to organize a wedding on a budget, the price of tungsten is crucial to their decision. Moreover, by spending less on the wedding bands, you can spend more on other aspects of your celebration like the food and venue.
Traditional wedding bands are generally only available in limited colors and designs. Sterling silver bands will be silver in color, platinum bands will have a silver-grey color and gold bands will be either yellow or rose in color. With tungsten bands you can get a variety of colors, such as, greyish silver, black, blue, yellow and rose.
Tungsten bands are also made in combination with other material, such as, wood, meteorite, abalone shell and carbon fiber.
With all these variations you will have a lot of options to choose from, so you should have no problem finding a style that you like.
Several metals can cause allergic reactions when in contact with the wear’s skin. One of the most common ones include gold. Tungsten is special in that it a hypoallergenic material and it is very rare for it to cause an allergic reaction in anyone. This allows the groom or bride to wear a symbol of his or her devotion to their partner safely.
Despite the very attractive pros listed above, you should know that there are a few cons to buying a tungsten band.
Tungsten is a very dense metal, which makes it very heavy. Heavy bands can weigh down your finger and be uncomfortable for you. If you intend to wear your wedding band regularly this should be something to consider.
While it does boil down to individual choices, if you prefer a lightweight band perhaps you should consider a ceramic band, which is extremely lightweight.
While tungsten is hard, it is also brittle. So, if you hit it or drop it against a very hard surface, you may end up breaking it. Metals like gold are highly malleable. If you hit a gold band against a wall, it would bend and lose shape, whereas, tungsten can crack and break into pieces. And once broken a tungsten ring cannot be repair. You must purchase a new one.
When buying a tungsten band you need to be certain of your finger ring size. This is because tungsten bands cannot be resized.
Some alternative materials used for bands, like gold and platinum, can resized up or down by a local jeweler. (At times, this can cost you more than the price of a new tungsten band.)
If your tungsten band is fairly new and not personally engraved then it should be possible to exchange the ring you have purchased for a new one in the correct finger size. However, if your ring has been engraved or you have passed the store’s exchange policy date then the only alternative is to purchase a new ring. Your old tungsten band will then have to take on the role of a decorative piece because you won't be able to use it as a ring anymore.
Tungsten bands can be your best choice if you're looking for an affordable alternative to precious metal bands. You won't find a better option given the metal's high durability and strength. Moreover, it's available in a range of styles and colors and is a great idea for anyone looking to steer away from the traditional wedding band towards something funkier and more modern. Just try to be sure of the correct finger ring size you need before ordering! 😊
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