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If you've shopped for wedding rings online, you might have come across tungsten rings for men. These particular rings have a nice silvery-gray color and can come in various finishes. While tungsten rings tend to have a masculine appearance, some are created for women. If you wonder what the key differences are between tungsten rings made for men versus ones made for women, read the list below.
Before we get into the differences between rings made for men versus women, let's first examine some facts about the metal itself.
Tungsten was discovered around 1783, and its name means heavy stone in Swedish. For many years, tungsten was used in incandescent light bulbs and tools for cutting and drilling. This material is usually used in high-temperature applications since its melting point is 6177 °F.
This metal is incredibly strong and resilient because it resists most forms of acids and will not corrode easily. It's also scratch-resistant and more affordable than gold and silver, which is why it's becoming popular for wedding bands. Naturally, this metal comes in a beautiful silver-gray color.
Generally, wedding bands made for men are typically larger, thicker, and heavier than ones made for women. Most men prefer to have their band thicker and heavier because it gives off a more robust, tougher look associated with masculinity. Although, some men who do not like wearing jewelry will prefer a lighter, thinner ring because they don't want to feel weighed down.
Masculinity is commonly associated with deeper colors, so men's wedding bands are usually darker than women's. As mentioned above, tungsten is usually a silver-gray tone, but it can be made into other colors too. For instance, they can come in black, blue, silver, yellow gold or rose gold. At Steven G Designs we use a special plating process called ‘Ionic Plating’, also known as, ‘IP Plating’. This is a newer plating process that is much more durable than traditional jewelry plating. So, with proper care it should last you many years.
When it comes to a ring's finish, some men prefer a satin or brushed look over a polished one. Polished, shiny metals are more closely associated with femininity. However, men who enjoy a striking appearance might gravitate towards a polished ring. In today's society, gender inclusivity and the collapse of gender norms have made it more acceptable for people to wear what makes them comfortable. Since tungsten is scratch-resistant regardless of finish, it's ideal for virtually any wedding band.
Women's wedding bands tend to be lighter and more delicate than men's because lightweight, thinner rings are associated with femininity. Although, they could always be made thicker/heavier to fit preference. Also, because women's fingers tend to be smaller than men's, women's wedding bands are usually smaller.
Women's rings are generally lighter in color than men's, so many wedding bands for women are silver, gold, rose gold, or some other bright color. Tungsten rings, like men’s rings, can also be made in various colors, such as, black, blue, yellow gold or rose gold.
Polished finishes are more popular for women's wedding bands because of their dazzling appearance. Tungsten is an especially great material for shiny polished finishes because it will not show unsightly scratches. If you desire a more satin finish, some women's wedding bands come in this finish as well.
To take care of your tungsten ring, avoid constant exposure to cleaning products. Take off your ring when you use harsh chemicals, or wear thick gloves. Additionally, it would be best to take off your ring before getting into a pool or hot tub because chlorine can damage the band's polished surface.
Store it in a cool, dry place when you're not wearing your bands, such as a cloth bag or a secure jewelry box. Remember to keep jewelry stored so that it will not rub against or tangle with other jewelry pieces because this could lead to scratches.
Only use warm water and a gentle soap that is free of harsh detergents to clean your band. If stubborn dirt is caked on the ring, use a soft toothbrush to scrub it gently. Then, dry it with a soft cloth.
Tungsten rings can shatter, so you should take off your band when using heavy-duty equipment or tools.
When we sleep, we tend to toss and turn. Repeatedly moving around in an uncontrolled manner may lead damage. To avoid this, make sure you take off your rings and store them in a secure place.
Tungsten is a durable material that is ideal for jewelry. Its pros far outweigh its cons, especially since it is long-lasting, relatively inexpensive, and low-maintenance. Because tungsten rings come in various colors, finishes, densities, and designs, any gender can enjoy the benefits of these bands.
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