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The most common wedding bands are crafted from silver, gold, or platinum. But couples today are excited to explore unique representations of their commitment to each other, which leads to the question:
What else is out there?
If you’re looking for something more unique, a meteorite tungsten wedding band may be the one for you.
Below we cover the pros and cons of meteorite rings so you can choose the ring you love the most.
Meteorites have an origin that is out of this world, literally. They originate from meteoroids.
Meteoroids are objects from space that cross Earth's path. They are blocks of rock that have broken off from even larger objects like asteroids or comets.
As a meteoroid passes through the Earth's atmosphere light is formed because the meteoroid is traveling very rapidly (over 60,000 km/h). Chemical interactions with atmospheric gases and friction with the Earth's atmosphere cause the object to heat up and give off light. This is known as a ‘shooting star’. If a meteoroid is sufficiently large, there will be pieces left over after the object has burned through the Earth's atmosphere. These pieces are meteorites - rocks from space.
Each meteorite rock that lands on earth is unique, coming in different shapes and sizes. These rocks come with a striated pattern, also known as a Widmanstätten pattern, which refers to the long kamacite crystals made from nickel and iron.
The pattern on each piece is what makes them so unique. They form when the hot crystals in the meteorite slowly cool as it travels through the solar system. Like snowflakes, each piece is unique.
Why choose a meteorite tungsten wedding band over other popular ring materials? Here are 5 good reasons.
Is there anything more unique than gifting your partner a ring from outer space? We don’t think so. Not only is this material out of this world, but it’s also millions of years old. That means you can carry a small part of the universe’s history wherever you go.
What’s more, the formation of meteorites creates a different pattern every time. Therefore, no two rings are the same. Each meteorite tungsten wedding band is distinct. It’s a perfect way to symbolize the uniqueness of your love and its history.
Although meteorite rings are unique, they complement other metals well. For example, you can combine meteorite with other materials within the ring, such as wood, crushed sandstone or abalone shell. Also, its dark greyish color matches well with other colors. So, it can be matched with a tungsten ring that has black, blue, or yellow or rose gold plating as part of its design. There are many options to choose from so you can select whatever looks and feels best for you.
Many people collect meteorite, so wouldn’t it be amazing to own a ring that many people value. The rarity and uniqueness of meteorite rocks can make them expensive pieces. So much so that they can be worth more than gold; for instance, some of the best cuts of meteorite can be worth as much as $1,000 per gram. Rare examples of lunar or Martian meteorites can go for even more.
But don’t worry! Authentic tungsten meteorite rings are still affordable. You can find rings selling in the $100 to $500 range. Although meteorite jewelry is rare, the prices are surprisingly affordable. However, keep in mind that the size of the meteorite will impact the price accordingly. Therefore, a ring with a chunk of meteorite will cost more than a ring with only shavings.
Most importantly, every meteorite tungsten wedding band is durable. Because of the process and the time it takes to form, these pieces are solid and resistant. They are made of many metals, specifically metallic iron-nickel, which gives them strength. But adding other hard metals, such as tungsten, can make it even more durable.
A meteorite tungsten wedding band does not require a lot of care. But understanding how to look after it helps to preserve its beauty and condition.
Meteorite is primarily made from iron, making it prone to oxidation. Prolonged exposure to moisture and oxygen can cause it to rust. Therefore, at Steven G Designs we coat all meteorite inlays with a strong durable coating of epoxy resin.
If for some reason the protective epoxy resin coating is damaged and the meteorite comes in contact with moisture it can start to oxidize. You might begin to see an orange color tint on some parts of the meteorite. But wax or oil can add a protective layer to keep it safe. You should recoat it as soon as you notice a deep scratch to prevent moisture from getting into the crevices of the material.
Maintaining the outer layer is crucial for keeping meteorite jewelry in shape and preserving its natural beauty and integrity.
If you or your partner are allergic to nickel, then you need not worry. Meteorite rings may contain nickel, but we inlay the meteorite into the tungsten ring and coat it with durable epoxy resin. In this way it does not contact the wear’s skin and will not cause any allergic reaction.
Tungsten carbide rings, a combination of tungsten and carbon, also contains a small amount of nickel but with the process of combining the metals the nickel binds so well with the tungsten that it loses its ability to react with the skin.
See more information on tungsten carbide in our blog The Pros and Cons of Tungsten Wedding Rings.
When choosing a wedding band, there are many factors to consider. For instance, what is the perfect shape? What size do you need? What style are you looking for?
A meteorite wedding band can make a big statement. It’s from outer space, after all. Choosing this material over any other option is a testament to your one-of-a-kind love.
Luckily, the meteorite is versatile, so it easily matches various styles. As a result, you have many options when choosing the band size and whether you want the stone to be used as a base or an inlay in the ring.
There are plenty of decisions to make when selecting the perfect wedding band for your partner. But looking at ideas can help you determine which options best match you and your partner.
Speaking to our professional team to help you choose the material is the first place to start. We guarantee you’ll find the ring to last a lifetime!
A meteorite tungsten wedding band is extremely durable, but you’ll want to speak with us about any special care concerns. The expert team at Steven G Designs is always happy to help!
Please purchase your meteorite ring from a reputable seller, such as Steven G Designs. Many rings sold on the market today state that they contain real meteorite but contain a meteorite substitutes. One common material used is a metal silvery foil that is shaped to look like it has a rock texture. Another is crushed sandstone, which is difficult to distinguish from real meteorite. Both these materials are less rare and less expensive than the real thing.
At Steven G Designs we sell tungsten rings with all three - real meteorite, metal foil and crushed sandstone, but we let you know what each of our rings are truly made from.
Meteorite tungsten wedding bands are highly sought-after today for their durability and uniqueness. Their striking appearance, fascinating history, and unique composition make a meteorite tungsten wedding band a first-rate choice to represent your eternal, star-crossed love.
The team at Steve G Designs are specialists in creating durable, beautiful, unforgettable rings in a stunning range of designs. Browse the collection today!
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